Writing an ophthalmic technician cover letter can be daunting. You realize that it’s a necessity for almost any job application, but the idea of having to articulate your strengths and interests in paragraph form probably doesn’t thrill you. After all, you’re an ophthalmic technician, not a finalist in a New York Times essay writing contest.
Writing a cover letter is difficult, but it should be looked at as an opportunity to highlight some of those unquantifiable abilities you have that don’t fit into the specific boxes on your resume.
In other words, your ophthalmic technician cover letter humanizes you.
It’s a bridge between the cold, hard facts of your resume, and the genuine human connection that only an interview can achieve. Your ophthalmic technician cover letter plays a huge role in landing you an interview, and you should never skip out on taking the time to write a good one.
Start with contact information
Contact information for an ophthalmic technician cover letter includes the following:
- Home address
- Phone number
- Email address
Make them visible, preferably in the top center of the page.
If you have any initials attached to your name (COA, COT, COMT, etc.), make sure to put them at the top of your resume, right after your name. This way, the hiring manager doesn’t even need to read your resume to know you’ve got experience.
If you are relocating, and your address is in a different state (or a far commute to the job), be sure to explain your rationale that at the beginning of your cover letter, as it will surely concern the interviewer.
Personalize your ophthalmic technician cover letter and break it into paragraphs
Include the hiring manager’s name in the salutation if you have it, or at the very least, the name of the company you’re applying for.
For example, “Dear Warren Jones” or “To the hiring manager at Private Eyes are Watching You Ophthalmology Group” sounds better than the canned salutation “To Whom it May Concern.”
Cover letters are also referred to as “letters of interest,” which can be an easier way to approach them. Start out your letter by stating the job you’re interested in, mirroring the language used in the advertised job listing to make you sound as suited as possible.
Be sure to mention where you saw the job posting, as this will make the hiring manager feel good about posting the job in a certain place, making him/her see you in a more positive light.
In the first paragraph, you’ve explained that you want the job. Now, for the second paragraph, you get to tell the hiring manager why you are uniquely qualified to fill the position. Give them at least three good reasons to hire you. Years of experience, dedication to patient care, and experience in similar practices are great places to start. If you’re a new grad, make sure that you discuss your enthusiasm, willingness to learn, and eagerness to work unconventional hours
Make sure to, at least once, refer back to the job listing in an indirect manner. For example, if they mentioned they are a busy multi-ophthalmologist practice, you can take this chance to mention you’ve got experience in working for a fast-paced multi-doctor practice. See? It’s like you were MADE for this job.
It all comes back to the psychological technique of mirroring.
Mirroring is a way to subconsciously build a rapport with the reader, by either continually referring back to specific requirements they’ve made, or even better, doing a little research and making your goals (or mission) sound very similar to their own.
Have you ever noticed that the highest compliment a doctor can pay a technician is to say, “You remind me a lot of myself at your age”?
When looking over an ophthalmic technician cover letter, both doctors and hiring managers want to see someone they recognize, so you’ll be well served by presenting yourself as an ophthalmic technician who is truly a good fit with the team, by highlighting shared interests, values, or schooling.
Most practice websites have a little blurb about the doctors who work there, and their hobbies, or at the very least a mission statement for their practice. By mirroring (NOT copying and pasting but expressing the same general intent) some of the content found on a prospective employer’s website, you can make yourself seem perfect for any position.
For example, are they dedicated to serving the local community? What a coincidence – you happen to volunteer your time at nursing homes in the community repairing glasses! Or, are they are committed to providing state-of-the-art care for their patients? What luck! You have an interest in technology, and pride yourself on staying up-to-date on the newest forms of patient care!
It’s like you already work there.
That said, do not lie about your interest or involvement in causes that do not truly resonate with you. The practice might ask you about them during an interview, and they’ll see right through any fibbing.
Plus, if you don’t truly value what the practice values, is it really the right fit for you?
Don’t say “in conclusion.” They know that this is the conclusion to your ophthalmic technician cover letter, because it’s the last paragraph. Sum up the letter by reiterating your interest in the specific position, and give them two ways they can contact you to speak further. For example, phone and email.
Let them know you will follow up with them, and give them a specific date one or two weeks out from when you expect they will be reading your letter. Then mark that date on your calendar, with their contact info so you actually follow-up. And of course, conclude by saying thank you. After all, if they spent all that time reading your ophthalmic technician cover letter, they deserve appreciation.
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