My Personal Thoughts on a Winning Nursing Cover Letter

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Hello to all my dear readers!

Remember we have talked about LinkedIn profile writing tips for working mamas? I think I wanted to bring the topic of employment back to your eyes and I have several crucial reasons why. Some of my readers asked me to write a little more on resumes in a nursing industry since many women with kids choose to be a nurse because of flexible working conditions. And I think I would totally agree with that claim. I mean, you can always tailor your working hours and shifts however you’re comfortable with. Besides, there is a great range of job options in the nursing field starting from ambulatory and acute care nursing and finishing with school nurses and pharmaceutical and device saleswomen.

And I know how difficult it is for all mothers to come back to their working routine after a maternity leave. I have met thousands of them complaining about failures during their job search, for this reason, I have written best resume writing service review and now I want to make this particular post a little more informative than any others. Therefore, if you are interested in getting a job as a nurse in the nearest future, prepare a pen and a couple of blank paper sheets to write everything down.

Why Talking About Cover Letters?

The world of recruiting is now changing its priorities toward things they consider the most valuable ones for their final choice. Believe it or not, but a successful cover letter is nowadays a key factor for every job candidate to get his foot in the door of any employer.

Although there are hooks you don’t want to be caught on. First, the vast majority of written nursing cover letters look so similar so that they can’t be well distinguished by an HR manager. The main problem here is perhaps the same using temples and resume examples you can easily find in first-appearing Google links or images.

But no, I don’t mean that those templates are not accurate, in fact, they are, although they will likely be ineffective. Just as ineffective as following advice from various resume-related lifehack websites that tell you how to write the best nursing cover letter. Why do I actually think so? Keep reading below!

Nursing Cover Letter Writing: Cookie-Cutter Guideline VS Unique formula of Success

To make sure I am telling you the truth, by typing in the search engine something like “new grad nursing cover letter” or may be “nursing cover letter for new graduate” you will end up with a whole bunch of articles having conventional and hackneyed cover letter writing tips that were demanded in the 1980s but NOT TODAY. Some of those articles even come from reputable and possibly authoritative sources.

So, what am I talking about precisely? Apparently, all of these guidelines describe the following:

  1. Introduction: compelling intro to catch your HR manager’s interest for the rest of your cover letter.
  2. Main body: a description of your previous employment experience, skills, abilities and other professional strengths that include some important bullet words and phrases from your job posting.
  3. Conclusion: showing the strongest interest to be a part of the company’s community and writing down why you are a perfect candidate. And yes, not forgetting to provide your contacts in case you receive a follow-up call.

Now, those tips should be certainly considered, however, let’s be honest: they are just fundamentals that make no particular value for resume (expect of keywords, perhaps).

Is there another working guideline as an alternative to this conventional cover letter writing approach? Of course, there is. The main secret of getting any job is separating you from the rest of the job candidates and that you can do with a help of a unique self-marketing job application. And I would emphasize on the word “self-marketing”.

It was said for millions of times but I will repeat once again: you must sell yourself to the employer. The main marketing strategy that works for decades already is based on a “problem solving” technique. This means in your nursing cover letter for the resume you need to define the problem and show the employer how you can contribute to solving the problem.

And now, let’s finally move on to the part where I’d tell you the most effective strategy of writing your pediatric nursing cover letter that consists only of 2 main steps:

Step #1: Research about your employer!

Yup, I mean you have to visit the employer’s website, read the “About Us” page, review the blog, read the latest news in Google and anything else that will help you get a clue which company you are dealing with. Of course, you should explore the employer’s social media profiles to see the company’s activity and interaction with his customers and other audience.

In fact, you can use your own social media accounts to find out if any of your friends/followers are the company’s employees or at least know the one. However, keep in mind that not every healthcare organization keeps everything documented online, has blogs and maintains social media presence. If this is eventually your case, then search for the industry or market niche you will be applying for.

Step #2: Identify the issue and prove to the employer that you can solve it!

So, I have mentioned about the “problem solving” strategy already. It’s important that the employer would know your value to solving their potential problems. If you want to sound convenient in your entry level nursing cover letter, I advise you to define the employer’s issue and offer a solution that includes you as part of this problem-solving process. The effect would depend on the level of importance of the addressed issue.

Therefore, the first stage of making a deep research on the company itself really makes sense. Although, be ready to the situation when you won’t be able to define any problems through the lack of information. But in this cases there comes the job description you can use to define the problem as well.

Last, but not least…

You would ask: is this everything that nurses need to know about writing their cover letter? Well, there is something more. These cover letter basics never change their tendency and therefore stay actual forever. They are suitable for every type, would it be a pediatric nursing cover letter or a cover letter for an IT professional.

And yes, I am talking about things like grammar or spell check and formatting. Don’t forget to use spell checker like Grammarly to exclude all typos from your letter. Reading out loud and giving your letter for a review to somebody else helps a lot as well (I hope, you all knew it without me).

Double check the spelling of your contacts and the employer’s and make sure you wrote the name of a contact person correctly. And in general, read both your resume and a cover letter to see if there are any inconsistencies in the provided information. And duh, make corrections, of course.

Well, now, I guess the cover letter would be ready to be sent out. I wish every future nurse a good luck in your job search! Fingers crossed, ladies!

Best regards,

Irene Kot.

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