25 March 1999Mr. Richard L. Burns
Dear Mr. Burns:
I learned of your opening for a software engineer through a posting in Virginia Tech's Career Services office. In May 1996, I will graduate with a bachelor's degree in computer science and would like to apply for the position at MEGATEK Corporation.
In my software engineering class, I am part of a six person software development team writing a computer-aided aircraft design program for NASA. My responsibilities include the upper level design, coding, and testing of a graphical user interface. I have a strong background in software development, including a summer internship at MITRE Corporation, and believe I can contribute significantly to the design and manufacture of MEGATEK software. Enclosed is my resume which further outlines my qualifications.
I am very interested in working for your company and would like the opportunity to discuss a position with you. I will contact you in a week to ten days to answer any questions you may have. Thank you for your consideration.
Mary Beth Smith
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