my first degree is in business mgmt & I've taken some HR courses and business communication courses as well: formatting first
Your city, state
July 31, 2013
Dear Nurse Recruiter (use name if you have it)
First paragraph: Introduce yourself. Where did you graduate, or what nursing school do you attend? GPA? What position are you applying for (good to use, HR searches for keywords in documents)? Why are you contacting this person-- what is the intent/purpose of this letter?
Second paragraph: Explain why you chose to become nurse. Good time to reference LPN experience--play it up, including a memorable patient experience or skills you learned and/or utilized. USE only 1 SIMPLE sentence to explain scheduling conflict with starting nursing school. If you get an interview and they specifically ask you about this leaving LPN job then and only then give a little more detail, and IMO scheduling conflict with nursing courses is a legitimate excuse to resign (go no further than that when writing, or talking about this job-- basically you NEVER want to be negative, or whiny about a previous employer- no matter what the issue!) Maybe even throw in a good, relevant quote-- NO cliches, remember to reference your source at bottom of page. Cover letter should NOT be longer than 1 page, if it is trim it out- they won't read it, trust me!
Third paragraph: Why do you choose this specific hospital? Reputation? Center of excellence? Quality service? Specialization (best peds hospital, stroke center, etc.)? How will working for this institution benefit them AND you? Will it hone your skills? Allow you to specialize in the field of your desires? Thank you for your time and consideration.
Sincerely (Or Cordially),
P.S. Let your resume be that- your resume. Your cover letter should make you stand out from your peers and should be worded well enough to keep the recruiters attention, if they get bored (reads just like an online template like a 1000 other applicants do) they will stop reading. Hope you find this helpful. Oh yea, almost forgot, tailor your cover for EACH position you apply for (unless applying for more than 1 position at same hospital- you want the recruiter to feel like you took time to research their organization, position, and are detail oriented by searching their address, name (you can always call HR dept and ask name of mgr because you want to write her/him a cover letter) and putting in letter