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 was eager to submit my resume for your consideration for the role as chief Veterinarian as soon as I learned of the new vacancy at Seaside Animal Health Center. I am a highly trained professional Veterinarian, with over 10 years of experience working in a clinical setting.
Most recently I worked for the Cat & Dog Clinic, where I was responsible for providing checkups, examinations, vaccinations, surgeries, and more, for about 50 patients per day. Though I am content within this office, I am interested in a role that would give me the opportunity to work with other animals in addition to cats and dogs. I am particularly interested in working with large animals and I know that a large portion of your clientele are farmers. I have heard wonderful things about your large animal health care programs and I would love the opportunity to learn more about this line of veterinary medicine.
I have many loyal patients who have commended me on the compassionate care I have provided to their beloved pets. I am confident in my diagnostic skills and always do my best to choose the least-invasive treatment options possible for my furry patients.
I believe there is no greater satisfaction that going back home after a long day of work knowing that I have helped somebody’s best friend. It would be my sincere pleasure to share my dedication and passion for this career with the patients at the Seaside Animal Health Center
I appreciate your considering and I would love to have the opportunity to discuss this opportunity in more detail to learn about your goals for this role. I’ve attached my resume for reference.
How to write a veterinarian 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 veterinarian
- 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