Nurse Anesthetist Job Cover Letter Tips

To be hired for a nurse anesthetist job, you'll need to attract the recruiter's attention with a well-written and convincing cover letter. This is especially important in today's crowded health care market. This article will provide some basic tips so your cover letter will be sure to impress a prospective employer.

General Tips

The cover letter should be no more than one page in length. Every sentence should be concise and focused like a laser beam towards your main goal: getting the nurse anesthetist job. Your resume can provide additional details, and you can expand upon your qualifications in the job interview.

Start the letter with your name and contact information in block format in the upper left-hand corner of the letter. This should include your email address and cellphone number as well as your physical address and home phone. After a blank line, insert the date. After another blank line, put in a block with the name, title and address of the person you are contacting. 

If you know the name of the hiring manager or recruiter, make sure you use it in your salutation. If you don't know it, then "Dear Hiring Manger" will do. 

Opening

The first paragraph is the most important part of your cover letter. In fact, you should make the very first sentence as powerful as you can to "hook" the recruiter into reading further. Express your strong interest in the position and provide an example of your skills or experience. You might want to say something like this: "As a health care professional with over eight years of experience as a nurse anesthetist, I am very interested in your open position." Here's another example: "I am a recent graduate of Smith University's nursing program with a passion for helping others and am extremely interested in your nurse anesthetist position."

If you are being referred by an employee or someone like a teacher or professor, be sure to use that person's name in the first paragraph. Such a recommendation can be a powerful advantage.

Body

This is where you provide concrete examples of your skills and experience to "flesh out" what you touched on in your opening.  A bullet list can be an efficient and effective way of briefly highlighting your good qualities. Here's an example of what such a list may look like:

  • Worked three years as a nurse anesthetist at St. Charles Hospital
  • Specialized in working with pediatric cases at St. Charles
  • Trained and managed a team of five interns
  • Graduated in top 15 percent of class at Smith University
  • Trained and certified in CPR and other life-saving techniques

Your skills do not have to be related only to being a nurse anesthetist. If you are bilingual, have technological know-how or managerial experience, these are also assets worth mentioning. Remember, be as concise as possible in this section.

Closing

Wrap up the letter by again expressing your interest in the position and thanking the recruiter for the opportunity to apply. Provide a sentence summarizing why you think you would be a good fit for the job. End with a closing such as "Respectfully yours" and check the letter for any spelling or grammatical errors.