How to post a quote in the beginning of your cover letter? - page 2

by lullaby

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Hi, I'm working on my cover letter and I'd like to begin it with my graduation quote (it's 3 sentences long) to try something new (and because I really like the quote). My question is do I have the quote floating above the... Read More


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    I entirely concur with the majority of the responders here. I know you want to stand out, and you think that putting this very special quote in your cover letter will do that, but actually.... it will make you stand out, but not in a good way.

    Nursing Schools REALLY do students a disservice when it comes to the basics of cover letters, resumes, and appropriate dress for interviews. I was shocked when I went into my MPH program and actually attended a class on all of those things. (And yes, it was healthcare admin, most of those folks now are CEO, COO, CFO). They detailed dress down to the color of panty hose that should be worn, and if a woman choses pants, what style and type. Was it easier for me to get a job after that...YES.

    What I was taught was to avoid anything that smacks of you trying to show some "Personality". Yes, you want to stand out, but, when you try to stand out in your dress, or your resume, or your letter, you detract from your qualifications- as people are suddenly focused on your dress/scented letter/color paper resume, and you also give them an opportunity to reject you- "She dressed strangely, I hate funky chunky jewlrey etc./Her resume was 7 pages, obviously she does not how to be brief/Her cover letter had a quote in it that I really think was cheesy/etc. " If you look like a Professional through and through then they have no outward reason to reject you. Secondly, once you secure the job, you can be as original as you want. it is only for the first look that you want to appear as professional as possible. Do I make sense?

    For many years, I think schools have been lax at helping students prepare. The job market was a free-for-all. Its unfortunate now that it is a tight market that schools are not taking more time on how to prepare yourself to get the job.
    NRSKarenRN, Tragically Hip, and blinky like this.
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    Quote from sauconyrunner

    Nursing Schools REALLY do students a disservice when it comes to the basics of cover letters, resumes, and appropriate dress for interviews. I was shocked when I went into my MPH program and actually attended a class on all of those things.
    What did you learn from this class? For interviews in healthcare field or as RN?
    -Cover letter / resume tips?

    I have mine attached in my post below, I welcome feedback, if you feel inclined.
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    Quote from blinky
    Hi, how are you? I'm a recent grad RN looking for work. Was wondering if you could by chance read two of my cover letters and lend any advice or critique it from a managers point of view?

    Thank you
    M-

    sorry to hi-jack thread but your PM box is full.
    I had no idea I was at my max in my PMs! Have now done some weeding out; feel free to send them to me and I'll let you know how they look IMO
    RED1984 likes this.
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    I have a quote on my resume, but not on the cover letter. I don't think it would be appropriate in the cover letter.


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