Cover Letter Tips for Psychiatric Nurse Jobs

In a search for psychiatric nurse jobs, a well-written cover letter can be a powerful tool. Competition for these positions is fierce, so you need a letter that will attract the recruiter's attention at first glance. We will now take a look at how you can create a great cover letter, examining each portion of the letter.

Some Simple Basics

You want your cover letter to be on one page. It is meant to highlight your skills and background, not cover them in minute detail. An attached resume can provide a more detailed look at your background. If you know the name of the recruiter or hiring director, make sure you use it in your salutation.

Your name and contact information should be in block format in the upper left corner of the letter. Include your physical address, email address, home phone and cell phone. After a break (a blank line), put today's date. Then, after another break, put in a block with the name and title of the person for whom the letter is intended, the company name and the address.

Opening

You must attract the recruiter's attention right away and give him or her a reason to continue reading. Do not state something obvious like "I am interested in a psychiatric nursing job." Rather, provide something of your background and interest in the field. You might say something like, "As a recent graduate of State University's psychiatric nursing program, I am interested in filling the position you advertised." Or you could write something like, "With the experience I have as a nurse in St. John's psychiatric program, I am a natural fit for your open position."

If you have been referred by an employee or respected authority, by all means mention that in the opening. An example might be "I was referred by Dr. Soandso of State University to apply for the psychiatric nursing position."

Body

Here is where you add some meat to the "bone" you mentioned in the first paragraph. Expand upon the skills and responsibilities you possess and how they might be an asset to your employer. If you worked with a wide variety of patients, mention that. If you specialized in a certain type of case, bring that up as well. If you managed other employees or performed other duties beyond that of a psychiatric nurse, mention this valuable experience. The ability to speak another language, experience in scheduling or handling money--these are valuable extras. Do, though, keep the main focus on your psychiatric background.

A sample paragraph:

"I graduated from St. John's University in the top ten percent of my major in psychiatric nursing and put my education to use at State Hospital, where I managed a wide variety of patients, including children and acute cases. I was responsible for the training of eight interns during my time at State."

Closing

Restate your interest in the position and summarize why you would be a good employee. Thank the recruiter for his or her consideration and end with a professional closing, such as, "Respectfully yours." Make sure you check the letter carefully for any spelling or grammar errors.

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