This Physician Assistant sample cover letter will give you the inspiration and ideas you need to finish your application and land your next job. Here you can read through a full example of a cover letter done right, and then we’ll take a closer look at each section, explain them in more detail, and provide some suggestions and advice.
The cover letter header is where you can find all of the applicant’s contact information. It’s the easiest section to write so it can be a good way to start if you find yourself stuck staring at a blank page.
Start with your full name and add your relevant credentials, such as MMS, PA-C or PA, etc. Adding your exact home address is optional. Instead, you can just add your name and the city you are located in. If you live in a large city, you may want to add the street or area you live in to give the employer an idea of how close you are to the workplace. You can also choose a different font for your name and make it the title of the letter. It’s recommended to add the date to show that the letter was written recently.
Cover letter greeting
It’s best to address the person you are writing to by name. This will demonstrate that you did research on the organization and the people who work there. If you could not find the name, then you can say “Dear ER Department Head” or “Dear Physician Assistant Hiring Team” or use the greeting from our example. If you are addressing them by their last name and they're female, use Ms. rather than Mrs or Miss. If the person is a doctor, make sure to use Dr. Never use “To Whom It May Concern”, as this is outdated and impersonal.
Cover letter introduction
The goal of this section is to hook the reader in so they read the rest of the letter. Consider this to be your elevator pitch to the HR team. Start right away with your best features instead of keeping the best for last. Bring up your experience as a PA, accomplishments, and show your confidence in your own skills and enthusiasm to work in this position. Emphasize that you are the perfect fit for this work and that you have what it takes to excel in this role.
Cover letter middle paragraphs
Now that you’ve caught their attention, it’s time to elaborate on what this team will gain from hiring you. Demonstrate that you are familiar with the responsibilities and tasks of being a physician assistant and are sure that you can handle them well. Give examples from your previous experience in this role that prove your abilities and professionalism. List the most important examples in bullet form to bring attention to them.
This is not the place for overused generic phrases, instead show your uniqueness by giving specific examples. You can also explain your background and what inspired you to pursue this career path, as well as your future goals and how this job would align with them. It can also be great to explain what you love about being a physician assistant. This section should be no more than 2-3 paragraphs long, so try to be concise and focus on the important information rather than getting carried away writing a story about your childhood.
Cover letter conclusion and sign-off
This is where we finish off with a call to action, suggesting that you are waiting for their call, are hoping to talk to them soon, would love to meet for an interview or something similar. You can add when you are ready to start this new job like in our example, or let them know when you are available for an interview. Don’t forget to thank them for their time at the end of your letter.
This sample letter and the tips we provided should give you a good idea of how to write your own letter. We suggest also reading our articles about how to write a cover letter and common mistakes to avoid to make sure you master this skill and can create your own unique letter.
Alex Miller is a writer, editor, and HR manager who specializes in education and counseling. He was born in Slovenia and moved to the USA as a teen. Alex loves to travel and explore old towns. He is passionate about psychology, literature, and good food.