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,
I am writing to apply for the position of School Nurse with Pine Grove Secondary, which I saw advertised on resume.com. I am a Registered Nurse with over 10 years of experience practicing in a community health clinic. My history of providing excellent patient care and my experience treating a myriad of different health issues make me an excellent candidate for this role.
Throughout my career I have worked mainly in a community health clinic where I treated patients of all different ages and backgrounds. This setting enabled me to learn about a plethora of different injuries and illnesses and how to treat them. As a result, I have become a well-rounded nursing professional.
In my previous role, responsibilities included performing physical exams, administering medication and keeping detailed records of patient care. I was also responsible for communicating with patients, team members and other health care professionals.
I have always been recognized for my exceptional bedside manner. I know how stressful and uncomfortable it is to be sick or injured and I always do my best to make my patients feel understood. Additionally, my coworkers and managers have always commended me for my collaborative attitude and my ability to remain calm and productive even in the most stressful and chaotic environments.
I would love the opportunity to bring my excellent patient care skills and profound nursing knowledge to work at Pine Grove Secondary. I thank you for taking the time to review my application and I hope to speak with you soon regarding an interview.
How to write a school 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 school 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