October 18th, 2010
Now that you’ve finished nursing school it’s time for you to put what you have learned into practice. But before you can land your dream job as a school nurse you need to ace your interview. And before you can even land an interview you need to wow potential employers with your cover letter. Having an impressive cover letter is exceptionally important in a concentration such as school nursing where jobs are limited in most districts. Continue reading below to learn some tips on how to make your cover letter shine.
As you are probably already aware of, a cover letter is simply a letter comprised of two to three paragraphs that gives a brief explanation of your professional skills, experience, and training; it also somewhat introduces potential employers to your personality—something that cannot be done in a resume. So, aside from directly mentioning who you are, the position you are applying for, and how you heard about the position in your first paragraph, it’s essential that you try to make your cover letter stand out among the rest. One way to do this is to insert a quote that is meaningful to you as a header. It can be related to healthcare or a quote that demonstrates your values and beliefs and work ethic. But having a quote as your intro can give employers some insight into what kind of person you are and convince them to continue reading on. So for example, your first paragraph may look like this:
Dear Mr/Ms. Name, “Quote goes here” My name is__and I am highly interested in applying for the school nurse position at__ . . . etc.
Now that you have his or her attention, it’s time to wow them even further in the second paragraph. Pick out a few skills or qualifications that you feel make you the exceptional candidate and sell yourself. Also make sure to mention your ultimate career goals and why working at this particular school will help you on your mission. You might want to say something like, “I aspire to work in a district that has a mixed demographic ” for example. It’ll show that you are serious about the position and that you’ve done your homework.
Lastly, in your third paragraph always try to arrange a meeting for an interview. Saying something like “I look forward to hearing from you soon,” or “I’m available from this time to this time” and leave your phone number to get a call back. Don’t forget to sign your letter.
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