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I'm trying to apply to a software engineer job, and I'm trying to write a phrase something like:

I always strive for quality. I try to improve and find a different way for every program that I work on.

Is there any way to improve this phrase, or better alternatives?

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I'm afraid proof-reading questions get closed. Perhaps you could recast your question to something more impressively put to sway to the guys on ELU. :) –  Kris Apr 9 '13 at 6:56
    
mmm I think it is not called apply but Cover Letter (google it for examples). It is better to say something like I always try to improve the performance of my programs and my focus is always on the quality of the code and ect. –  speedyGonzales Apr 9 '13 at 7:43
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However, there is no problem with the phrase "I strive for quality". –  Jez Apr 9 '13 at 11:18

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While “I always strive for quality” has no grammar problems and is acceptable, it is not a particularly strong sentence. One might add an example of methods used to ensure quality and write “I strive for quality using X”, replacing X with whatever you use, such as software engineering techniques.

More seriously, “I try to improve and find a different way for every program that I work on” is likely to be negatively interpreted. “A different way” is not of itself desirable in programming. A suitable approach, an appropriate algorithm, an insight – those are all desirable; but something different for the sake of difference, is not.

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