What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?

Senior Technical Recruiter, Indeed
J. Palmer

I’m an experienced recruiter and I’ve been a hiring manager, too. I’ve seen the same mistakes again and again throughout my career. But if you take a little extra time to avoid these common problems, your cover letter should really stand out!

Remember these four questions to help you write a successful cover letter and get hired:

  • Why do you want to work for the company? What interests you about them?
    • Talk about how your personality and skills align with what they do
  • Why are you a good fit for this company and the job?
    • Write about how your past work, life experiences and skills meet the important requirements of the job
  • How are you personalizing this cover letter sample?
    • Tailor your cover letter to the job you’re applying for
    • Address the cover letter to whoever will be reading it. If you don’t know who will be reading it, you can address it as “To the Hiring Committee” or “To the Hiring Manager”
  • Have you proofread your cover letter?
    • Make sure to check for correct spelling and grammar before sending out your cover letter!
September 17, 2019

[Your Name]

  • [e-mail]
  • [Phone Number]

Dear Mr. Fredrickson,

I write to you in application for the position of Nursing (New Grad) at your practice. As a recent nursing graduate with an RN from ABC College, I am enthusiastic and eager to prove myself and exceed expectations.

Throughout my studies and from my clinical experience, I have developed an in-depth knowledge of the human anatomy, handling of biohazard material, performing patient assessments, giving patient injections and treatments, sanitizing equipment and dispensing medicine.

I pride myself in organizational skills and an excellent sense of time management with the ability to prioritize tasks appropriately. I connect easily with people thanks to my interpersonal and social skills which help me engage with people from all different walks of life. I was ranked in the top 10% of my class for knowledge over nursing protocols and am excited with this opportunity to put my skills to work. My clinical supervisor has commended this understanding of the theories of nursing and the ability to connect with patients.

I am excited to bring my unique skills and expertise to work with the staff at your practice in the position of a Nursing New Grad. I am a team player who works excellently under pressure and am able to adapt to circumstances quickly and on time.

Without a doubt, I am sure that I can contribute effectively to your team with the confidence of meeting all your job requirements. I thank you for this opportunity and for considering my application. I look forward to learning more about this position and am available for an interview at your earliest convenience.

How to write a new grad nurse cover letter?

  • Include your full name and contact information at the top of your cover letter
  • Start the cover letter by respectfully addressing the recipient by name
  • Mention where you found the job posting and your interest in the opportunity
  • Use the first paragraph to explain why you would be a great hire as the new grad nurse
  • Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
  • Thank the reader and express interest in discussing the role in more detail
  • End the cover letter with a professional sign-off and your full name
  • Your cover letter should be one-page or or less in length