New Nurse + Is a Cover letter necessary?

  1. Hi,
    I am new on this site so I am still figuring out how to use it (it legit took me 15 minutes to figure out how to start a topic haha). I am also a new nurse I just got my RN license on August 1st. So far I've applied to five jobs. I know that doesn't sound like much, but I live in NYC, I am an associate degree graduate (going for my BSN in the fall), I can only work part time, and I don't know how to drive. That being said I am limited what I can apply for. For those five applications, I did not put a cover letter. So far I've heard back from White Glove Agency. I applied to a seasonal flu clinic last week which I haven't heard back from. The other three I just applied. None of them are saying "please submit a cover letter.", but do I need it? My mother is a home care administrator she says my resume looks great (then again she is my mom), and she hasn't seen a cover letter in years.
    Hope to get some answers.
    One more thing all the applications I've filled have been online except for White Glove Agency.
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  2. Poll: Is a Cover letter necessary?

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  3. 5 Comments

  4. by   Nurselily101
    I always included a cover letter in all my applications
  5. by   llg
    You might not need it for every job application ... but why take chances? No one is not going to hire because you included a great cover letter in your application submission. If done well, it might help -- but it is highly unlikely to hurt you. Play the odds ... do it.
  6. by   elkpark
    I have always included a cover letter with my applications. It became somewhat tricky to figure out how to do that as everyone switched over to on-line applications, but I figured it out. I've gotten lots of positive feedback on the cover letters over the years. As I see it, the cover letter gives you a chance to highlight some aspects of your background, skills, or interests that might make you a more attractive candidate for the job, but aren't appropriate to include (or just don't fit anywhere) on a resume'.

    As llg notes, a good cover letter is never going to hurt your chances of getting a job but not including a cover letter might, so why take the chance?
  7. by   TheFreckledRN
    Good point. My last application I included a cover letter. I mentioned how I use to volunteer there and that's when I wanted to be a nurse. I followed the guidelines my school gave me it's been about a week since I submitted it. I just got a job giving flu shots till December I hope I find a more permanent job before that ends. Thank you for the advice!
  8. by   TheFreckledRN
    Thank you for the advice, everyone!

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