Covering Letters

Although skills and experience are vitally important in many positions; when asking healthcare providers, managers and recruitment departments “What is the most important thing you look for when recruiting?” it’s the right personality and attitude for the job role, team, department and organisation. A CV or application form is usually brief and factual however a covering letter gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your writing style and buts flesh to the bare bones of the CV or application form. A covering letter is the first page of your introduction to the organisation and not an addition. “Please find enclosed my CV” won’t get you very far and is a wasted opportunity.

Whether sending via email, electronic application or posting our suggested layout for your covering letter would be:

First paragraph

  • State what job you are applying for
  • Where you found out about it (advert on jobsincare, The Guardian newspaper, a friend etc – Organisations like to know which of their advertising sources are being successful)
  • When you are available to start work and end if it’s a contract/placement

Second Paragraph

  • Why you are interested in that type of work
  • Why the company/organisation/opportunity attracts you (If it’s working  in a dementia unit, say you prefer to work on a dementia unit)

Third Paragraph

  • Summarise your strengths and how they might be an advantage to the organisation.
  • Relate you skills to the competencies required in the job

Last Paragraph

  • Mention any dates that you won’t be available for interview
  • Thank the employer and say you look forward to hearing from them soon.

If you start with a name (e.g. “Dear Mrs Carter”) you should end with “Yours sincerely”. If you start with “Dear Sir or Madam you should end with “Yours faithfully”.

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