Chart Out your Cover Letter to Stand Out

To include a cover letter or not to include one? Some say no if it’s not asked for, citing it’s a waste of time. Why would you think a hiring manager or recruiter would look at a cover letter if they only spend six seconds on average looking at a resume?

However, having a cover letter that actually makes it easy for a recruiter to see if you meet the qualifications for the position could help you stand out in a way that gets you an interview. The key is:

  1. Do you meet all the qualifications for the position?
  2. If you do, then chart it out for them.

For example, let’s just take the requirements from a posting that came up when we did a search for “Registered Nurse” on Indeed:


  • Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing.
  • Current appropriate state licensure
  • Must meet the practice requirements in the state in which he of she is employed.

Experience and Required Skills:

  • Minimum of one-year medical-surgical nursing experience preferred.
  • Hemodialysis experience preferred.
  • ICU experience prefferred.
  • Successfully complete a training course in the theory and practice of hemodialysis.
  • Successfully complete CPR Certicication.
  • Employees have to meet the necessary requirements of Ishihara’s Color Blindness test as a
  • condition of employment.
  • Provide coverage at any or all area facilities as required by management.
  • Icd-9 Training.
  • Nurses Technical Training
  • Must meet appropriate state requirements(if any)


A cover letter should have a chart that looks like this:

Your Requirements

My Qualifications

Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing BSN of Nursing from University X, 2000


Current appropriate state licensure Alabama State License number XXXXX
Minimum of on-year medical-surgical nursing experience preferred Three years experience as a medical surgical nurse at XYZ hospital
Hemodialysis experience preferred 2 years experience at XYZ hospital performing hemodialysis
You get the picture- keep filling the chart in…. You get the picture- keep filling the chart in….

This only works if you meet the requirements for the opening. So just like on a resume , experience matters, whether we like it or not.


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Mary Ila Ward

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