Congratulations! You know what positions you are looking for and are ready to start your job search. You have also just written a dynamite resume. Before you send out that first resume and hope for the best, develop a cover letter that introduces your resume to the employer and encourages a follow-up call.
Cover letters are concise, informative, and should pique the reader’s interest. Think of it as a snapshot of your resume.
From the job announcement for the position in which you are interested, identify one to three of your accomplishments that are most related to the requirements of this position. Describe them in such a way that the reader can link her needs to your skills. Show her that you have solved problems similar to hers. She does not have time to make the connection--your cover letter must do that for her.
Content: Cover letters should be no more than one page long (3 - 4 paragraphs). The first paragraph states why you are writing, the title or type of the position you are seeking, and where you heard about it. If possible, include the name of a networking contact--someone who knows both you and the employer.
The second and third paragraphs elaborate your experiences and interests. Be sure to focus on those that demonstrate your related skills.
The closing paragraph outlines the action you will take to follow up on your application. If the advertisement requests no phone calls, end your letter with a statement such as, “I look forward to hearing from you soon.”
Salary information: Since the salary range for recent nursing graduates is narrow, you won’t have much room to negotiate salary or benefits. As a result, it is recommended that you not include salary requirements in your cover letter-your request may eliminate you from consideration. Of course, you’ll want to be prepared to discuss an offer by researching salary ranges for new nurses in the geographic area in which you are interested.
The following are suggestions as you write a cover letter:
- Be clear. Have a specific purpose in mind before you begin writing.
- When possible, address the letter to a person and not to a position or title. Avoid using “Dear Sir” or “Dear Madam.” If you do not know the name, address the letter to "Dear Hiring Manager:"
- Make your letter brief.
- Make your letters warm and personal. Avoid jargon.
- Carefully proofread for grammatical, spelling, or typing errors. Use a spell checker!
- Use the same paper as your resume. If you are mailing the application, use a matching envelope.
- Keep copies of all correspondence for easier follow-up.
- Develop your own cover letters. You can easily adapt them to fit any position for which you are applying
Sample Cover Letter
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Nurse Educator Cover Letter
Nurse Educators ensure medical instruction at a postsecondary level and train aspiring nurses. Based on our collection of resumes for Nurse Educator, key responsibilities for this role include: developing curricula, preparing lessons, teaching nursing topics and professional responsibility, helping students to acquire hands-on clinical experience, giving assignments, grading tests, tracking attendance, and preparing students for exams.
Those looking to become Nurse Educators should demonstrate they meet the following conditions in their cover letters:
- Being a registered nurse and having at least a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing
- Clinical skills
- Nursing experience
- Instruction skills
- An approachable manner
- Excellent communication and presentation skills
- Patience and perseverance
- Reliability and time management
- Computer competences
Comparable job skills can be seen in the sample cover letter displayed below.
For help with your resume, check out our extensive Nurse Educator Resume Samples.
Dear Ms. Gates:
Upon consideration of your posting for a Nurse Educator to join your team at Advanced Life Medical, I felt compelled to submit my resume for your review. As an experienced nurse instructor and practitioner with comprehensive experience developing lectures, training healthcare professional, and managing direct patient care, I am confident that I would significantly contribute to the success of your organization’s objectives.
My background spans excellent experience in developing and implementing educational healthcare programs to facilitate nursing instruction and medical knowledge. With this success, combined with my hands-on experience providing extensive patient care and overseeing treatment services, I excel at delivering powerful learning presentations and propelling student interest and participation.
Consider the following highlights of my qualifications:
- Achieving a Master’s degree in Nursing and incorporating expertise in healthcare management and care into highly instructive and targeted lectures.
- Developing dynamic curriculum, syllabi, and lessons in healthcare and wellness education to expand nursing students’ knowledge bases and achieve thorough comprehension.
- Collaborating with clinical staff to evaluate learning needs, plan special workshops and seminars, and prepare case presentations and unit lectures.
- Planning and conducting a competency-based orientation program for nursing staff.
- Delivering educational presentations on topics encompassing health promotion, disease prevention, and wellness restoration.
- Utilizing exceptional communication and presentation skills to drive complex subject-matter understanding and information retention.
- Demonstrating superior abilities in direct patient care, treatment plans and administrations, and case management.
With my proven track record of creating comprehensive educational materials for nursing professionals, I am positioned to greatly exceed your expectations for this role and substantially benefit Advanced Life Medical. I look forward to discussing the position, and my qualifications, in detail. Thank you for your consideration.
Sharon J. McMurray