It is worth taking the time to reanalyse your previous cover letters' content and appearance when preparing your professional medical cover letter.
The process of creating a cover letter will be made easier if you plan ahead and prepare for the writing task. Follow these four steps designed to help begin writing your cover letter.
Step 1 – study the employer
Learn as much as possible about the company you are applying to and the job requirements. The more you know the better. Organize the information you collect about the employer, the work environment or the financial situation of the company. A thorough analysis of both the job you are applying for and the place of employment will allow you to write a stronger cover letter. It will also help you decide whether you really want the job and if you fit the profile.
Step 2 – analyse your documents
As already mentioned, a cover letter should not be a repetition of your CV. However, the information included in your CV will be helpful when creating your cover letter. Re-read your CV and other documents (previous cover letters, letters of recommendation) and choose some important points from them. Now, select a few points which you think make you stand out from other candidates (knowledge of several languages, an unusual specialisation, or dual nationality) and begin writing about these strengths. This will help you get started with the writing process. Also, employers always value experience. If you have extensive experience, describe it in a clear and transparent manner and increase the likelihood of getting invited for an interview with a specialist recruiter.
Step 3 – analyse your ability
What does your education history and performance show about you? Do you have rich experiences which are highly sought after by employers? Do you have exceptional skills or personality traits that have proved to be useful in your private life which you think have also helped in your professional life? For example, personality traits can help your leadership ability, make it easier to connect with people, influence others and teach students. Additional skills include: completing management courses, good team leadership, having a driver's license and foreign language certificates. Start writing about some of the abilities you have thought of in this step.
Step 4 – analyse why you want the job
Finally, consider why you want the job and what you expect from the new employer. Expectations are always important and this step will make you think about them realistically. Think about what you expect from the job and write a few sentences about this. Even if you don't use specific examples in the cover letter it might be worth mentioning that you have analysed this. Certainly, being aware of your expectations will be helpful during the interview itself.
These four steps to writing a good cover letter will help create the text that will constitute your final cover letter. Once you complete these cover writing steps, you can pick the appropriate points for the job you're applying for. Don't delay – start writing today.