What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?
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!
Dear Ms. Anne Davis,
I am excited to write in application for the Nursing position available at your practice. As a fully accredited nurse with over 12 years of experience and counting, I am confident that my skills, qualifications and experience will satisfy the full requirements of the job.
Nursing has always been a passion of mine which has easily helped me to learn the ins and outs for the industry. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to apply my in-depth medical knowledge, high technical skills and customer service that helps patients feel comfortable with all aspects of their care in your company.
With a primary focus in cardiology and pediatrics, I played a significant role in all stages of the patient care process including the admission of patients, examination of medical history, test ordering, conditions diagnosis, the design of treatment plans, prescription of medicine and patient education.
In my previous job, I was trained to specialize in conducting Persantine and Lexiscan nuclear stress tests and exercises and later led the team as the Training Team Leader during procedures. I also had the opportunity to pioneer the implementation of new technology aimed to improve patient and physician interactions and increase successful business growth.
In efforts to increase business, I worked together with the management team and helped design and implement a mobile app that delivered educational, medical content and medication reminders to patients on their phone. The result of the mobile app initiative led to a 40% increase in patients complying with their medication instructions and a 60% decrease in appointment cancellations.
I thank you for your kind consideration of my application and look forward to learning more about the Nursing position. I am confident that my skills and qualifications meet the job requirements and I am excited over the opportunity to exceed your expectations. I also hold a current license and registration, application of which can easily be transferred to your practice.
I am available for an interview at your earliest convenience.
How to write a 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 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