When applying for a hospital job or health care position, it’s common to submit both a cover letter and resume.
With over 20 years of experience, HospitalJobs.com has kept up with the trends of the hiring process in the medical industry. A cover letter should highlight why you are interested in the position and what makes you a great fit for the position. That is to say, our top medical recruiters have put together a list of the most important elements to include in your cover letter when applying for a hospital job online.
Elements of a cover letter
- Date and contact information
- Opening paragraph
- Middle paragraphs
- Closing paragraph
- Complimentary close and signature
Firstly, the opening paragraph is your chance to introduce yourself to the health care organization’s HR Department. For example, tell why you are interested in the position, hospital organization, and location, and be specific to each health care job listing. Most importantly, include how the job lines up with your career goals. Avoid making this paragraph sound dull by including keywords from the job posting and matching your skills to the job requirements.
Secondly, write about your most relevant health care experience and list the specific qualifications and skills that make you the perfect candidate. In one or two paragraphs, make the link between your health care background and this specific job posting. Avoid wording already used in your resume; instead use details that highlight the experience in your resume, for instance. Write about any clarifications needed, such as short lengths-of-stay or gaps in employment history.
Lastly, mention again your qualifications for the role and express an interest in continuing on for an interview. Above all, thank the hospital or health care organization for their time and consideration.
Complimentary close and signature
Choose a complimentary closing that is friendly yet formal, followed by your first and last name. For example, closings you might consider include:
- Thank You
Simple and professional fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri, Verdana, or something similar are recommended. 10 and 12 point size are best. In general, you should use the same font and font size that you use in your resume.
Good spacing is essential for your cover letter. To clarify, whitespace in the right places will make it easier for the hospital hiring manager to read quickly. Follow these guidelines:
- Add a space between each section: contact information, salutation, opening paragraph, middle paragraph, closing paragraph and complimentary closing.
Cover letter format example
Medical Recruiting, Inc.
9650 Divide Creek Road
Silt, CO 81652
January 23, 2018
Dear Hiring Manager,
I’m excited to apply for your Staff Nurse (Radiology Tech, Medical Lab Tech, etc.) opportunity. I feel that my education and background could be a great fit for this position and that I could be a strong employee for (hospital name).
My past experiences in (staff nursing, radiology, etc.) would give me a solid foundation for your (staff nursing, radiology, etc.) position at (hospital name). I am detail-oriented, can take direction or work autonomously, develop good working and professional relationships with co-workers and other departments, as well as foster excellent safety protocol and standards.
I have had a recent position, which appears on my resume as a short length-of-stay. My position as Staff Nurse at (hospital name) was a per diem position. When a permanent position opened up at (another hospital name), I accepted as it felt like a more stable opportunity with daytime hours and potential benefits. I would be happy to discuss this more in person if needed.
I’m looking forward to learning more details about the position and your hospital, and would very much be interested in an interview. Thank you for your time and consideration.
To sum up, good luck with job searching! Don’t hesitate to contact HospitalJobs.com recruiters if you have any additional questions. We are always happy to help and hear from you!