Your cover letter is quite literally the first thing a hiring manager will see when they're evaluating you for a job – even before your resume. That's why this document is so important. It is the first impression you'll make on a prospective employer, so you'll want to get it right.
The next time you're writing a cover letter for a healthcare role, follow these best practices:
1.) Make it specific.
Tailoring your cover letter to the specific job you're applying for is always recommended. Sending a general cover letter won't impress the hiring manager – they'll be able to see right through it. Read the job posting carefully and use that information to craft your cover letter. If the description is asking for experience in the surgical ward or pediatric skills, point out those skills in your cover letter. Tailoring the document in this way is the best way to get yourself at the top of the pile.
2.) Get to the point.
There's no need to go into extensive detail about your past work history or education in the cover letter. That's what the interview itself is for. Keep the cover letter short, while covering the basic points you need to cover. Get to the point right away – in the first paragraph, state the purpose of the cover letter and make it clear why you would like to be considered for the job. Then, describe your qualifications and experience briefly and wrap up by thanking the hiring manager for their consideration.
3.) Don't forget to proofread.
All too often, an otherwise great cover letter is tainted by the simplest of errors: spelling or grammar mistakes. Always run a spell check on your cover letter, but remember that it might not catch every problem. You'll always want to run through the cover letter carefully and read it aloud to help yourself catch any wording mistakes. You can also have someone else – a trusted friend or family member – read over the cover letter for a second opinion.
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