I’m very pleased to express my interest to join your team as a Web Engineer!
I have been considering applying at Human Made for about a year now, since I saw that some of the finest WordPress folks are at Human Made! I feel I’m now prepared for this role more than ever before.
In this page, I would like to talk about myself and why I want to work here.
Thanks so much for reading this and I hope you will enjoy the rest of the content!
A Bit About Myself
I’m Muhammad Muhsin, a Full Stack Engineer from Colombo, Sri Lanka. I completed my degree, a BSc (Hons) Software Engineering at Plymouth University with a First Class Honors, becoming the batch topper and winning awards. Before that I completed my Cambridge GCE Ordinary and Advanced Level exams in Colombo – both with flying colors.
My interests are in writing clean code with documentation, pursuing open-source development, blogging and writing for publications such as Smashing Magazine, photography and of course eating out with friends and family.
You can read about what I did in 2018 here!
My WordPress Journey
I started blogging with WordPress in 2015 while I was at college and instantly fell in love with the platform. Right after college, I built a startup around WordPress while my friends were looking for jobs. I built themes with Underscores and built many must-use plugins. I have built multiple sites for government organizations which included multilingual sites using WPML. I have used WooCommerce for powering simple stores, and combined it with WooCommerce Bookings to build complex integrations with a remote kiosk to get booking availability and to purchase tickets – in other words to power the entire online experience for an Adventure Park in the Emirates.
I’m now looking at the next challenge with WordPress and joining a company like Human Made would surely help me get there.
My React Journey
I was introduced to React back in 2015 while I was building my final project for college. It was a web app built with React, Node and other technologies that will replace the clickers that lecturers hand over to students while getting them to answer a classroom quiz. I set it up to run on an embedded chip (Onion Omega) so that a server can be spun up easily.
This project was one of the best in my class and helped me in becoming the batch topper with a first class. Furthermore, it was displayed at different events in my college.
I then began using React to build a WordPress theme. I built the first version of my startup’s site with WordPress REST API, React, Flux, Gulp, Webpack and Page router. I then open sourced a React theme for WordPress and wrote about it on Smashing Magazine. Later on I built a few smaller apps with Create React App.
I’m currently exploring GatsbyJS, Next.js, accessibility and inclusive design patterns. I have recently written about React Context API on Gatsby’s own blog. I’m also the lead developer of the GatsbyWPThemes.com project, initiated by Educator Zac Gordon – where we port popular WordPress themes to Gatsby.
I’m currently consulting with LearnDash – the popular LMS plugin for WordPress. I’m augmenting the core team, helping on the React front for V3 of their plugin.
Why Human Made
I feel Human Made has some of the most talented folks working from around the world and I think it would be a real honor to be working alongside them.
I have met a few Humans (both online and offline) from around the world and I was very impressed by their kindness, friendliness, their willingness to help and a love of open source. For instance, I was a volunteer at WordCamp Colombo 2017 and assisted your own Prasath and we became good friends.
I have watched many talks from Humans and I feel you are heading in the right direction, and would love to be a part of that!
Lastly, I have always wanted to give back to the WordPress community. The WordPress community has been very kind and helpful for me and my career and I think it’s a responsibility to give back to it. I have done that in the past by organizing meetups, mentoring others regarding WordPress and by volunteering at a WordCamp (as mentioned before). I believe joining Human Made would be an ideal way to contribute to WordPress and give back to the community.
I hope this cover letter was useful for you in considering my application for Web Engineer at Human Made. I thank you for reading this and I hope for a positive response from you!