One of the fastest growing careers in the United States of America is that of a medical assistant. Medical assistants acquire training in post secondary programs and earn either a diploma or a certificate that makes them eligible to apply for this position.
Medical assistants are a very important part of the healthcare industry. They are responsible for both clinical duties and administrative support which is the prime reason for their significance in this arena. Medical assistants take patients’ medical histories and vitals, prepare them for medical procedures and treatments, performs necessary lab test, manages patient admission procedures and performs clerical work.
It is usually quite a daunting task to apply for a first job especially in the healthcare industry where a lot of weightage given to an individual’s experience. However, if your application package is perfect, you do not need to worry. As you begin to write your first cover letter remember that your knowledge and skills as a medical assistant can go a long way in the decision to hire you; which is why it is important that your cover letter focuses on these areas.
Take ideas from the following cover letter format and sample to write an effective covering letter.
Your Street Address
City, State and Zip Code
City, State and Zip Code
Dear Mr. / Ms. (Employer’s Last Name):
Begin the letter with a short opening paragraph explaining why you are writing. It should be no longer than two or three sentences. The first paragraph tells the reader that how you heard about and why you are interested in the medical assistant position.
The body or second/third paragraph(s) will sum up your skills, knowledge and some qualifications that will assist you work efficiently as medical assistant. A lack of experience as a medical assistant is not a serious issue. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that the majority of medical assistants gets on-the-job training. Think of your most relevant skills, qualities and capabilities that match the requirements of the employer. Are you extremely detail-oriented? Do you have particular training or experience in customer service or secretarial work? Is it your passion? Your ability to work with the public? Your attention to detail? Your desire to help others? Summarize this in few sentences.
Remember that this paragraph must spark the reader’s interest to learn more about you by seeing the attached resume. Do not replicate your entire resume. Be short by summing up your key attributes and skills. You may not have hands-on experience as a medical assistant, but tell the recruiter why your knowledge, skills and abilities make you a great contender of this job.
Write a final paragraph in a few sentences to close the letter. This section should point out your interest in discussing the job in an interview. You may also mention your phone number where the hiring manager can reach you to call you for an interview. Say thank you to the employer in advance.
883 South Street
Tacoma, WA 66739
January 21, 2017
Mr. Keith Young
Manager Human Resources
Adventist Health System
2190 Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 89837
Dear Mr. Young:
As a recently certified medical assistant from Pima Medical Institute, I fulfill the requirements that you have charted out in your job description for Medical Assistant positon at Adventist Health System. I comprehend day-to-day operational demands of a busy healthcare facility such as the Adventist Health System.
As part of my training, I acquired extensive clinical and academic education focused on patient care. With some exposure to medical environments during the course of my training, I learnt the importance of the principles that affect the medical profession and I deem myself capable of handling this pressure by providing both clinical and administrative support. Using knowledge of carrying out laboratory procedures, patient care and doctors’ office management, I am ready to get on board.
I would appreciate a chance to speak with you in person so I can elaborate on my skills and candidacy as a medical assistant. I will call your office after one week to ask for a convenient meeting time. Alternately, I can be reached at (000) 111-1111.
Thank you for your time and consideration.