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How to Write a Powerful Cover Letter

You should always send a cover letter along with your resume, even if the job posting doesn't request one. Not only is it proper protocol to do so; another good reason is that your cover letter provides an opportunity for you to sell your qualifications beyond what is listed on your resume, as well as giving the hiring manager an additional chance to review your writing skills.

Below is a sample cover letter you can use as a guide when creating your own.

SAMPLE COVER LETTER

(Date)

(Name of Hiring Manager, Title)

(Name of Company)

(Address)

(City, State Zip)

Dear (Mr. or Ms.) (Last Name):

As a patient advocate, I am accountable for strengthening patient relationships, promoting services and products, and streamlining administrative processes. Through my efforts, I have paved the way for bottom-line increases and patient-base expansion for every organization I worked for.

As you can see from my attached resume, I have a "go-getter" mindset that has proven beneficial to my current employer, Medical Health Services, Inc. Specifically I introduced the Green Project, where employees were encouraged to submit ideas to reduce paper usage. The project was successful in three ways: (1) the department achieved a 20% cost savings; (2) employee motivation increased, and as a result, churn decreased 47%; and (3) as employee morale increased, so did patient satisfaction. In turn, the facility’s referral rate grew 39%.

Complementing the achievements outlined above is my unyielding determination to search for strategic means in which to enhance my employer's good standing within the medical profession as well as with existing and future patients and exiting and future employees.

Currently, I am exploring new opportunities where I can leverage my education and experience to bring the same kind of win-win results I have produced during my career to both my future employer and its patients. My enclosed resume provides details concerning my qualifications and accomplishments. I welcome the opportunity for an interview to discuss your needs and how I might help achieve them.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Your Name

Enclosure

- Linda Matias

Linda Matias heads CareerStrides.com resume service . You can reach her at linda@careerstrides.com, and you can visit her website at www.careerstrides.com.