Are you one of the people out there who have just made a scintillating resume, but don’t know where to go from there? A resume is all very well, but when you apply to a job advertisement you have to have a little something more: a cover letter.
In the not so distant past, people used to write simple little cover letters that said absolutely nothing of interest. The only thing they said was, here’s my resume, please accept it, and I’m the perfect person for the job.
Nowadays, that’s a definite no-no. If you write something like this your cover letter will be laughed right out of the hiring manager’s hand and into the waste paper bin, and very likely your resume as well. What you need to do here is write about something pertinent; that is, write about the skills you have that will help the hiring manager’s company grow and develop. Don’t talk about what you’ve done, that’s for the resume. Talk about what you can do. And match your skills to the skills asked for in the job advertisement.
Does that seem intimidating? It isn’t really. Take a look at this cover letter sample of an orthodontic assistant:
325 K. 8th Street
Aston, NY 65777
tasha @ email . com
July 28, 2015
Revere Dental Solutions
767 Rigsby Street
Aston, NY 65777
Dear Dr Revere:
I was delighted to find the advertisement for an orthodontic assistant at Revere Dental Solutions. As a committed professional who has 5+ years’ working experience as an orthodontic assistant, I’d like to be considered for this position.
I have demonstrated expertise in all facets of orthodontics, specifically in dealing with children proverbially “scared of the dentist” and believe that your clinic can benefit from my skills and knowledge. I offer you an excellent match with what you have asked for in the advertisement:
• Demonstrated ability to perform proper sterilization, infection and biohazard control, specifically to keep out viruses such as Hepatitis C and HIV
• Verified ability to deal well with children, especially those afraid of visits to the dentist and/or orthodontist
• Well-versed in performing chair side procedures, specifically putting patients at ease
• Recognized proficiency in radiology, as well as lab work
• Special interest in providing patients with the best care in terms of hygiene and support care
I would like to meet with you to discuss how perfectly my skills and experience match the profile of the orthodontic assistant that you would like to hire. I shall contact your office on Wednesday to ask when you have the time to see me. Meanwhile, if you need to contact me, my number is (000) 525-6363.
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter