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!

[Your Name]

[Phone Number] | [e-mail]
September 17, 2019

Dear Hiring Manager,

I'm writing today because I wish to be considered a candidate for the open position of Registered Nurse within the Oncology Department at Johnson & Wilkes Medical Center which I saw posted on Resume.com. I've been looking for an opportunity to join an Oncology department since graduating from my nursing program 2 years ago, and I feel that I would a strong asset to your clinical team.

I have a person interest in oncology because my mother is a breast cancer survivor and I was her caregiver throughout treatment. In fact, this experience is what compelled me to become a registered nurse in the first place.

Since graduation I have been working as a Registered Nurse in a small community hospital. This position has exposed me to all kinds of different medical situations and has helped me become a well-rounded caregiver. I'm thankful to have had this opportunity to hone my nursing skills but I am eager for further career growth.

Throughout my career both as a nursing student and a practicing nurse I have been a committed volunteer for my local hospice foundation. This experience has helped me develop a patient and caring bedside manner that my patients deeply appreciate. In fact, I was voted volunteer of the month for 6 consecutive months last year!

I am a dedicated team player and don't hesitate to help my coworkers out, even if the task falls outside of my job description. My ultimate goal is that every patient receives exceptional care and I'm willing to go above and beyond to provide it.

I would be honored to be part of your oncology team at Johnson & Wilkes Medical Center. I'm confident that I have the can-do attitude and skillset needed to perform the job. I’m also certain that there is plenty of room for me to learn new skills within your state of the art facility. I thank you for taking the time to review my application and hope to speak to you soon regarding an interview.


How to write a registered 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 registered 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