Dental Assistant Cover Letter
A dental assistant cover letter is a very important part of your resume. Don’t forget to include it! Whereas a resume displays professionalism by listing your qualifications, the cover letter is meant to show a bit of your personality (we’re assuming you have one). The cover letter is meant to introduce you to your potential employer, explaining your purpose for writing, letting them know a few of your skills and experiences, and asking for an opportunity for a personal interview. Since the dental assistant cover letter is your introduction to an employer, it is critical that you leave a good first impression in order to stand out from the crowd from the get go. A cover letter says everything that you can’t include in your resume and is your chance to come off as a real person (we’re assuming you are). This article will explain how to format, review, and research for an effective dental assistant cover letter.
How to Write a Dental Assistant Cover Letter
Your cover letter should be short, sweet, and to the point. It should be no longer than one page and one to three paragraphs is recommended. The more concise you make it the more likely it will be read by an employer and not skipped over and chucked into the heap of waiting resumes. The more you ramble the less likely it will be read. And be sure to make it personal by giving the employer an idea of what you are like.
The first paragraph should be an introduction, presenting yourself and the reason you are writing. The body should discuss goals, skills, and experiences. List these things in short bullet points. Make it interesting so that you will stand out like a sore thumb (which in this case is good). Finally conclude the letter by referring the employer to your resume and indicate that you would like the chance for an interview. Give any additional information and thank the employer for their consideration.
Some Key Points:
- List skills and abilities in bullet form
- No longer than one page
- Show your personality, make yourself stand out
- List your selling points in an easy to read manner
- Thank the employer at the end
Format of a Dental Assistant Cover Letter
Below are two examples of the format of a dental assistant cover letter. There are more online that you can take a look at too. You need to make sure the cover letter is part of a killer resume as well, so that you can attract employers left and right.
It should be along the lines of this:
CITY STATE ZIP
MONTH DAY YEAR
FULL NAME OF RECIPIENT
TITLE OF RECIPIENT (Hiring manager if you don’t know)
NAME OF ORGANIZATION
CITY STATE ZIP
DEAR MR./MRS./MS. [NAME OF PERSON]
OPENING PARAGRAPH: The reason you are writing and basic information about yourself
BODY: List your skills, qualifications, achievements, etc. Explain anything that you would not be able to in your resume
CONCLUSION: Ask for an opportunity to come in for an interview and refer the employer to your resume
Below are two examples of a cover letter.