Nursing Resume Cover Letters
Nursing is a demanding field, and it takes a lot of work to become a successful nurse. The first step in this process is getting your nursing resume cover letter right. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of writing professional cover letters for nursing jobs. We’ll cover everything from formatting to content and make sure that you have everything you need to get started on your nursing career!
- Introduce yourself.
- State your purpose for writing. For example, you may be applying for a new job or inquiring about an open position that the potential employer has advertised.
- Give a brief description of your work experience, including any special skills or training you may have acquired (e.g., computer literacy).
- List relevant degrees in education and other credentials such as professional certifications or licenses; these can be included in this section if they are related to the position being applied for but should also appear elsewhere on your resume when applicable (e.g., under “Experience”).
- Include contact information such as street addresses and phone numbers where you can be reached during business hours if necessary (avoid home phone numbers unless there’s no alternative).
The header of your resume cover letter should include your full name, address, phone number and email address.
Paragraph 1: The Opening
I am writing to apply for the position of Registered Nurse at your medical center.
I have been in the nursing field since 2009 and feel that I would be a great addition to your staff. I am currently employed as a nurse with ABC Hospital where I have worked in many different areas of the hospital including emergency room, pediatrics and general medicine.
I look forward to speaking with you more about this opportunity and hope that you will consider me as an applicant for this position.
Paragraph 2; The Middle
In Paragraph 2, you should discuss your skills and experience in detail. You should also explain how they match up with the employer’s needs.
You also need to show how you can help the employer reach their goals by mentioning some specific examples of previous work that demonstrates your ability to do so. This is especially important if there are no direct job openings at this time, but one may open up soon or if there is a general idea of what they want someone like you to accomplish for them.
If there is an opportunity for learning new skills as part of this job opportunity, mention that as well! This shows that not only are you interested in helping them achieve their goals now but also has longevity for continued growth with them down the road too!
- The closing sentence should summarize the main points of your cover letter. Feel free to repeat a few sentences from earlier on in the letter, but avoid making it too long.
- End with something positive, such as “I look forward to speaking with you about this position” or “I appreciate your time and consideration.”
- Make sure that the closing sentence is brief (no more than 2-3 sentences).
- Sign your name at the bottom of the letter. If you are writing a cover letter for a nursing position, it is not necessary to include your title instead of your first name. However, if appropriate (such as when applying for a job in a large corporation), use both titles and last names on all correspondence.
- Include contact information where it will be visible on each page of your resume. This includes email address and phone number(s) that are active during business hours (not home or cell phone numbers). If you have multiple emails addresses, it is fine to include all in this section but list only one as the primary contact email address for applications/interviews etc.* Include any other relevant information here such as social media handles so that potential employers can find you online if needed!
- Make sure everything looks professional before submitting!
Writing a nursing resume cover letter
The cover letter is the first impression you make on an employer. It’s important that you tailor your cover letter to each job, and this is where the importance of your resume comes into play. If the job posting asks for five years’ experience in surgical wound care, but your resume only lists two years in that field, then it would be better to leave off that part of your work history when writing your cover letter (or highlight something else).
The goal here is to tie together information from other sections on your resume so as not to waste space by repeating yourself. Keep things short and to-the-point; no more than one page should do it! Plus keep it formal: use “Dear Hiring Manager” instead of “Hello,” and keep paragraphs brief so they’re easier for busy hiring managers to read quickly without getting lost halfway through a sentence or paragraph.
In conclusion, we hope you have found these tips helpful and that your resume cover letter is now ready to send out to the world!