Job opportunities in the world of medicine are abundant, and medical assistant positions are no exception. This doesn’t mean, however, that there won’t be competition. Effectively selling yourself to a hiring manager will give you a leg up on other applicants, and the best way to do that is with a solid cover letter.
If you are looking for a job in this field, our medical assistant cover letter sample and four industry-specific tips can help you write your own. Regardless of your experience, the information will be helpful for anyone looking to get started creating a strong application that will land interviews in no time.
Want to learn the basics first? Have a look at our comprehensive writing guide.
Table of Contents
- Medical Assistant Cover Letter Sample (Image)
- Medical Assistant Cover Letter (Text Format)
- Four Industry Writing Tips
1. Medical Assistant Cover Letter Sample (Image)
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2. Medical Assistant Cover Letter (Text Format)
Apr 12, 2017
Hiring Manager’s Name
46 Bucchaneer Blvd.
Denver, Colorado, 80208
Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],
My name is Sarah, and I saw your job posting on Monster.com last night. I’ve been working as a medical assistant for more than 5 years, and I’m in love with this profession. I particularly love being in a position to help people. Your hospital is one of the best for patient care in the Mountain States, and I would be thrilled to contribute to its already stellar reputation.
One of the things that helps a medical assistant succeed is the willingness to be flexible. On any given day, we could be asked to perform minor medical procedures, clean the floor, or use EMR software to manage patient histories. I am willing and capable of performing any task thrown at me. I love a challenge, and delight in having a variety of duties from day to day.
I’ve read that [TARGET COMPANY] was recently awarded the AHA NOVA Award for excellence in collaborative programs for improving community health. I believe that community outreach is the first step toward making our world a better place, and it’s refreshing to see a healthcare facility as large as [TARGET COMPANY] taking this initiative. My skills and experience, coupled with my passion for patient care, make me a great fit for your organization.
It would be great to meet in person for a face-to-face interview. I am available any day of the week, and can be reached by phone at [PHONE] and email at [EMAIL]. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you to discuss this opportunity further.
3. Four Industry Writing Tips
Nearly all cover letters follow the same basic format, but there are some things you can do to make yours stand out to prospective employers. Tailor it using the following tips and your chances of scoring an interview will increase significantly.
1. Address the hiring manager by name
The way you greet someone for the first time is important, as it shapes their first impression of you. This is also true in job applications. Would you like to be addressed with “To Whom It May Concern”? Of course not – we wouldn’t either. It’s too formal and impersonal. Our research indicates that hiring managers feel the same way.
“Dear Sir or Madam” is just as bad. If you weren’t born in the 1800s, why write like it?
Anything is better than using the same old antiquated greetings of yore.
The solution is simple: find out the hiring manager’s name. Sometimes the job posting will list his or her contact information. If not, search the healthcare organization’s website. Look for the name of the department manager or the human resources director. You could also call the office and try to find out that way.
Worst case scenario: address the hospital or clinic’s CEO. It seems like an odd choice, but it will show the hiring manager that you’ve made an effort and done some research – and anything is better than using the same old antiquated greetings of yore.
2. Emphasize your passion for providing healthcare
The best employees are those that like and care about their work. This is especially true in healthcare. Hiring managers are aware of this, and will be looking for someone who is not only qualified, but also enjoys helping people.
To demonstrate your passion for job, mention it in your cover letter. In our sample, you can see that Sarah states three times how she loves her work or has a passion for helping people:
Making it clear that you love what you do will give you an edge over other applicants, as you will appear likely to stick around for the long term.
3. Research the target organization and make a connection
Employers love hearing great things about their organizations. Luckily, hospitals and healthcare facilities often receive various awards and recognitions. Make your application stand out by mentioning one of these.
Have a look at the organization’s website. Any awards they’ve received will be noted in the recent news or blog section. Recognition for achievements or milestones will also be there. Anything like this will be great to mention, as it will let the hiring manager know that you’ve done some research and are a serious applicant.
If you can’t find anything about awards or recognition, look for any updates or news of remodeling to the facilities.
Once you’ve identified something like this, use it to connect with the hiring manager. Take a look at how Sarah does this in the sample:
4. Thank them for their time
The person who reads your cover letter will have read tens, if not hundreds of them. It is tedious work, and for this reason it’s often the little things that stand out. Thanking the hiring manager for their time and/or consideration is an easy thing you can do to set yourself apart from other applicants.
It may not make a difference in the end, but you should give the impression that you are respectful, polite, and considerate. This will give you the best chance to make a positive impact with your writing.
Now that you you’ve read through our tips and had a look at our sample, you should be ready to write your own cover letter. Still don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered. Try our quick and easy cover letter builder so you can get your application off the ground and into the hands of hiring managers. Good luck on the job hunt!
To develop a powerful resume for a career in healthcare technology as a software engineer, view the sample resume below, and download the healthcare IT professional resume template in Word. And if you need more help, get a free resume evaluation today from the experts at Monster's partner TopResume.
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Healthcare IT Professional Resume Sample
Sometown, CT 55555 § Phone: 555-555-5555 § firstname.lastname@example.org § LinkedIn URL
SYSTEMS AND NETWORK ANALYST – HEALTHCARE SECTOR
Multicertified technology professional with experience managing enterprise implementations of healthcare information and EMR systems. Expert at gathering, analyzing and defining business and functional requirements; leading data-modeling and process-mapping initiatives; and designing/re-engineering processes, workflows and technology solutions for healthcare systems and networks. Proven ability to lead implementations and deliver technical solutions improving revenues, margins and workplace productivity.
ABC HOSPITAL NETWORK, Sometown, CT | 2010 to Present
Senior Systems and Network Analyst, 2012 to Present
Systems Analyst, 2010 to 2012
Advanced to senior systems and network analyst role to provide IT leadership for hospital’s technology infrastructure located in 70 facilities nationwide. Manage large-scale enterprise migration projects, systems conversions and performance tuning and monitoring of applications/systems. Help set long-range technical direction and capacity plans.
- Led hospital’s EMR implementation of Centricity system. Designed and launched “pre-load” training clinics, optimized training documentation prior to go-live and designed custom modifications to accommodate special needs (e.g., legally blind physician user).
- Analyzed all aspects of server upgrade deployment for 12,500 workstations nationwide to ensure a smooth migration. Created desktop standardization and dashboards and provided ad-hoc reports using MS Access and MySQL Query Analyzer.
- Documented workflows and executed comprehensive training plan to medical staff that more than doubled EMR access (from 48% to 100%) and usage (from 35% to 80%).
- Managed back-end infrastructure IQ/OQ remediation effort for 27 North American sites. Authored IQ/OQ summaries and assisted in overall project documentation.
- Transformed processes/toolsets of geographically dispersed medical units into a cohesive, standardized set of solutions that elevated efficiency and accuracy hospital-wide.
- Gathered and assessed needs from internal business units; created custom solutions to resolve issues (e.g., system slowdowns, virus outbreaks and process bottlenecks); and developed functional specifications for IT group.
- Automated previously manual, time-consuming processes to drive gains in data tracking/accuracy, workgroup efficiency and profitability.
ABC HEALTHCARE SOLUTIONS, Sometown, CT | 2006 to 2010
Provided object-oriented analysis, coding and testing of proprietary hospital management software application. Defined, wrote and managed requirements for a major section of this application.
- Helped introduce a new, reproducible software development methodology that contributed to higher-quality product releases and a 27% reduction in errors.
- Championed the implementation of coding reviews that detected programming errors early in the development process, accelerating product go-to-market time by more than 15%.
XYZ UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, Sometown, CT | 2005 to 2006
Health Records Associate(part-time/concurrent with college studies)
Reviewed patient medical records for accuracy and prepared records for release to authorized parties. Organized chart-holding facilities and assisted in training staff.
- Developed streamlined procedures that decreased labor time and eliminated redundancies.
- Created automated daily stats report that reduced errors and is now used by records associates organization-wide. Earned an “Ace Player” award for outstanding customer service and teamwork.
XYZ UNIVERSITY, Sometown, CT
Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (BSCIS)
Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Centricity EMR, Microsoft SQL Enterprise, Microsoft SQL Server Compact Query Analyzer, ZENworks, Norton Ghost, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visual FoxPro, Microsoft Visio, Remedy, Nortel VPN Client, Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office
Windows, Linux, Unix, AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, DYNIX/ptx, NetWare, Mac OS X