Home health aide (HHA) cover letters are placed on top of resumes and are often the first documents that prospective employers see. They are the first part of your presentation to prospective employers. The basic idea behind writing a cover letter is to personalize the job application process. A cover letter should state the specific skills that you have, that are essential for the position that you are writing it for.
But do the same principles apply to entry level HHA cover letters? Yes, they do. In entry level cover letters, the need to make an impression doubles, simply because you do not have much else except your communication skills to bank on. Look at it this way; the purpose of a letter is to interpret the data-oriented, factual resume (that you have enclosed) and add a personal touch. Each cover letter that you write, for each position that you apply for, should be done bearing this in mind.
Be creative when you write a letter. Employers read several job applications in a day and you want yours to stand out. A boring letter will lose the employer’s interest before he has had a chance to gauge your skills. Use the company’s language and emphasize your skills (and experience) by letting them know how you will benefit the organization.
Take a look at the following home health aide cover letter sample, who has had no formal experience previously:
652 6th Street
Albion, IN 52010
November 13, 2015
Ms. Gloria Ray
3 E 100 N
Albion, IN 55854
Dear Ms. Ray:
I wish to be an applicant for a home health aide position at Corso Care. I learned about this position through May Webster, who is working as a CNA at your facility.
As a recently certified home health aide from the American Institute of Home Health Aid Programs, I offer hands-on skills in the following areas:
● First Aid, CPR and AED
● Assistance in activities of daily living
● Cardiovascular disease management
● Aging population needs management
● Psychological and emotional support
● Nutrition and hygiene
● Health promotion and maintenance
Through my volunteer experience at CareSense Home Health, which lasted 10 months, I developed compassion and exceptional bedside manner, which led to many patients and families commending my work. I see working as a home health aide as a new challenge every day and that is why I am never pulled down by stressful days.
It would be helpful to both of us if we could meet in person and I hope that you will give the enclosed resume a favorable consideration. I will contact you at the end of next week to discuss setting up an interview time. If needed, you can contact me at (555) 555-5555.
Thank you for your time and consideration.