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Nursing Cover Letters

Nursing Cover Letters

By Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume Expert

Cover Letter Etiquette

Job seekers often spend countless hours developing their resumes and then treat their cover letters as an afterthought. This can be a critical mistake; the cover letter can help your resume get noticed.

Think of the cover letter as your resume’s cheerleading section. To make the best impression, follow these etiquette rules:

Say No to the Cover Letter Cop-Out

The first rule of cover letter etiquette is to send a cover letter — always. It doesn’t matter if the hiring manager didn’t ask for it or you’re too busy to write one. It’s proper business etiquette to accompany a resume with a cover letter, and it gives you the opportunity to help sell yourself for the position.

Be Concise

Busy hiring managers don’t have time to wade through letters that could pass for dissertations. Get to the point as expeditiously as possible, and break any paragraphs seven lines or longer into short, easily digestible ones.

When emailing your cover letter, brevity is even more important. The nature of email calls for concise communication, in part because it’s harder to read on screen than on paper. However, don’t fall prey to the one-line cover letter that some job seekers try to pass off. It goes something like this: “Please see attached resume, and thank you for your time and consideration.” You should be able to write a convincing cover letter in a few brief paragraphs.

Keep It Professional But Friendly

While a resume is generally a formal document, cover letters give you a chance to reveal your personality. Not only do you want to show that you’re a good fit for the position, but you also want the reader to like you. Appropriate use of humor, combined with a friendly and professional tone, can help endear you to the hiring manager.

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    charlita

    over 6 years ago

    2976 comments

    very nice. Very good information

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    Isaac

    over 6 years ago

    38 comments

    THAT IS ABSOLUTELY GREAT COVER LETTER, i searched for that before but really i have found it.
    Nice work.

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    cmellor2

    almost 7 years ago

    6 comments

    I am writing a resume now, have searched all over the internet for nurse resumes- couldn't find much. This was great info. Thank you very much. I have 19 yrs experience.

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    Liz

    almost 7 years ago

    2 comments

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. I have heard people mention cover letters but I had no idea what they were talking about. This has been a great help.

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    Prissy

    almost 7 years ago

    16 comments

    Great advice. I have been seeking info like this.

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    dadsjake

    almost 7 years ago

    26 comments

    very very helpful and good to know

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    mrsRN

    almost 7 years ago

    24 comments

    Very helpful.

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