Speech pathologists work in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, child day care centers, nursing homes and outpatient care centers. If you are searching for employment as a speech pathologist, then you are going to need a professional cover letter to accompany your resume. Your cover letter should describe your most important qualifications and work experience as it relates to that particular position. There are a few things that you should take into consideration when you create a cover letter for a speech pathologist job.
Make a list of the things that you want to include in your cover letter. Your cover letter should only contain information that is relevant to the speech pathologist job that you are applying for. Include details about your talents, skills, strengths, education and training as it relates to that position. You may also choose to mention your areas of specialization, the age groups and types of patients you have worked with, the kinds of facilities where you have worked and information about your credentials.
Create the first paragraph of your cover letter. In the first paragraph, you should briefly introduce yourself, mention why your are writing the letter and state the name of the position that you are applying for. Be sure to let the employer know how you discovered the job opening (an employment agency, newspaper or career website). Make sure that your sentences are clear and easy to understand and do not make your first paragraph too lengthy (2-to-3 sentences maximum).
Develop the body of the cover letter. The body should consist of one to three paragraphs (five to six sentences for each paragraph) and you should highlight your professional work experience as a speech pathologist, as well as your abilities and accomplishments. This is the time to show how you meet the qualifications for that position and to also prove to the employer that you are the right person for that job.
Write the conclusion paragraph. Begin the paragraph by asking the employer for an interview and let him know when you are available to meet. Don’t forget to refer the employer to your resume for additional information about your qualifications and work experience. In addition, be sure to thank him for taking the time to review your cover letter and resume.
Proofread the rough draft of your cover letter and make the necessary corrections. Be sure to read through your cover letter twice before you make any revisions. You should also use the spell check function on your computer to help you identify errors. After you’ve made your corrections, save the cover letter and print out a copy of it to send to the employer.
Tips & Warnings
- Be sure to type your cover letter and try using an appropriate font, such as a 12 font size, Times New Roman.
- Make sure that you include the employer’s contact information at the top of the cover letter and address the letter to a specific person.
- Do not use bullets or bold letters in your cover letter.
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