How to Create a Stunning PT Cover Letter for Your Job Application

How to Create a Stunning PT Cover Letter for Your Job ApplicationOne of the first steps that you, or any physical therapist, must do is to know how to create a stunning PT cover letter for your job application. You already have a prospect position in mind. Your résumé is already done and ready to be passed. But then again, you forgot to write your cover letter.

If in case you think the cover letter is just a simple, run-of-the-mill kind, think again. If you want employers to notice you, you only get a few seconds- and those few seconds are vital. It’s the make or break for you. That is why cover letters are as important as your résumé. The first impression comes when hiring managers see and read your cover letter. So, you need that oomph in your letter.

PT cover letters that you pass to hiring managers and the likes should not just be generic ones. You are giving more chances that your letter would end up in the garbage bin. What hiring managers and employers want from you, the PT applicant is a letter that would summarize who you are, what you can bring to the table and why you are the perfect candidate for the application. Basically, this article is for you. This would give you tips on how to have that kind of cover letter, a letter that can give you the job you want.

  • Tailor the cover letter

If you begin your letter with the generic Dear Ma’am or Sir, your said letter would just be thrown together with the other letters with the same generic salutations into that so-called keep-them-until-further-notice box. Your letter has to stand out. Make the hiring managers feel that that you are exactly addressing the letter to them. But how can you know the name of the hiring manager? For one, most would provide you to whom you can address the letter. Or you can check the company or facility’s website. You are bound to see a list of the staff members there. Or you can use their LinkedIn accounts to check their company position. Do a little background check on them.

Additionally, many applicants would create one single letter and pass one of which to the company they desire. Instead of doing what others do, why don’t you add in your letter the name of the position you wish to apply to as well as the name of the company. To do this, you can try doing some short introduction in the letter, stating how you were able to find the job posting as well as why you are applying to that posting. This would be you first step in easing the hiring manager who is reading the letter into the depth of your cover letter.

Here is a sample of what this would look like:

Dear Mr. John Doe, DPT:

I am writing in response to the job posting in [name of job board, classified ads, etc] for the position of [name of the specific PT position] at [name of the hospital or health facility]. I believe that my track record closely matches the job description you mentioned in the ad. I am confident that, with my track record, I would be a valuable asset to your company.

  • Talk about the things that you can offer for the hospital or company

Your cover letter would basically summarize the skills, experience and achievements you have as a physical therapist. This would be the primer to the résumé. Use these past achievements, learned skills and overall experience to tell the hiring manager what you can offer. Tailor the facts you add in the cover later according to the needs of the company as written in the job offering. But give them something to read about in your résumé. This means you don’t have to write everything in that cover letter. Remember, it only needs to be just one page. Don’t bore the reader of your achievements and experience. The main objective of your cover letter should be that you would be able to reach the next level of the application process: the interview. Having said that, you should give them a taste of what you can offer and make them want to know you more. The cover letter should only have, at most, four paragraphs. You need to convince them you are perfect for the job in those four paragraphs. The technique here is to pick out your best asset or experience and correlate that to the needs of the company. Everything else, you can always add during the interview.

  • Always, always check for grammatical errors

One giveaway for many job applicants why they cannot seem to get past the interview is the fact that their résumé and even their cover letter is full of grammatical errors. This is one of the first things that hiring managers check and notice. There is so much they can conclude about you because of the grammatical errors you have in the cover letter. It would be better if you can ask help from a family member or a friend about your cover letter. Ask them what their opinion on the way you have written it. Let them critique it.

These may just be three tips but mind you, however simple these may be, these can either make or break you in your quest for that PT job. What do you think?

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