I graduated in January and still looking for a position so I decided to revamp my resume & cover letter. I had someone professionally do my resume but she is just not getting the cover letter right. Can someone help with what it should include? I have been working as a camp nurse this summer so I would like to highlight this experience. I also had an internship during school as a patient navigator, not nursing, but still in the health field. AND I currently work as a direct service professional in a group home where I am certified to administer meds, and have to take vital signs, communicste w/ our nurse and take my residents on doctor's appointments, etc. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
Aug 5, '12
As far as the format of your cover letter goes, I would start (after your info, their info, the dear so and so) with a statement about hoping they will consider you for such and such position at whatever hospital (something of that sort). You want to talk about how you heard about this position, why you want to work there, etc.
In the next paragraph I think it's a good idea to relate some of your strengths to your hospital or unit's core values (what they are looking for). This shows you have done your research, but also shows why you would be a good fit with the hospital/unit.
The third paragraph in mine stated other positive traits I possessed, my work history and how it related, that I pride myself on this or that, etc.
Your last sentence/paragraph needs to wrap everything up nicely. Ie: I believe my skills and experience match up with the kind of nurse you are looking for. Thank you for your consideration.
I hope that makes sense. I didn't want to just copy and paste my cover letter on here. Don't be afraid to toot your own horn a little bit. Remember your cover letter is NOT supposed to repeat your resume. It is meant to go into more detail or explore things your resume can't. Good luck!
Aug 10, '12
Excuse me, why can't I see the cover letter please?