Job applicants sometimes liken an occupational therapy cover letter to the weird uncle at Thanksgiving dinner. He’s boring, maybe a little awkward, and sometimes it’s easier to just avoid him than deal with him.
While this approach may work for Uncle Larry, omitting an occupational therapy cover letter from your job search is a very foolish move, especially when you’re fresh out of OT school.
Because an occupational therapy cover letter is a new grad’s first opportunity to differentiate him or herself from scores of other job applicants.
Sometimes, you have to put yourself in a hiring manager’s shoes to truly understand a cover letter’s importance. A manager has worked hard to get to that role, and now he/she must hire a team of effective and conscientious therapists. If all the manager has to go by is a stack of resumes, interviews will be granted solely based on credentials, most of which will be more impressive than a new grad’s.
At the same time, if some of those resumes had thoughtful, sincere cover letters accompanying them, the hiring manager would have more of a complete picture to put on the resume.
Imagine that you were the one in charge of hiring a candidate and you’ve got exactly 6 hours to interview 6 OTs for a position.
Would you waste your time interviewing someone who sent the same generic resume to everyone, without taking the time to drop a friendly note to the organization?
This article will tell you EXACTLY what to put in your occupational therapy cover letter to present yourself as a top candidate and get hiring managers fired up to talk to you as soon as possible!
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