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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.


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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  • Nana_and_grandkids_minus_noah_max50


    almost 7 years ago


    very nice. Very good information

  • Picture_041_max50


    almost 7 years ago


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

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 7 years ago


    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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 7 years ago


    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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 7 years ago


    Great advice. I have been seeking info like this.

  • Typenningtonw_max50


    about 7 years ago


    very very helpful and good to know

  • Christmas_sadie_2andahalf_max50


    about 7 years ago


    Very helpful.

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