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While considering a job application, an employer pays a lot of attention to a resume and its covering letter. Writing effective covering letters may not be your best skills. Still, you must know this art if you are seeking your dream job. Here are a couple of cover letter examples for medical assistant jobs.
Example - 1
Dr. Samuel Wells
Dear Dr. Wells,
I am very glad to learn about the job opening in your hospital through Washington Post classified dated August 30, 2010. I want to take this opportunity to work with one of the prestigious group of hospitals in United States of America. I am enclosing my resume with the letter that you may consider for the job opening available for a medical assistant.
I have completed my diploma course in medical assistance from New York University. For the past three years, I was working with Apollo Group of hospitals in Chicago. For some personal reasons, I had to leave the previous organization. I have the experience in performing following tasks -
I would be very happy and proud to join your hospital. I assure you that I will use all my knowledge, skills, and best of the abilities for the well-being of patients and betterment of the hospital. I have always considered my job as noble and treated it as a service to mankind. Knowing that your hospital received the Noble Cause Award last year, I would like to join the hospital for its further endeavors.
If you would like to discuss my job profile further, you are most welcome to schedule a meeting as per your convenience. Thank you for sparing your valuable time and considering me for this job.
Awaiting a positive response.
Enclosures: (refers to your mark sheets, relevant certificates, and resume)
Example - 2
Human Resource Manager
Ref: Job Opening for Medical Assistant (Job Code- AE0008)
This is with reference to the above mentioned job opening, the advertisement for which appeared in the New York Times dated February 3rd, 2009.
I completed my Diploma course in Medical Assistance and Child psychology from University of Chicago in the year 2006. Thereafter, I have worked for a year as a medical assistant in a pediatrician's office and for two years in Midtown Hospital, Chicago as a senior medical assistant. I have received an 'A' grade during the annual appraisal of 2008 held by Midtown Hospital for its medical team. Considering my job experience and your job requirements, I feel sure that I am eligible to apply for this post.
If you would like to discuss my job profile further, you are most welcome to schedule a meeting as per your convenience. Thank you for sparing your valuable time for going through my profile. Hoping for a positive response from your side.
Enclosures: (refers to your mark sheets, relevant certificates, reference letters, and resume)
Some Writing Tips
- It is recommended that, the length of a job application covering letter should not exceed one page.
- Start the letter my mentioning your name, address, contact number and letter date.
- Next, mention the name of recipient, along with his designation and address. Most job advertisements mention the name of the person or the designation to which the letter is to be addressed. e.g. Dr. Wells, or Human Resource Manager.
- It is not mandatory to mention the job reference number, unless specifically mentioned in the job advertisement. Be careful to correctly mention the name of the position and its job code. An incorrect code may lead to your disqualification, when multiple job openings are advertised.
- Write the salutations as 'Dear Mr./Dr._____', if you are specifically mentioning the name of the recipient. If the letter is addressed to a human resource manager, then the salutations should ideally be written as 'Dear Sir'.
- The first paragraph of the letter should clearly mention the name of the media from which you came to know about the job opening. Remember to mention the date of the advertisement.
- The second paragraph should give a brief overview of your qualification and career till date. Do not go into too many details, as your certificates and reference letters are meant for that purpose. This paragraph should also highlight the reason that makes you a perfect candidate for the job opening.
- The third and the last paragraph is a parting note that expresses your keen desire to take up the job or appear for the job interview. Be careful to not appear too needy for the job, as this can be a potential turn off for those viewing your resume.
- End the letter with 'Sincerely' followed by your signature and name.
- After leaving a couple of lines, mention a list of documents attached along with covering letter, under the title 'Enclosures'. This list should be in a logical order. Be careful to attach the documents in the exact order as mentioned under this list. e.g. resume, mark sheets, certificates, copies of appointment letters, appreciation letters/certificates and reference letters, if any.