Critical Care Nurse Job Cover Letter Tips

 

Because demand for critical care nurse jobs is so great, competition to get those jobs is fierce. One way you can improve your chance of getting one of these jobs is by writing a great cover letter that can impress any hiring manager. This article will provide you with some tips on coming up with that letter.

Basic formatting

Some aspects of the cover letter will remain the same even though actual content might vary. You want your letter to be on one page, accompanied by a resume that is also one page. The cover letter will briefly but powerfully highlight your skills and achievements, not describe them in extreme detail. Think of the cover letter as a funnel that takes all your experience and narrows it into a concentrated stream of information.

Always start your cover letter by putting your name and contact information in a block in the upper left corner. This information should include your cell phone number and email address as well as physical address and home number. After a space, put today's date. After another space, put a block of information for the receiver of the message. Include the person's name, their title, company name and company address.

After another space, write your salutation. If you are not sure of the name of the person reading the letter, use "Dear Hiring Manager" or "Dear Department Manager". You are now ready to begin the letter.

Opening paragraph

This part of the letter is critical. You have to attract the reader's attention immediately. The first sentence itself should provide a strong hook by mentioning your experience and background right away. Here's an example of a strong opening sentence: "As a critical care nurse with over 5 years experience at St. Bridget's Hospital, I was excited to learn of your open position." This gives you a general idea of the tone to start with.

If you are referred or recommended by somebody else, mention this right away. A good referral is a powerful piece of "ammunition" in a cover letter. Use it right away, don't save it!

The body

Here you go more in-depth into your background and experience. If you have skills beyond those of a critical care nurse, list them. For example, being bilingual or having computer skills can be considered valuable assets. Supervising or managing others is also a great skill to have. Be sure to mention it! The body should be one or two paragraphs. More would be excessive.

A bullet list is an excellent way to briefly cover career highlights. Keep these points nice and compact. Following are some possible examples you might use:

  • Responsible for managing 8 critical care interns at St. Bridget's Hospital
  • Graduated in top 15% of nursing students at Central University
  • Have additional experience with pediatric cases
  • Fully trained on many medical software programs

Closing

In the last paragraph, once again state your strong interest in the job and add something about hoow good a fit you'd be for the position. Thank the recruiter for their interest and sign off with a closing such as "Respectfully yours". Proofread the letter to catch any mistakes in spelling or grammar.