Structuring your covering letter
There’s no set format for a covering letter, but you may wish to use the structure below as a guide.
Explain which job you’re applying for, and where you saw the advert.
Introduce yourself and tell your prospective employer a bit about you.
You could give a very brief overview of your career and current role and/or share your story about why you became a HCA / nurse, or why you decided on the job role you did.
Alternatively, if you’re changing your career path, explain why.
Demonstrate why you are a good match for the job.
Study the job advert and person specification if there is one, and identify approximately 3 of the most important criteria needed for the role. Demonstrate how you meet these criteria using evidence and examples, and focusing on your achievements.Don’t list everything already contained in your CV; be selective, and highlight the elements of your CV that are the most relevant or the most important. Use the information within the job advert to guide you.
You may want to point out how your experience / knowledge / current job is well aligned, or would be advantageous to this job. If you can’t do this because you’re making a career jump, convey an understanding of the new role, any preparation you've done, and/or your willingness/desire to progress in this area.
Demonstrate your knowledge of the company / field / job / sector and why you want to work for them. Explain what you would bring to the team/department, and/or why you’d fit in with their industry, culture or values.
Thank them for taking the time to read your letter and CV. Let them know your availability for a call back.
Applicant seeking mid-level to senior nursing roles. Fields such as ‘date’, ‘address’ and ‘name’ have been left blank should you wish to edit to suit your own application.
Dear [insert name],
I write with reference to the senior nursing position advertised by St. Mary’s district hospital, Manchester.
Having graduated from King’s College London with a BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies in 2001, I have spent the past six years in London gaining hands-on experience in some of the city’s busiest and most demanding A&E departments – the knowledge and experience I have gained during this time has been invaluable, allowing my passion and commitment for nursing to blossom.
I am now eager to move back to Manchester, my home town, and become part of the St. Mary’s team.
I thank you in advance for taking the time to consider my application, please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further questions.