Cover Letters for Nurses

Employers in the health care industry are constantly looking for qualified professionals to join forces with one of the most popular and growing fields today - healthcare. We see and use healthcare everyday of our lives in one area or another, but probably take a lot of it for granted. Those who choose to make healthcare a part of their lives by pursuing it as a career will find a world of opportunity at their feet. Whether you are interested in pursuing a nursing job, cardiology job, or working with the elderly in assisted living jobs, or prefer to take a seat in the administrative part of health care by having a business system job, you are sure to find a lot of opportunities and variety out there.

Healthcare is one of the only fields that is truly constant and will not go out of style. As we age and the population in general ages, there is going to be an increasing need for qualified and professional care on which our loved ones will need to rely. Assisted living jobs are one of most overlooked positions in the healthcare industry, but are very important and necessary. People working in assisted living positions have a variety of job opportunities that include working in nursing home facilities, hospice care or home health care. They assist the elderly or ill with daily functions and make it possible for these people to do and enjoy the activities that they can while receiving the proper medical care and attention that they need.

Cardiology jobs are also another area of the medical field that is constantly growing and expanding. You do not have to be a heart surgeon to be considered being a part of the cardiology field. There are many positions that work closely with the cardiologists, from working with the patients to assisting the physicians or reading and conducting the scans and exams that need to performed. There is a lot of growth potential within this field and it is always expanding.

If you prefer to stick with the business end of healthcare, there are plenty of job possibilities contained within the healthcare administrative staff and in business systems. This may involve being on the administrative staff or helping to develop new business systems and practices that are used by the hospital or other medical facilities. Whichever avenue you choose to pursue in healthcare, you are bound to find many great opportunities available.

Why are cover letters so important? They provide the prospective employer with a brief review of your skills and abilities in the form of a letter. Letters are written much differently than resumes and can have a lasting impact on the reader.
The best news is that writing one it isn’t that hard.
An excellent Registered Nurse is always going to be in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Among all of the health care occupations, registered nurses had the highest level of employment–over 2 million.”
What does that mean? It means there are more nursing positions in the health care industry than doctors, surgeons and technologists.
Nurses, generally speaking, are in a good labor market right now. If you are a nurse, that’s good news. You should not encounter difficulties in obtaining work.
What about that awesome position with the top salary that you have your eye on, though? Do you think the competition for that position will be greater? You bet it will. That means your credentials will have to be presented in the best light possible if you are to get the job offer.
So, how do you write a great cover letter?
The cover letter builds on the resume and leads the employer toward it. Its goal is to get the employer excited about the resume. It is a sales tool, just like the resume is. Sell yourself in a compelling and exciting way. Inject energy and let your best qualities reach the employer through carefully written examples and anecdotes. Don’t just state what you are capable of, show the employer what you have done in the past with vibrant language that attracts and invites the employer to want to know more.
You are a part of a significant sector of the labor market.
You have to be your very best to get the great jobs. What skills and abilities do you have that you can offer the employer – and – how can you do so in a way that makes the employer pick up the phone and call you for an interview?
Be personable, but professional at the same time.
Let your cover letter generate interest in your resume, then let your resume grab the employer’s attention so that you are invited in for a face to face meeting.
A cover letter isn’t likely to persuade an employer to grant you an interview on it’s own, but it is part of the whole package that WILL encourage an employer to want to get to know you better. Make it an exciting and enjoyable read and you will find yourself being offered the next Registered Nurse position you apply for.
Best of luck!
~Carla Vaughan