Cover Letter Tips for Oncology Nurse Jobs

If you're looking for oncology nurse jobs, you'll need a strong cover letter to attract the attention of recruiters. The following tips can help you sharpen your cover letter and get that job.

Basic Tips

The letter needs to be concise and should be no longer than one page in length. A recruiter or hiring manager must wade through a huge amount of paperwork, so do that person a favor and keep things brief. Put the most power and information into the smallest amount of space. Use action verbs when you describe your experience. Don't say, "I was a manager." Say, "I managed."

Start the letter by putting your name and contact information in a block at the upper left corner of the letter. Include your email address and cell phone number in addition to mailing address and home phone. After this block, put in a blank line and the date. After another blank line, insert a block with the name and address of whoever will receive the letter.

After another line, use your salutation. If you know the name of the person the letter is going to, use it. Otherwise write "Dear Hiring Manager" or something similar. Do not use "To Whom It May Concern."

Opening

You'll want to hook the reader right off the bat with a strong opening paragraph. In fact the very first sentence should be as focused as you can make it. Show your interest in the job immediately and give the reader a reason to keep reading by mentioning your skill or experience. A possible opening might read: "As an oncology nurse with 5 years of solid experience and a passion for helping others, I was extremely interested to hear of your open position."

If an employee or other respected authority has referred you, mention that fact in the opening as well. It's an advantage you want to make use of.

Body

The body is where you expand on your skills and experience. A bullet list provides a narrow and focused way of bringing attention to your good qualities. Again, try to use action verbs to create dynamic sentences. Here's what a bullet list might look like:

  • Worked for 5 years in the oncology department at St. Andrew's Hospital
  • Managed and trained a team of 5 nurse interns at St. Andrew's
  • Graduated with honors from Central University's nursing program
  • Specialized in patients with liver and pancreatic cancer

You can also mention skills outside of nursing, if they apply to prospective oncology nurse jobs. But remember to keep things concise. You can expand on your background in the interview.

Closing

Close the letter by expressing again your strong interest in the position and providing a sentence expressing why you think you'd be a good fit for the job. Also thank the recruiter for the opportunity to communicate. End with a proper closing such as "Respectfully Yours." Double check the letter for any typos or mistakes.

You can find more cover letter tips for oncology nurse jobs at Hospital Jobs Online.