Using these tips takes the pain out of writing a cover letter
Writing a cover letter is nobody’s favorite activity, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to be torture! Use these five tips to write your next cover letter, and you may find that it’s not as hard as you think.
Tip 1: Plan 4 simple paragraphs
Most cover letters are 4 paragraphs long, and follow this general formula
- Intro statement
- Overall qualities that make you a good fit for the job
- Relevant experience or education
- Closing statement and follow-up
Jot down a few words for each paragraph so that you know the key points you want to cover. Then you can begin to write while following this simple 4-paragraph format.
Tip 2: Do not re-hash your resume
Your resume serves as a way to list your education and experience. The cover letter is meant to bring out how these experiences make you a good candidate for the job. Rather than re-hashing every job you’ve held, just pick one or two key experiences that give you the right background to do this job.
Tip 3: Focus on what the employer wants
Like your resume, your cover letter should tell the employer how you can benefit them—not the other way around. You want your sentences to point out your skills and experience and how they can bring value to the employer.
Tip 4: Add the keywords
After you have done your writing, look back and make sure you have incorporated some of the keywords that were used in the job ad. (Do this for your resume too.) This will give your cover letter and resume a better chance of being picked up by computers scans.
Tip 5: Get feedback
No matter how many times you write, re-write, and proofread your cover letter and resume, there is always room for improvement. Ask someone for help! It is best if you can ask an instructor or a Career Services advisor for help, because they have a better understanding of what employers are looking for. But if this is not possible, ask a trusted friend to read what you’ve written.
Sample Medical Billing and Coding Cover Letter
Ms. Jordan White
456 Atlantic Avenue
Melbourne, FL 32901
February 1, 2016
Lorraine Simpson, RN
Jackson Medical Associates
Melbourne, FL 32901
Dear Ms. Simpson:
Please accept my application for the Medical Biller position advertised on Indeed. My resume is enclosed for your review.
As a recent graduate of the Harris Casel Institute, my medical billing skills are up-to-date with the latest standards. Our training focused on electronic health records, billing software programs, understanding insurance claims, and working with Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. I understand the importance of accuracy and efficiency in medical billing, and would be eager to use my skills to help you reach your goals at Jackson Medical Associates.
My experience as a medical biller includes my externship at Johnson Healthcare. During the externship, I worked in the billing department where I had the opportunity to process invoices and claims every day. My externship supervisor, Jayne Billings, has written a positive review of my work, and I would be happy to share it with you, along with a transcript of my grades at Harris Casel.
I look forward to hearing from you soon and would be happy to meet for an interview. I will call your office on Wednesday of next week to make sure you have received all of my information. Thank you.