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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.