Writing an Effective Physician Cover Letter

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In today’s digital job-search world, you may ask: Do physicians need a cover letter? While not an expectation by every recruiter or employer, a well-crafted physician cover letter can set you apart from the crowd. 

“Cover letters add a lot of polish,” says Gail Donovan, senior provider recruiter with Provider Solutions & Development (PS&D). 

Gail has read hundreds of cover letters in her more than 15 years as a physician recruiter. While there’s no set formula, she says there are things physicians can do to stand out. Here, Gail shares suggestions for what to include in each section of your cover letter. 

1. Start your cover letter with a strong opening. 

The first section of your cover letter is a chance to introduce yourself and share a bit about your goals. The opening section, Gail says, should be inviting and may include a statement about your personal goals. 

Gail says she’s less concerned about looks, so long as it’s clean and in an easy-to-read font. She also pays little attention to how the letter is addressed — “Dear hiring manager” works just as well as something more personalized. 

Instead, she says, she’s looking for hints to suggest you’ve researched the organization you’re applying to, why you’re attracted to this particular opportunity, and if you have any connections to the area that will make it easier to transition to a new role and employer. 

Provide information about why you will be a good long-term fit for the role.  

“It’s important to talk about your ‘why’ and connect that with the specific role and organization where you are applying. These details will reassure the hiring manager that you’re interested in putting down roots,” Gail says. “You can reinforce this by saying why you’re drawn to that city or state by mentioning time you’ve spent there or hobbies you could easily cultivate in that specific location.” 

Get the rest of Gail’s tips on how to write a cover letter that stands out. Want to discuss your job options with an expert Recruitment Advisor? We have those on deck at Provider Solutions & Development. We offer holistic, personalized career guidance to help you find the right fit, at every step in your career. Start the conversation today.

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About Provider Solutions & Development  

Provider Solutions & Development is a community of experts founded within Providence, a purpose-driven, 51-hospital health system, over 20 years ago out of a clear need to change recruitment. Today we support dozens of hospital systems and serve physicians and advanced practice clinicians with heart, from residency to retirement, so they can do the same for their patients. With exclusive access to hundreds of positions across the nation, Provider Solutions & Development offers holistic, personal career guidance and placement that puts physicians and advanced practice clinician’s needs first. 

Learn how Provider Solutions & Development can help you find your perfect fit at psdconnect.org.

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