A great cover letter contains all the elements that indicate a potential future employer why you are the right person they need to hire and invite for an interview. In this article, we bring instructions and structure on how to compose a great cover letter that will, in combination with a quality written CV, open the door to your new future employment.
Cover letter, letter of intent or personal letter – whatever you call it, the purpose of this letter is to bring your qualifications, but also your personality and professional attitudes closer to the person who will review your application. Usually, hospitals and health centres have human resources employees that deal with this kind of work. While it is a common misconception that a good cover letter needs to be written extensively, we recommend that a cover letter should spread between 3/4 page and 1 and a half pages, no more and no shorter than that. Three hundred words or so are usually enough to give the employer a rough picture of what to expect from you. To assist with the process of compiling a cover letter, we have divided the instructions into several parts:
Highlight your skills – although some people put highlighting their skills in the same group as bragging, in the context of a cover letter, it is extremely important to focus on all the skills that can contribute to the development of the work environment you are applying to. Whether it’s technical competencies or your interpersonal skills, the employer is usually not familiar with your character and wants to know all the ways you could contribute to the development of your new professional environment. By emphasizing your strengths, you help will help painting an image that shows your fit into the work environment, which is a key difference when professionals with similar expertise are applying for the same position.
Highlight your personality – in addition to emphasized skills, a good cover letter also conveys the character of the person applying for the competition. Whether you are an extremely extroverted or withdrawn person, your personality is not something to be ashamed of. By pointing your attitudes, describing the daily approach to work assignments and obstacles you regularly encounter, you can only increase your competitiveness in a job opening, as almost every work environment requires people of different characters to approach potential problems from many different perspectives. Even if for some reason your character doesn’t suit the employer, it is better to remove these options at the beginning than to painfully see these differences after a few months of work, right?
Write professionally and concisely – no one wants to read a two-page cover letter that could have been summarized in just over half a page. Be specific, write in professional language and stay away from unnecessary complications and long descriptions. The person reading your cover letter is mostly familiar with medical terms and has accurate information on which profile of doctor or health worker is needed by the hospital or health centre where the competition was advertised.
Once you’ve settled on a cover letter, take a short break and read everything you’ve put together. Check for details such as whether you use the same formatting format throughout the text, whether you have personalized and listed the name of the hospital, place or country you are applying for. Did you highlight the most important traits and skills you wanted? If you followed all the guidelines and composed the cover letter you envisioned, you can finally check if the text contains grammatical errors that should be reduced to a minimum. You can do the same through free tools available online. If it’s all done, you can send us a cover letter for review, and we will attach the final version to the CV you previously filled out and forwarded to your application abroad. Good luck!