You may have researched medical assistant jobs, read a general medical assistant job description and researched medical assistant salary rates in your area, and may have already prepared a stellar resume. But before you can apply for jobs, you still need to have a strong medical assistant cover letter. If the ribbon and bows are the final touches in making a gift beautiful, then a well-written cover letter is the wrapping that makes your final job application package look its best.
Writing a medical assistant cover letter can seem difficult, as the position can vary greatly depending on the facility or the role you are applying for. Following these tips can help you create a great cover letter.
Hit the Key Points
Every cover letter should be detailed but brief. You want to make sure that you identify the key points of your training, which are:
- Any training specializations
- Certifications you have
- Licenses you’ve attained
- Specific skills you excel at
- Past experience, both in and out of school
Tailor Each Letter to Fit the Job
Take the time to personalize each letter you send out to the specific job you are applying for. Make sure you include information about the position so your potential employer knows you’ve taken the time to write it specifically for them. For example, your letter could say something like “I am writing in regards to the position of Clinical Medical Assistant at St. Mary’s Regional Hospital.”
If you can direct your cover letter to the specific person in charge of hiring, that’s a great advantage. However if that information is not available, it’s still acceptable to address your letter “Dear Hiring Managers” or “To Whom It May Concern.”
The most important thing when it comes to tailoring a medical assistant cover letter is to discuss the specific skills you have that match the position you are applying for. If it is a clinical role, discuss your clinical experience in detail. If it is half clinical and half administrative, discuss the experience you have that bridges the gap. Employers will react better to a letter that shows them exactly what they are looking for.
Seal it with a K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple & Short)
Avoid telling your entire life story in your letter. Instead, provide a brief background on your experience, education, certifications or licenses, as well as anything that might make you an more appealing candidate. This can include volunteer or internship experience, or that you speak another language.
At the most, your cover letter should be one page with a few paragraphs of only a few sentences each. Remember, anyone reading your letter will also be reading your resume and will be able to see the details of your experience there.
It’s always a good idea to practice politeness. Make sure to say “please” where appropriate, and thank the reader for his or her time. As always, before sending a cover letter or resume take the time to read it out loud to yourself to spot any typos or grammatical errors, and always use spell check!