Market-ready cover letters are the only ones that make an impact. Write one that is of the “blurring” quality and you risk losing out to other candidates who have been progressive in their thought processes. When you visualize your reader and write especially for him, you end up writing the type of letter that will be immediately accepted by him – and the gamble is gone from cover letter writing!
Assuming that the purpose of your cover letter will be obvious to an employer is never a good idea. The employer may know why you are writing but spell it out for him anyway. The purpose of your cover letter should be to land an interview – say so! Always, always interpret for the reader the benefit of your skills and qualifications, in case a ghost of a chance exists that he really can’t tell why you have written to him!
Employers are always pressed for time. Do them a favor and write a concise but thorough cover letter. Don’t make him wade through extra words and unnecessary details – tell him as much as you can about yourself but keep it short. Use short words and sentences – where you cannot help but write longer sentences, hyphenate!
A sample cover letter for a mental health aide is provided below for your benefit:
65 5th Street
Covington, KY 21020
November 19, 2015
Mrs. Diane Miller
Accurate Home Care
912 Pearl Street
Covington, KY 25607
Dear Mrs. Miller:
Sensitivity, compassion, dedication and leadership are essential to successfully helping patients with mental challenges. As an individual who has had a high success rate in rehabilitating patients with mental health issues, I am positive that you will be interested in what I have to say.
Working as a mental health aide for 4 years has exposed me to many different situations requiring emotional and psychological interventions. And due to this diversity in my background, I have been able to come up with novel programs to help patients with substance abuse problems, debilitating depression and impact of trauma. Owing to extensive experience in crises management, prevention strategies and risk assessment, my training will be minimal – only as extensive as the rules of the facility.
Perhaps we could meet and jointly explore the many ways in which I can contribute to Accurate Home Care. Please contact me at (888) 888-8888 if you require any additional information. Thank you for your time and consideration.