Nursing Cover Letter
Nursing Cover Letter
Sure, you’ve sent resumes and cover letters a hundred times. But just in case, here’s a great checklist to make sure you’ve done everything necessary and put yourself in the best possible position for retrieving and interrogating:]
For your cover letter:
______ Keep it on one side or less. Long letters are less likely to be thoroughly read.
______ Only sign the letter with blue or black ink. Everything else is a RED flag.
______ Speak convincingly and sell yourself. If you are tentative or hesitant in your letter, the person reviewing the candidates could put you at the bottom of the list.
______ Make it clear for which position you are applying. Be clear – and be precise. Do not mention the wrong job in your letter (because you’ve recycled your cover letters)!
______ Write in a positive and enthusiastic tone, as if that particular job was the one you always dreamed about (do not go overboard).
______ Do not use photocopies of your letter. Employers assume that you were not interested enough in the job to create an original cover letter.
______ Use a standard letter format. Legal-sized paper or smaller sheets are not standard formats and cause unwanted questions.
______ If your CV contains anomalies (such as employment gaps), explain them as briefly and positively as possible.
______ Tell the employer how to help him with the hiring. Be sure of your abilities, but not too self-confident.
______ Keep a copy of each letter for future reference. It is also good to keep track of when you sent letters, so that if you have sent many, you know who might be calling at a certain time.
______ Try to avoid “me” statements as much as possible. Show that you were part of a team, but indicate your position. For example, “I have a team of managers …”
For your CV:
______ Avoid too much work experience. Just go for what is relevant and current. What you did 30 years ago will probably not be helpful at the moment.
______ Your objective statement should clearly state the nature of the job you are looking for and obviously should fit exactly to the job you are applying for.
______ Your accomplishments and abilities should be presented in the best possible light without fabricating them.
______ The design of your resume should be easy to read and the layout should be clear. Avoid too many dividing lines in your text and do not use graphics. Just hold it.
______ Make sure your contact information is 100% correct. E-mail and phone numbers should be checked and double checked. Say whoever picks up the phone to be professional. This means that children, spouses, and others should not play games when answering the phone, especially if it is not a grandma’s call.
______ Add a reference sheet on a separate piece of paper if it is part of the instructions for use. Otherwise, “References on Request” will be fine at the end of your resume. Make sure your references are positive!
Tips for both
______ Make sure you use the same paper in your cover letter and resume, otherwise it will look unprofessional.
______ Good quality paper is essential. Please no colored paper or prints.
______ Proofreading, grammar and consistency proofreading at least three times. Let someone check your work just in case. If you do not pay attention to details here, you certainly will not improve your chances of having a job interview in nursing.
______ If possible, send a 9 “x 12” or 10 “x 13” envelope so your resume and cover letter are flat and crisp. Otherwise, fold it with the cover letter upwards in one-third.
If you follow this checklist carefully, you can avoid making mistakes when applying for a job in nursing – or even a job of any kind!