Why is there only one word for "thesaurus"? How come abbreviation is such a long word? If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to see it, do the other trees make fun of it? … These are some of life’s mysteries and so is writing a killer cover letter! How can you possibly explain to an employer how amazing you are in just a few paragraphs? More importantly, how can you show them that you are worth meeting?
Here are some tips to help solve this mystery and help you land your dream job simply by having a killer cover letter!
Who are YOU?
When you write a cover letter, you must understand one thing- your resume and cover letter are two different things! Your resume will provide all the information about your academic and educational background. In your cover letter, you need to grab your future employers attention and announce your qualifications in the right way! For instance, “As a Dental Assistant with over 10 years of experience working in a progressive and patient-focused office. Through those years, I have gained (list 3 specific traits/skills that relate to this job posting). My extensive training, positive attitude and leadership skills will allow me to immediately add value to your practice and team.”
Why do you want to work at THIS practice?
Here is where you tailor your cover letter to show that you know why you want and deserve this position! Take a minute to put yourself in the Dentist position and think about what they need to see in order to prove your value for the role. Use the job description, research you have done on the office/position to articulate what makes this job desirable. For example:
“I found this job posting online and once I started performing my research, I was impressed with what I saw (state a specific area of the office ie: services provided, technology/software used by the office, etc). As I went through the requirements of this job and matched them against my experience and skills, it just started to click into place. I believe I am a perfect match for this position. I have a great deal of experience in doing this type of job, and your practice's values are in line with the values I am seeking in a job”
What makes YOU a good candidate?
This is the longest but most important part of your letter- “Why are you’re the BEST for this role?”
Don’t waste this paragraph by listing all your accomplishments because they will see this on your resume but show that you understand and appreciate the qualities and traits they are looking for! Be specific and give translatable examples from your prior work.
Remember to spend time carefully reading the job description and putting yourself in the Dentist shoes! Be sure to include the key terms mentioned in the listing. There is nothing more irritating than reading a “generic” cover letter that you can tell has been mailed out to multiple employers!
Thank you and Follow up
Summarize your qualifications- “Throughout my career, I have taken on several responsibilities, diverse challenges and have proven my ability to deliver positive results. I would be thrilled to further discuss the possibility of doing the same at practice”
Be sure to offer references and state that you look forward to hearing from them.
Presto! Now you have the formula to make a killer cover letter! Now about those resumes… Did you know that Stream Dental offers resume advise and career coaching? Call us today!