It should also give the recipient the sense that the physician has researched the opportunity or organization before writing the letter.
By Bonnie Darves When a physician encounters the seemingly perfect practice opportunity — with a mid-sized group in their hometown that is affiliated with a health system that has an excellent reputation — it’s tempting to quickly compose the requested cover letter to accompany her CV and send it off.
“You may want to include a career objective or job search goals, but be careful not to be too specific or you may rule yourself out of consideration,” he advised.
“Therefore, if there is one goal that really sums up your search, or some objective that is a must-have for you under any circumstances, it would be okay to include that.” On another note, Mr.
Craig Fowler, president of the National Association of Physician Recruiters (NAPR), and vice president of recruiting and training for Pinnacle Health Group in Atlanta, urges residents to include at least an introductory cover letter or note with their CV, even when it’s not requested.
In his experience, 8 out of 10 physicians who express initial interest in a position don’t take the effort to write a letter unless asked.
Here’s why: The carefully crafted letter offers an opportunity to differentiate the resident or fellow from other physicians who respond, and a chance to demonstrate highly personalized interest in the position.
“The cover letter’s value is certainly not decreasing in the digital age.
It provides a vehicle for sharing personal and professional information that might be important to prospective employers but doesn’t quite fit in the CV.
The cover letter should be brief, well written, professional and positive in tone, and absolutely error-free.