I am working on a good cover letter for my job search for a job in L&D. I was trying to make a good sounding one, not one that is just cookie cutter boring.
I will cut and paste the letter. obviously, i will xxx out any identifying details, and my name/addy/contact info is at the top, but i wont be posting that part of the letter, of course!
please give me honest opinions-i haven't turned in this letter to anyone, as i am trying to perfect it.
July 9, 2006
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing in reference to your RN position listed on xxx's website for the full time Labor and Delivery RN, for the shift of 7a-7p. I am extremely interested in becoming a member of your team.
I think I would make a wonderful addition to your nursing staff. As you can see in my resume, I am a May 2005 nursing school graduate and have worked in the cardiac surgery progressive care unit ever since. Although this is not obstetrical in nature, I believe that my experiences here will qualify me for this position.
Working in a fast paced unit, I have learned to adapt quickly, make quick decisions, manage busy patients, do extensive patient and family teaching, work with patients who have the ability to "go bad" at any time, all of which I think would also be applicable in the obstetrical setting.
I am a quick learner, enjoy learning new things on the job, do not shy away from difficult assignments, and have a knack for relating to patients and their families.
I have always wanted to work in labor and delivery, since my rotation through your L &D department in nursing school. If you were to offer the job based on enthusiasm/excitement alone, I'd be the nurse for you!
If you hire me, I will dedicate myself to learning all I can, and working hard to maintain the high standards you set for your unit.
Again, my current experience is not OB, but I hope that my great performance at my current job, my accomplishments (as noted on resume), references, my being a current xxx employee, and my sheer excitement and desire to become a Labor and Delivery nurse will help you come to same conclusion that I already have: I am the right nurse for this job.
Jul 10, '06
I would delete this para., because it is redundant:
I am a quick learner, enjoy learning new things on the job, do not shy away from difficult assignments, and have an affinity for relating to patients and their families.
I would also delete para. 6; it sounds a little too much like "Puhhhleeeeze hire me!"
I would modify this para.:
I have always wanted to work in labor and delivery, since my rotation through your L&D department in nursing school, because your department was very educational, your nurses professional, and I felt it would be an excellent environment in which to work and to learn. That clinical rotation sparked that desire to be an OB nurse.
to something like this:
My interest in obstetrical nursing was sparked during my student rotation in your department. I was impressed with the professionalism and clinical expertise of the nurses, as well as with the opportunities for nurses to increase their knowledge and skills.
I would rephrase this:
I have already applied through xxx’s website, but I wanted to introduce myself as a potential candidate. I hope to hear from you soon to set up an interview. Thank you for your time and consideration.
to something like this:
I feel my critical care experience, as well as my enthusiasm for becoming an obstetrical nurse would make me an ideal candidate for your department. I have applied online through your facility's website, but would appreciate the opportunity to discuss a position in your department in person.
Thank you for your consideration of my resume,
xxx xxxx. RN
Last edit by PANurseRN1 on Jul 10, '06