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Nursing Cover Letters

Nursing Cover Letters

By Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume Expert

Get Personal

Whenever possible, address your letter to a specific person. If a job posting doesn’t include a person’s name, do some research to find out who the correct person is. Try calling the employer (but do respect ads that state “no phone calls”), and ask a receptionist for the hiring manager’s name. Keep the salutation professional by using “Dear Mr. Jones,” not “Dear Jim.”

Focus on the Employer’s Needs

If every other sentence of your letter begins with “I” or “my,” you need to change the focus. Research the employer and find out what types of problems managers there are facing, qualities they look for in employees and their future goals. Then use your letter to prove that you are the answer to their problems. The most compelling letters demonstrate what you can do for the employer, not what the employer can do for you.

Be Original

Your cover letter will stand out if you employ some creativity. For example, you could include a brief summary of your toughest sale or most challenging project.

You could incorporate excerpts of performance reviews to highlight your record of success. Or, you could create two columns in your letter to demonstrate precisely how you meet the employer’s requirements:

Your ad specifies: Five years’ experience in IT.

And I deliver: Six years of superior-rated performance in network design and administration.

Proofread

Cover letters should be free of errors, so thoroughly proofread them before sending. If proofreading is not your strong suit, get help from someone with meticulous proofreading skills. If you’re customizing a cover letter that you use for many positions, remove any placeholders; this will prevent embarrassing errors such as “I would be delighted to be your next .” And one last tip: whatever you do, please spell the hiring manager’s name correctly.

Following cover letter etiquette can be time intensive, but the reward is worth it: More calls for interviews and a greater chance of securing a new position.

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