Writing a cover letter can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.
What should I include?
How can I keep it to only a page?
Who do I even address it to?
While a lot of internship applications are not currently requiring a cover letter, many practicum, job, and school applications still require a cover letter. I view a cover letter as your first impression, it might be the first thing that reviewers read! Here is my general outline for a cover letter:
- Why me?
- Why you?
- Combine the two.
This is where you talk about you. It can be tempting to highlight all of your amazing experiences, awards, and educational achievements. But, I usually encourage students to highlight ~two experiences that they feel truly highlight their interests and skill sets. What experience truly taught you about working with children and families?
Why are you applying to this hospital? Look up information for each individual hospital site to include in this cover letter. You can check out the hospital website, LinkedIn, YouTube, Hospital Facebook Pages, or even just a Google search. Sometimes you’ll find news articles or stories that highlight fun things happening at the hospital. What about this hospital intrigues you?
Combine the two.
This is where you connect your skills, your professional goals, and the goals of the hospital together. Utilize the job description or expectations that are outlined on the website to truly highlight why you are qualified for this position and how this hospital aligns with your goals.
Your cover letter by no means has to follow this exact outline, but hopefully, this gives you an idea of what should be included.
- Keep it to one page
- If you do not have a name to address it to, you can put “To Whom It May Concern” or “Internship Selection Committee”, check out the website to make sure they don’t list a person or position it should be addressed to.
- Keep formatting consistent with your resume, it adds a layer of professionalism to your materials.
- Leave a spot for your signature at the end.
- Thank them for their time.
- Leave your contact information. (Make sure it is correct and consistent with your application information)
A cover letter is a great way to introduce yourself and highlight what makes you unique and qualified for this position. Keep it precise, professional, and relevant to the position!