Medical Cover Letters Don'ts

  • Don't put the light only on yourself and your skills but think of the employer first (make sure to do the same thing when writing your health care resume). Stress what your experience and abilities can do for the company, hospital or group of doctors. This will do more to sell yourself than by writing only about your talents. Prospective employers do want to know what they'll gain by hiring you.


  • Don't be too familiar, however. Also, avoid flowery or overly emotional statements. A good medical cover letter should be both easy to read and professional. An excellent way to showcase one's strong points is to highlight the top 3 to 5 skills gained from previous employers. Do so with nice, tight sentences.


  • Don't use passive verbs but instead focus on active words and verbs which are also direct. Get to the point and sell yourself by quickly indicating your strengths with those active verbs and clear sentences. It isn't bragging to write that you have strong skills in a certain area.


  • Vague words won't have the same impact. Have any doubts? Compare "I have strong skills in leading medical management teams" to " Some of my strengths have come from working in medical management." The first sentence is clear and to the point while the other one leaves readers wondering about specific skills possessed by the potential employee.

Gail Esparan