note: This article refers to two cover letter tips found in my Sample Cover Letter, you’ll want to look at that first.
Did you notice the two tips?
Tip 1. Headline
It’s pretty much guaranteed the other applicants will not use a headline.
How did you respond to it? Did it get your attention, and keep you reading? It’s a simple but unique way to stand out, with no downside.
Are you uncomfortable using a headline? Let me ask you this. What do you have to lose?
Tip 2. P.S.
P.S.’s are irresistible. They are usually positive, light, and personal. It’s almost impossible not to read one (right?). The reader’s eyes will often go to the P.S. before they read the rest of the letter! So make the most of your P.S. Think: if you only had one sentence that is going be read, what would it be ?
There you go! That’s your P.S.!
Did you notice the:
- Personal example
- Awareness of hospital’s oncology service line and mission statement
- Call to action
- Strong opening sentence
If you noticed all these, very good!
Business Print Copy Format
The formatting in the sample letter I provide is a slight variation of business type, with the recipient’s contact information at the top, left-centered. This is appropriate for a print copy. Leave four spaces between your closing (Sincerely, Best, etc) and your typed name for your written signature.
If you are e-mailing your cover letter, leave out the recipient’s contact information. Use the same salutation as in business format.
Include the job you are applying for in the subject line of the e-mail. The subject line is very important. Here’s an example: RN New Grad Residency Postion Application: Nicole Nurse
The most important thing is to follow the employer’s instructions precisely:
- Send cover letter as an e-mail attachment (if not specified, pdf or Microsoft Word)
- Send cover letter in body of e-mail (copy and paste it in)
- Send cover letter via e-mail and attach resume (if not specified, pdf or Microsoft Word)
In e-mail, your contact information should be at the bottom of the e-mail. Of course you will provide an email address that is some combination of your first and last name (meaning don’t use firstname.lastname@example.org)
Until next time friend,
P.S. You’re awesome! A sincere best of luck in your job quest! All you need is a foot in the door. I hope this helps you get there. Leave me a comment.