Writing A Great Cover Letter
How do you write a great cover letter if you are new to Locum
Tenens work? This is a great example of the components:
In the first paragraph, state why you are considering Locum
Tenens -- what are your objectives? (i.e. broadening your
experience, personal flexibility, way to gain exposure to a variety
of settings before choosing a full time position)
In the next paragraphs provide a review of past experiences in a
traditional setting. Relate them to the specific requirements
for the position posted.
Ask for the order. Remember, with AdvancedPractice.com you
will be talking first to a recruiter who represents the hiring
client. Use the closing paragraph to ask the recruiter to call you
so that you get a chance to tell more of your story in a live
Dear AdvancedPractice.com Recruiter:
After many years of working directly with patients in diverse
healthcare settings I am seeking an opportunity to expand my
experience as a nurse practitioner. For this reason, I was excited
to learn of your current opportunity for a nurse practitioner. I
would like very much to be strongly considered as a candidate for
this position. Ideally, this position will allow me the opportunity
to utilize my experience gained as a nurse practitioner/assistant
medical director in a rehabilitation/long term care setting and as
a nurse practitioner in a family practice/urgent care
In the capacity of Nurse Practitioner/Assistant Medical Director,
I assessed the health status and coordinated holistic care for
residents/patients from diverse populations with a variety of
healthcare needs and issues. Additionally, I provided for the
health and educational needs of the residents/patients and the
educational needs of the responsible parties/family members and the
facility staff. I have gained a wealth of experience in the role of
Nurse Practitioner/Assistant Medical Director, specifically in the
areas of patient assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation,
evaluation and education.
In the capacity of Nurse Practitioner in the family practice/urgent
care practice, I provided healthcare for a broad range of patients.
I provided healthcare for clients of all ages. I practiced the art
providing equitable, effective care to those with insurance to help
finance their healthcare needs -- as well as those without. I
provided primary healthcare including prevention and management of
acute and chronic disease. I also provided urgent care including
minor procedures such as suturing, ordering and interpreting basic
diagnostic exams including laboratory tests, EKG's and basic x
For your consideration, I have attached my resume for your
review. I am confident that my experience and personable
disposition will be an asset to the organization you represent.
Realizing the limitations of the written page, I would welcome the
opportunity to participate in a personal interview to answer any of
your questions and better present my qualifications. Thank you for
your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you
In today's job search, your resume needs to be well-suited to be
stored in a database. Many recruiting firms and job boards
utilize resume parsers. The parser dissects the CV/resume
into the searchable fields in the database. After parsing,
the recruiter can easily perform searches on fields such as your
geographic preferences, your certifications and credentials -- if
you have constructed your resume in such a manner that the parser
grabs the right information.
This is especially important in locum tenens recruiting as our
assignments change rapidly -- often in response to an urgent or
immediate need by the Doctor's office or hospital -- so it is
critical for a recruiter to find you based upon precise criteria
and do so quickly.
What is the best formatting? If you are not sure about
your existing resume, email AdvancedPractice.com and one of
our Recruiting Associates will send you a
choice of templates that are easy to follow. Match yours
against these recommended formats -- if they are wildly different
we would suggest you consider changing before submitting.
Put your contact information at the very top of the page.
Label everything. i.e. if you are
including your credentials, place a subhead in the resume that says
CREDENTIALS and then, underneath as a subhead to that, type your
credentials (as a list).
The parser matches the subhead in the resume with the available
fields in the database. Use common language for these sub
titles: i.e. Work Experience, Credentials, Certifications,
Education and Professional Awards.
Include a summary paragraph that indicates
your unique strengths. Remember, you are likely being
compared against several other providers. This one paragraph
should tell the recruiter why you are the best to present to his
Stick to one or two fonts (maximum).
More than that actually makes your resume difficult to read.
Don't use exotic fonts because it is likely the recruiter won't
have these on his/her computer and the substitution font may not
produce attractive results.
Be conscious of keywords. Sprinkle your CV or resume
liberally with the words that you believe a recruiter might use
when searching the database (i.e. "psych physician's assistant" or
"family PA". This will help assure that the recruiter does
pull your resume when he/she searches the database.
Many parsers do not read .pdf files. Send a Word document
or .txt version of your resume rather than a .pdf. If you
have used elaborate fonts or formatting you can ask the recruiter
later if he will send a .pdf on to his/her client.
It goes without saying that you should proofread (or have
someone read for you) before sending. Number your pages.
General rule of thumb is to try to keep your resume
to two pages. Obviously if you
have 30 years of experience this may be difficult.
Use concise language...that means leave off the adjectives and
use action words instead. Cite tangible accomplishments which
demonstrate how you excelled in your previous positions. (Pick the
one or two per position that stand out).