So now that you've finished writing your resume, you need a cover letter to go with it when applying for jobs.
This isn't as daunting as it may seem at first, so keep reading and you'll find out all you need to know, and then we'll provide you with cover letter examples below.
A cover letter is something that you send, along with your resume when applying for a new job with a new health care facility, or it can be when applying for a new job at the same institution you already work for. In this case we will primarily consider the first case - you should be able to make any necessary adjustments yourself if you are applying for an internal position.
Paper Vs Email
A cover letter can be either attached to your printed resume if you're sending it through the post, or it can be included in an email if you're applying electronically.
When applying via email it may seem logical to write your cover letter in the email itself, and then attach your resume to the email. This should usually be fine, but if you want to ensure that your cover letter isn't lost, then we recommend placing both your cover letter and your resume into a singe document, with the letter being the first page, and then attach a single document with both to your email - this way you can be sure the two documents wont be separated.
Unless you have been given specific instructions on what format or type of document you should provide, we recommend sending your letters and resumes as PDF files - this provides the greatest level of compatibility with different computer systems to ensure your prospective employer can read them. Microsoft Word can save documents as a PDF, but if you have different software which can't do this automatically, then you can get a 'Virtual PDF Printer' which will allow you to 'print' your documents to a PDF file - there are many free applications to do this at Download.com.
How to Write a Medical Assistant Cover Letter
Begin your letter by stating clearly which job you are applying for, and include any reference numbers you have been asked to supply. This is important, particularly when applying to large medical practices, because there may be more than one position available and you want to reduce the chance for any possible confusion - you could end up being turned down for a job you didn't even want!
Remember, the purpose here is not to cover all the information provided in your resume, but rather it's your chance to introduce yourself, explain your motivation, and grab their attention. To this end you want to begin strong, summarize your skills and explain why they will be beneficial to the position you're applying for.
Finally, make sure you include your basic contact details at the end of the letter including phone number and email address - yes, these are in your resume as well, however you want to minimize any trouble an employer has to go to in order to contact you about an interview.
The best way to demonstrate this is with some examples...
Medical Assistant Cover Letter Samples
Obviously you shouldn't copy these word for word (think how embarrassing it would be if you send in the same letter as other applicants), but rather use these samples as a guide to writing your own, individualized letter.
Example 1 - Experienced MAs
Dear Ms. Mason:
I am applying for the Medical Assistant position advertised on HealthCareerWeb.com. My previous experience working in a pediatric clinic, as well as my education make me an excellent candidate for this position.
I have been working for the last 18 months at the Beverly Hills Family Clinic, primarily assisting Dr Lancer who is a pediatric specialist. Before that I studied at Kaplan College, where I did my externship at the Sisters of Mercy Hospital, and I am a Certified Medical Assistant (copy of my certificate enclosed).
I would be most appreciative for the opportunity to discuss my qualifications and background with you and learn more about your Medical Assistant position. I can be contacted via telephone at (555) 555-5555 or by email at email@example.com.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Example 2 - No Experience
Dear Mrs Watson:
I am pleased to offer my application for the position of Medical Assistant at Downtown Medical Clinic which was advertised on Monster.com on 2 April. My Medial Assistant Certification from the Kaplan University has prepared me for the challenges of this position and fulfill your mission.
In addition to being a CMA, I have received training for, and have practiced the following during my recent externship at ABC Family Health: taking patient vitals, entering orders into the CPOE, phlebotomy, recording EKGs, record keeping, interviewing patients prior to their appointments, answering the telephone, and much more. I believe I have a well-rounded set of skills suited to both the front and back office of your practice.
I would be grateful for the opportunity to interview for the position and to show how I believe I can be an asset to XYZ Family Clinic. I may be contacted on (555) 555-5555 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7 health care jobs that require no experience
Get a job in one of the fastest-growing industries—without having to go to college.
Work in health care—even without a degree.
Ask economists the most promising career field in America, and they’ll undoubtedly say health care. But who has time for medical school—or even community college—for that matter?
Although many employers do look for prior experience or certificates, some entry-level health care positions require none at all. In fact, they can be learned through on-the-job training.
Better yet, the health sector is one of the best places to get your foot in the door with one job before moving up a very diverse career ladder that offers the promise of long-term job security.
That’s especially true with allied-health support positions. The workers in these 50 or so professions support doctors and nurses in many ways, including taking X-rays, drawing blood, assisting with physical therapy, and analyzing lab specimens.
Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, here are seven health care jobs that often require no training to get hired and that are projected to be in high demand in coming years.
What you'd do: Caregivers, or home health aides, assist elderly or disabled adults with daily activities at home or in daytime care facilities. Duties may include making beds, doing laundry, preparing meals, as well as advising families, the elderly and disabled on nutrition, cleanliness, and household utilities.
What you'd need: A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required, though some positions do not require it.
What you'd make: $22,170 per year
Find caregiver jobs on Monster.
2. Medical assistant
What you'd do: Medical assistants perform office tasks (answering phones, greeting patients, updating medical records, filling out forms, scheduling appointments, arranging for hospital admission and laboratory services, and bookkeeping) as well as medical care duties (taking patients’ blood pressure, preparing them for exams or assisting physicians during minor procedures).
What you'd need: A high school diploma or postsecondary education such as a certificate are typical.
What you'd make: $31,540 per year
Find medical assistant jobs on Monster.
3. Medical biller
What you'd do: Medical billers, or health information technicians, collect payments from patients, submits reimbursement claims to insurers and maintains billing records.
What you'd need: A high school diploma or an associate’s degree is typical, and certification is often required too.
What you'd make: $38,040 per year
Find medical biller jobs on Monster.
4. Medical secretary
What you'd do: Assists with day-to-day management of medical offices. Duties can include scheduling appointments, training staff, operating new office technologies, ordering supplies, preparing letters, arranging for lab procedures and helping physicians with reports.
What you'd need: Medical office, hospital or other healthcare setting.
What you'd make: $33,730 per year
Find medical secretary jobs on Monster.
5. Nursing assistant
What you'd do: Nursing assistants provide indirect care and perform routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. They may escort patients to operating and examining rooms, keep patients’ rooms neat, set up equipment, store and move supplies, assist with some procedures, as well as report on any changes to a patient’s physical, mental and emotional condition.
What you'd need: You must complete a state-approved education program and pass your state’s competency exam to become certified.
What you'd make: $26,590 per year
Find nursing assistant jobs on Monster.
6. Occupational therapist aide
What you'd do: OT aides work with occupational therapists to provide rehabilitative services to people with mental, physical, or emotional impairments. Aides also prepare materials and assemble equipment for treatment and perform various clerical tasks (e.g., scheduling appointments, answering phones, restocking supplies, filling out insurance forms).
What you'd need: Typically, a high school diploma or equivalent is required.
What you'd make: $28,330 per year
Find occupational therapist aide jobs on Monster.
7. Psychiatric aide
What you'd do: Helps care for physically or mentally ill individuals confined to hospitals or mental-health settings. Work includes helping patients dress, bathe and eat, or leading educational and recreational activities. Aides also observe patients and report any physical or behavioral changes.
What you'd need: A high school diploma or equivalent is the minimum.
What you'd make: $28,670 per year
Find psychiatric aide jobs on Monster.
Are you trying to find your first health care job, but aren't sure where to start? A great first step is to join Monster today. As a member, you can upload up to five versions of your resume. We have thousands of health care employers across the country searching our database every day, looking for health care professionals just like you.
Mike Smith is a vice president at Fenton, a communications firm for public-interest clients. His work with nonprofits and foundations includes a focus on workforce issues, specifically the opportunities in allied-health professions. Learn more about these issues at CalHealthJobs.org or on Twitter @CalHealthJobs.