Follow these simple rules, and your cover letters will stand out from the crowd.
There are three basic parts to writing the cover letter: Opening, body and closing.
This part of the letter should grab the reader's attention immediately. Skip the "I am exploring employment opportunities" line. Think of who your reader is and imagine them opening your correspondence. Why would they want to take the time out of their busy day to read a letter from you?
Here are some examples of opening sentences...
- "Could your organization benefit from a marketing professional with a proven track record?"
- "I am a Hospital Educator graduate offering an excellent academic history for your university hospital position."
- "I will be relocating to your area in the next two months and have enclosed my resume in the event you are in need of qualified nurse manager."
This is also an excellent place to name drop (right at the beginning)!
- "Harry Jones recently suggested that I forward a copy of my resume to your attention."
- "Your recent advertisement in the Anytown Gazette is of particular interest to me."
The paragraph then identifies your reason for writing and, hopefully, draws the reader to a logical transition to the next paragraph. You may even want to use bullet points in the next paragraph, and a logical transition could be:
"The following highlights some of my accomplishments (or experience)"
Some people insist this be one paragraph, but if you have two totally separate ideas, such as present and formative experience that are relevant, or you sincerely believe that a longer letter is necessary to convey your idea, by all means use two paragraphs for your body copy. This paragraph gets to the center, the summary of what you have to offer.
- "I am offering over 10 years of background in clinical settings with emphasis on..."
- "As a Surgery Manager with over 20 years of comprehensive background in the field, I am seeking a Directors role..."
If you are attempting to create a base letter covering several areas of experience, you may want to use a bulleted format. After stating "The following highlights some of my accomplishments (or experiences)" at the end of your opening paragraph, begin a series of bullets that identify and highlight your areas of experience. For example:
The following highlights some of my accomplishments (or experience):
- Proven management capabilities. Supervise a staff of 50 staff, delegating work flow and ensuring quality of work performance.
- Effective communicator, managing multiple projects concurrently at remote sites, working with and through staff to achieve positive results.
A traditional formality, the idea is to endear yourself to the reader. Keep in mind that the format should accent your letter, but not take attention away from it.
The most commonly used complimentary closes include:
- Sincerely yours,
- Yours sincerely,
The proper approach useful for very conservative legal or medical settings could be:
- Your respectfully,
- Respectfully submitted,
The formal closure for corporate employment could be:
The casual approach to those you've met with previously:
Medical assistant cover letter
View this sample cover letter for a medical assistant, or download the medical assistant cover letter template in Word.
As a medical assistant, you’re an integral part of helping doctors deliver patient care. Your cover letter should demonstrate your skills and experience, as well as your passion for your work. To be considered for top medical assistant jobs, it helps to have a well-crafted cover letter. For writing tips, view this sample cover letter for a medical assistant, or download the medical assistant cover letter template in Word.
Additionally, you can learn about health care careers and search for medical assistant jobs on Monster.
Medical assistant cover letter template
Monica Swift, CNA
Sometown, FL 55555 | (555) 555-5555 | firstname.lastname@example.org
July 27, 2017
Mr. Michael Delaney
555 Arbor Ave.
Sometown, FL 55555
Re: Medical Assistant, Oncology Unit Position l Advertised on Monster
Dear Mr. Delaney:
As an upcoming graduate of XYZ School’s CAAHEP-accredited Medical Assistant (MA) program with a career focus in medical oncology, I am interested in serving as a medical assistant at your state-of-the-art hospital. My résumé is enclosed for your review.
I recently completed a medical assistant externship at DEF Hospital’s Cancer Center, a world-class medical environment that included medical oncology, radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging, BMT and gynecologic oncology programs. During my externship, I demonstrated excellent patient care and attention to detail in performing a range of assignments, including:
- Taking medical histories and updating patient medical records
- Coding and filling out insurance forms
- Explaining treatment procedures to patients and assisting physicians during exams
- Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens
- Instructing patients about medication and special diets
- Preparing and administering medications as directed by physicians
- Drawing blood, taking electrocardiograms and changing dressings
I also bring to the table five years of healthcare experience gained through work as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) within hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. When combined with my medical assistant studies, this background provides a strong foundation in quality patient care, disease physiology, EMR systems, patient recordkeeping and HIPAA compliance. As a result, I would quickly become a productive member of your team.
If you are seeking a dedicated medical assistant to provide compassionate care to your oncology patients, please consider my qualifications. You can call my cell at (555) 555-5555 or email email@example.com to arrange an interview. Thank you in advance for your time.
Monica Swift, CNA
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