As a massage therapist, you are fortunate to be able to work in a variety of professional settings, including hospitals, medical practices, sports-injury clinics and spas. Plus, your employment prospects are promising: the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of jobs in the field should grow by 20 percent between 2010 and 2020. With opportunities like this, it may be tempting to mass mail one cover letter to multiple sources. Resist this tack, as you will make a better impression if you tailor each cover letters to a specific organization. In this way, you can demonstrate that you’ve done some quiet research, which will reveal you to be a true professional.
Center your name at the top of the page. Place your contact information underneath in smaller type.
Open your letter on an upbeat tone, referring to a specific opening if one exists, or simply expressing your interest in joining the organization. Experience matters, so refer to the length of time you have worked as a massage therapist. For example, you might say, “As a massage therapist with 10 years of experience at a spa, hospital and physical therapy practice, I am interesting in joining your organization.”
Cite your credentials, including where you attended college and where you earned your massage therapy license or certificate. Requirements vary by state, so now is a good time to be sure that your credentials are up to date and that your fees have been paid.
Outline your last several professional positions, detailing the number of patients you have treated each week. This is important information to share, as it demonstrates how large of a patient load you can manage. Be sure to mention the length of your massages, as they can vary from between 15 minutes and 60 minutes.
Segue to your personal characteristics and qualities, emphasizing teamwork since it is integral to the work of a massage therapist. If relevant, share a personal story about why you chose to become a massage therapist or how you approach patients in discomfort and put them at ease. Refer to your enclosed resume and references by saying, perhaps, “I am confident that my references attest to my professional abilities and personal attributes, highlighted on my enclosed resume and reference list.”
Summarize why you believe your professional and personal skills can help you make “valuable contributions” to the organization. Demonstrate that you have researched the organization by referring to a project, endeavor or goal that you are well qualified to augment.
Express your wish to discuss the open position or a “future collaboration.” Say that you will follow up in a few days. Then, thank the recipient for her time and consideration.
Proofread and edit your letter thoroughly. It should be free of grammar and spelling mistakes.
- Massage Therapists: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Purdue University Online Writing Lab: Quick Content Tips for Cover Letters
- Cover Letters: Types and Samples
- Office Writing.com: Cover Letter Format
- Letters from the Homeroom: Writing a Letter of Interest
- Colorado State University: Writing Guide: Business Letters
- If you have been referred to the organization by an employee there, be sure to mention this person. But, you don’t want this tack to backfire, so first, make sure that this person is held in high regard at the organization.
With education, health care and small business marketing as her core interests, M.T. Wroblewski has penned pieces for Woman's Day, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal and many newspapers and magazines. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University.