Medical Cover Letters Do's

Create the right cover letter and a good impression can be made before even meeting a prospective employer. The art of writing cover letters for medical jobs take special techniques.

Some of these tips work for writing any type of cover letter. Basic information can help those seeking medical jobs tweak their health care resume to make sure it is current, relevant and likely to stand out from the crowd.

Do keep the medical cover letter as short as possible. Aim for a one page result.  This may seem impossible but trying to accomplish this goal will lead to a tighter, well-written cover letter. It forces the writer to think of the importance of every word and focus on clear, direct information.

Do make sure the first  paragraph notes which position is desired as well as any referrals or information about how you know about the job. If possible, show this letter to a trusted friend or other person working in a health care position. Ask if that first paragraph would grab interest.

Do try to come up with the strongest lead paragraph possible because employers may not look beyond that, especially if it is dull and doesn't stand out from the crowd. By the end of that first paragraph, the reader should clearly understand the point of the cover letter, what job is desired and why you are a match for the company. This is the time to hook prospective employers in the medical field and have them put you at the top of the list for any future interviews.

Do be familiar with the company and indicate that in the cover letter. At the very least, you should have visited the web site. But it is possible to go beyond that, perhaps meeting with a current or past employee. Much information can be found online and it is worth reading as much as possible about the specific healthcare organization, including any consumer reviews.

Do be sure to note if the medical position is one that runs in the family. If a parent has had the same type of job, it helps to mention that. If a favorite aunt or mentor helped nurture an interest in the field, find a way to weave that into the cover letter. It can help to indicate that passion and pride for the job began long ago and has continued for years.

Do indicate that you can get along with others, working as a team. More and more medical jobs involve employees who work with a team of similar workers. Note any former jobs where you had to work with others and be sure to indicate any improvements that your team made.


Gail Esparan