You are applying for a traveling healthcare job and are preparing your resume and cover letter. Your resume is coming together nicely, but you are having trouble figuring out exactly what you should say in your cover letter.
You entertained the thought of not writing one, but that is a mistake. If you are having a problem, take a step back and look at the overall purpose of the cover letter. It’s the same as your resume – to sell yourself to an employer, show how you can impact their organization, and why you are the best person for the job. Here are some tips to help you accomplish that.
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Do your research.
Customize your letter for each employer. Investigate the healthcare organization. This will help you to determine what you should emphasize in your letter based on what you know about the organization and the demands of the job.
If your travel staffing manager asks you to write a cover letter for a particular assignment, ask her for more information about the hiring manager’s needs and concerns so you can address them specifically.
Fill in the gaps.
The cover letter is the place to answer questions that might remain after the hiring manager has looked at your resume. For example, is there a gap in your work history? The cover letter is the place to explain the gap.
Maybe your background doesn’t fit the requirements for the job. The cover letter is the place to explain how your skills and experience apply to the position and make you the best candidate.
Have someone read over your letter to make sure there are no spelling or grammar errors. These will not help your case, as they are unprofessional. If you are careless enough to allow errors to slip through, how will you perform on the job?
Some organizations require cover letters. For example, they may give directions on format, or ask that the applicant provide a salary range, or want other questions answered. Make sure you follow the instructions, because if you don’t, you may be dropped from consideration.
MedPro Healthcare Staffing is one of the top providers of temporary and contract healthcare professionals in the country. We work with you make sure you have a great travel work experience. If you are a travel nurse looking for assistance in your travel nursing career, contact your recruiter today by calling 800-866-8108.