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Travel Nurse Cover Letters: How to Write an Effective Cover Letter

If you’re interested in working as traveling nurse, you’re going to need to send your CV and other information to one or more traveling nurse staffing services. While your resume and/or CV is critical, so also is the cover letter you’ll be writing.

Read below for more tips on how to write a great travel nurse cover letter.

Study the website of the staffing service. This is important because you’re going to write a different cover letter for every service for which you apply. The letters may be similar, but you should aim to make each somewhat different as you discuss what you found on the company’s website, such as if it specializes in a specific type of nurse, if it offers just short (13-week) assignments, if it has assignments in specific areas of the country, etc.

Personalizing a cover letter also lets a recruiter know that you took the time to learn more about the staffing service and its needs. This is important as no company wants to feel it’s just “another” in a long line of services to which you’ve applied. You certainly should send your cover letter/resume to a few different services; you don’t need to “broadcast” it, however.

Naturally, you’ll want to check, recheck and then check again to make sure your cover letter has no typos or mistakes in grammar. Ask someone to read the letter after you’ve checked it; our eyes often miss things after we’ve created a document and even read it several times ourselves.

Your cover letter should start out with a very brief description of your specialty (critical care, NICU, geriatrics, etc.) and then immediately say that you’re looking for opportunities as a travel nurse. You then should mention any degrees and certifications you possess.

You’ll then want to briefly describe your professional experience. You should frame your experience in terms of your flexibility, dependability, leadership skills, etc.

You don’t need to go into excessive detail regarding your work experience on the cover letter; save that information for your CV/resume. Make sure you give your e-mail address as well as a phone number.

If you have any doubts regarding how effective your cover letter may be, send it to one of our recruiters. We’ll be happy to take a look at it and offer tips on how to make it better. And we’ll be happy to discuss some of the terrific travel nurse opportunities we have here at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We look forward to hearing from you!