How to write a medical assistant cover letter with no experience

Updated March 23, 2017

Medical assistants work with doctors to make sure the administrative and clinical functions of their offices run smoothly, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Tasks include answering the phone, greeting patients, filing patient records or billing information, and sterilising instruments. To find work as a medical assistant, you will need to submit a resume and cover letter in response to a job opening. Without experience as a medical assistant, writing a cover letter may seem daunting, but it is actually simple and straightforward.

Start the letter with a brief opening paragraph explaining why you are writing. Trinity College notes that this opening paragraph should be no longer than two or three sentences. The opening paragraph tells the reader that you are interested in applying for the medical assistant position, where you learnt about the open position, and why you are interested. Is it your energy level? Your natural ability to work with the public? Your attention to detail? Your desire to help others? These few brief statements set the stage for your cover letter.

Write a second paragraph that sums up your work experience and any qualifications that would help you work as a medical assistant. A lack of experience as a medical assistant is not a limiting factor. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that most medical assistants learn on the job. Think of skills, qualities and abilities you have that match those needed by a medical assistant. Are you very detail-oriented? Do you have special training or experience in customer service or bookkeeping? Write about it concisely. Remember that this paragraph should make the reader want to learn more about you by looking at the attached resume. Do not repeat your entire resume or catalogue all of your work experiences. Be brief and summarise key points and skills. You may not have experience as a medical assistant, but tell the reader why you would be a great choice for the job anyway. Link your experiences with the skills a medical assistant needs.

Write a third and final paragraph that succinctly closes the letter. This paragraph should be two or three sentences long and indicate your interest in discussing the job further in an interview, according to the Virginia Tech career office. Provide contact information where the reader can reach you to schedule an interview or talk further about the medical assistant job.

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Matt Browning has been writing about health, science, food and travel since 1990. His career has spanned advocacy, medical communications and public relations and his stories have won awards from the Virginia Press Association. Browning earned a Bachelor of Arts in English language and literature from the University of Virginia.