Whether you already work in social care or you want to get into the industry, you’ll need to make a good first impression when applying for new positions. Below, we’ve rounded up some top tips for writing a cover letter that’s persuasive and engaging.
Although qualifications are important in social care, it’s your real-world experience that will count for the most. If you’re currently working in social care or have done in the past, be sure to highlight your experience and give an overview of the responsibilities and tasks. You may decide to put your previous social care roles at the top of your CV and then mention them in your cover letter, just to reinforce that you have experience in the industry.
Having said that, qualifications are still an important factor when it comes to finding the right social care job. Whether you studied social care at college or you have a degree in care, you should mention this in your cover letter, mentioning work placements or internships that were undertaken as part of your course. If you were part of a school or university team or did some volunteering in your spare time, you could also mention this in your cover letter, bringing it back to how those skills will help you focus on the job in hand.
Your prospective employer probably doesn’t care that you go horse-riding in your spare time or that you love singing and dancing. But they will be interested to hear that you care for your elderly relatives or young children when you’re not at work. Mention your personal life if you think it is relevant to the role – you may be able to link some of what you get up to in your spare time to the skills and responsibilities that the employer is looking for.
It’s important that you get your cover letter just right, but if you can find a role that’s closely aligned with your skill set and knowledge, then it’ll be much easier to score job interviews. You can sign to a website such as Employ Social Care and be alerted when new social care jobs are posted in your local area – and from there, you’ll be able to screen which roles you think are right for you. You should also follow social media accounts of companies that you’d like to work for and check them out on a regular basis so that you’re aware of their new vacancies.
By taking on board the tips that we have featured in this article, you should be able to create a compelling cover letter that stands out and land your dream job in the social care industry. Whether you’re going into social care for the first time or you’re a seasoned expert, good luck with your search!