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An Example of an Application Letter for Medical Jobs

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Patient care is a serious responsibility, requiring medical staff to be educated, experienced and strong communicators. When writing an application letter for a medical job, employers want to be sure that the candidates they interview are ready to meet the demands of the position. Drafting a solid application letter helps show employers that a job applicant is ready for the position.

Education Credentials

Start by describing the education degree and certification that have been achieved. These are the most important considerations in determining a candidate's qualifications for a medical job. The American Nursing Credentials Center recommends that applicants describe the highest degree earned, licensure, any state designations or requirements that are filled, and any national certifications that apply to the position, in that order. Once application readers see that an applicant's education and certifications are aligned with the position requirements, the remainder of the application letter should show the unique qualifications of the candidate beyond the minimum educational expectations.

Experience with Procedures

The next paragraph should describe the medical procedures an applicant has familiarity with. For example, experience with catheterization procedures is an important skill to show when applying to medical jobs in senior care. Candidates should carefully think about the procedures that might best apply to the particular position and describe the comfort, experience, and familiarity with those procedures in the second or third paragraph of the application letter.

Experience with Devices

A paragraph describing experience using medical devices should come next. "Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine" explains that the nursing role, for instance, is rapidly changing and requires experience in using medical technology. A paragraph that demonstrates experience with IT systems in electronic health records, for instance, can go a long way in showing employers that a candidate is ready to take on the challenges of 21st century medical jobs.

Personal Attributes

Toward the end of the application letter, write a paragraph that explains personal attributes or passion toward the position. Because medical jobs require frequent personal interaction with patients, employers want to see that candidates will be passionate about their work. Provide a paragraph that describes the kind of worker you will be, and how you like to interact with patients on the job.


Justin King is a writer and scholar of environmental and public rhetoric. He holds a Master of Arts in writing studies from Saint Joseph's University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University. King has been contributing to online publications and print journals since 2004, as well as delivering talks on science writing and environmental theory throughout the United States.

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