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Cover Letter Help


Has 2 years experience.


I am a new graduate nurse and am seeking advice on how to get my cover letter noticed and not just thrown into a pile that will never be read. I have attached my current cover letter below and any advice would be appreciated, especially if you were/are a hiring manager. 



August 27, 2020

Dear Hiring Manager,

I am a compassionate and dedicated new graduate registered nurse seeking to strengthen my knowledge, skills, and experience in neonatal nursing through employment with Dignity Health. I spent a majority of my clinicals at St. Joseph’s Medical Center where I had the opportunity to experience and participate in compassion, inclusion, integrity, excellence, and collaboration. (I picked this specific statement because these are the values of their organization)

As a recent graduate of San Joaquin Delta College, I have demonstrated academic success, leadership, and adaptability. I was a Student Nurse Association member from February 2019 to May 2020 and was elected to be the communications manager in December 2019. I have been a volunteer in the Emergency Department at St. Joseph’s Medical Center since December 2019. I am also a current member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing. This helps to ensure I will stay up to date on current evidence-based practice.

I aspire to be the best nurse I can be through a commitment to lifelong learning and patient centered care. I am currently enrolled in an RN to BSN program and plan to continue my education further. I am a dedicated individual who utilizes critical thinking to provide the best outcomes to my patients. My priority is to make a positive impact on my patients and their families by providing compassionate, safe, and quality care.

I admire the mission, vision, and values of Dignity Health and firmly believe I would be a valued asset to the health care team and patients. I would be grateful to be considered for employment and look forward to an opportunity to discuss the contribution that I can provide to Dignity Health.

Thank you for your time and consideration.



Specializes in ED, med-surg, peri op. Has 4 years experience.

Didn’t get past the first paragraph. Way to long. To many words in there for the sake of it. Very generic for any new grad. 

you are trying to sell your self with a cover letter, but all you’ve done is used buzz words that only shows you’ve looked at there website. 

Keep it short. Tell them about you, your strengths, you passion. If it’s not authentic, it pointless reading on. 100s of new grads send boring genetic letters like that daily. No ones going to read it. 

In general, I agree with the above opinion. It is necessary to use the wording more specifically and concisely