Securing a position as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is very competitive. There is an abundance of CNA’s throughout our country. Because of this, it is very important to develop a cover letter to the resume that will intrigue and catch the attention of the employer prior to even reviewing the resume. The CNA, in a sense, must sell himself in a few sentences.
Compassion is always a key quality for certified nursing assistants. If you have a special role model or personal reason for entering this profession, briefly explain this in your cover letter. For instance; if you were employed in long term care and developed a special friendship with a client that touched your heart, you should elaborate on that. Personalizing a cover letter increases your chances of getting noticed. Keep in mind that you are probably one of many applying for the same position. Keep your letter brief and focused to avoid sounding unprofessional or insincere. Let your potential employer know why you want the job and how you can help the facility. Also make sure not to go into too much details about your work experience because that will be covered in your resume, in the cover letter keep the experience part short and maybe like mentioned before put down an experience you’ve had with a patient.
Tips that may be of assistance include:
- Create a personal and unique cover letter for every job application.
- If you do not know who you are writing the letter to you should research the company a bit to get a name. Avoid using; “Dear Sir,” “To whom it may concern,” or “Gentlemen.” Make it personal.
- Explain your passion for the position. Be honest, and keep it short and sweet.
- Close your letter with style. Thank the company in advance for the opportunity and also reiterate your interest in the position.
Here is a quick example of a typical cover letter; this will give you a good idea of how to approach your killer cover letter.
Sample cover letter
Your City, State, Zip Code
City, State, Zip
Dear Mr. /Mrs. Last Name,
I am writing this cover letter in reference to the advertised Certified Nursing Assistant position. (Briefly explain your experience and desire for the position and why you should be the candidate of choice). Brag about yourself here but make sure that it is true and can be validated.
Briefly review your resume by summarizing your work experience and reason for desiring this position. (Include any personal experience that may show the compassion that you have for the clients that you care for)
I look forward to meeting you in person to discuss my experience and the requirements of the advertised position. (Discuss your availability and provide a telephone number for easy contact).
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Your Name Typed Here
Securing a position as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) can seem very tedious as a result of the competition in the job field. Do not become frustrated if you do not receive an offer for the position after the first interview. Always keep in mind that the need for CNA’s is tremendous. Be patient but be assertive and creative as you explore the many opportunities available.
The cover letter should be attached to a proper resume; we will cover the contents of a convincing resume later on.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask them in the comments section and I will try and do my best to answer them all.
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