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 Hiring Manager,
Ever since I was young, I have always shared a passion for helping others no matter their age group or ethnic background. This keen interest to help others fell in line with a nursing internship I carried out in ABC practice which cemented my desire to become a student nurse.
I am passionate about the nursing industry and have a robust clinical experience backing my abilities. During my clinical training, I worked with a wide range of patients who remarked fondly about their ease and comfort under my care. My primary focus was to help patients recover as quickly and timely as possible while maintaining their support at all times.
As a part of my training, I quickly found enjoyment in pediatrics and geriatrics and would love to continue working with children and the elderly. At ABC practice, I excelled in my coursework with the commendation of learning as much as possible while absorbing in-depth knowledge of the theories and application of nursing and the more significant medical industry. I have experience in every medical department of the hospital and am skilled in phlebotomy, medication administration and patient record keeping.
I pride myself in my ability to connect with patients in a fashion that makes them feel comfortable and at ease in the practice. Not only am I great at patient care and service, but I also work very well in a team and am efficient in taking instructions from and following orders received by practitioners and physicians. With the confidence in my abilities and the evident track record I have to offer, I am confident that my skills, qualifications and experience will prove to be invaluable in your practice if given a chance to work as the new Nursing Student.
Thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to learning more about your practice. Should you require any clarification, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
How to write a nursing student 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 nursing student
- 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