How to Write a Cover Letter for a Patient Care Assistant Job

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How to Write a Cover Letter for a Patient Care Assistant Job
A cover letter can demonstrate your qualifications for a patient care assistant job. (nurse chris image by John Keith from

A patient-care assistant can perform many of the same job functions as a nurse and can receive certification as a nursing assistant or patient-care assistant. You'll most likely be working directly with patients, helping with tasks such as prepping patients for surgery, administering medication and performing or assisting with basic medical procedures. One of your first steps in applying for a patient- care assistant job is creating a cover letter.

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    Set up the cover letter. Type your name and contact information, including your address, telephone number and e-mail, at the top of the page. Then, skip one line and type the name of the recipient of the cover letter, along with his title, employer and address of the company, institution or organisation you're applying to. Put each element of the address on its own line, and don't indent. Skip one more line and type a greeting, such as "Dear Mr. Johnson."

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    Skip one line after your greeting and start your first paragraph. You can continue to skip lines between paragraphs. In the first paragraph, explain that you're applying for the open patient-care assistant position. Also, state where you heard of the job, such as a current employee or newspaper ad. Mention that you have the main requirements for the job, such as five years experience or certification as a patient-care assistant.

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    Explain more details about your relevant experience in the next paragraph. Include specific skills you've acquired that are relevant to the job, the types of environments you normally work in, the patient population you have the most experience with and the types of procedures you can perform.

  4. 4

    Thank the recipient for taking time to review your resume. Again, express your interest in the patient- care assistant job, and let him know when you're available for an interview.

  5. 5

    End the cover letter. Skip one line below the last paragraph and type a closing, such as "Sincerely." Skip a few more lines and type your name. In the space between your closing and your typed name, you'll sign your name before sending the letter.

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