How To Write a Support Worker Cover Letter (With Examples)
By Indeed Editorial Team
Updated 10 November 2022
Published 19 July 2021
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When you apply to be a support worker, your application usually requires a well-written cover letter that effectively conveys your suitability for the role. Your support worker cover letter complements your CV and details your most relevant skills and experiences, while also providing the reader with an insight into your personality. This makes the cover letter very important to your application, and it's worth taking the time to write an effective one. In this article, we explain how to write an effective support worker cover letter with steps, and provide you with some examples.
How to write a support worker cover letter
One of the most important things to do before you start writing your support worker cover letter is to research both the job and the company that posted the vacancy. You must tailor cover letters to both the specific position and the company in question, and doing some research helps you achieve this. One of the more important skills for a support worker is effective communication, and your cover letter is a good place to start showing this skill.
Another piece of information to look for is the name of the person who is going to receive your cover letter. This allows you to address it to them directly, which helps your letter stand out from the many others that begin with a generic 'Dear Sir/Madam'. Once you're ready, follow the steps below to write your support worker cover letter:
1. Explain why you're writing the cover letter
Before you start talking about yourself or your candidacy, specify the position you're applying for within the first line or two. This clarifies your intent for a recruiter, who likely receives many applications for different jobs. You can also specify where you saw the vacancy advertised and introduce yourself by name. Briefly mention what your current role is, if applicable.
2. Explain why you want the job
After you've specified which role you're applying for, you can talk about why you're interested in it. A big part of persuading the recipient of your candidacy is convincing them you genuinely want the job. Talk about how your experiences and qualifications have led you to seeking out a position as a support worker, or why you want to be a support worker at that particular organisation. The insights from your research are going to help a lot in this regard, as you can tailor your reasoning based on them.
Related: How much does a support worker make?
3. Explain why you're the best candidate
Once you've explained why you want the job, the second part of convincing the reader is explaining why you're the best candidate. When you start detailing your relevant skills and experiences, start by matching yours to those listed on the job advertisement. This is an important part of tailoring your cover letter. Once you've demonstrated that you meet as many of their requirements as possible, you can talk about additional skills and attributes that would be desirable in a support worker.
When you talk about your skills and experiences, try to convey the information through examples or in context. For instance, instead of stating that 'I have good communication skills', you could say that 'My experience caring for the elderly, who often have hearing trouble, has made me an excellent communicator'.
4. Thank the reader for their time
After you've made the case for your candidacy, thank the recipient of your cover letter for taking the time to read it and consider your application. If you feel it's appropriate, you can briefly restate your interest in the role, and mention that you are available to interview and answer any questions. After that, you can politely close the letter and leave your name and relevant contact details. If you've already submitted the latter elsewhere, then you can omit them from your cover letter.
Related: How to End a Cover Letter
5. Assess your cover letter
The last thing to do before submitting your cover letter is to re-read and assess it. If you can, do this some time after you've finished writing it. This is an opportunity to correct any spelling or grammar mistakes that you might've made. You can also take the opportunity to assess the quality of the writing, the format and how relevant and persuasive it is. Make sure that you've not omitted anything that you wanted to include, and that the cover letter is easy to read.
If you have any doubts, you can ask a friend or relative to read your cover letter and offer feedback. Below, there is a checklist that you can use to assess your cover letter. This checklist specifies the three most important features of a good cover letter:
A cover letter only ever needs to be one page long at most, even if you use extra spacing. Generally, this means three or four main paragraphs that are no longer than five lines each. Your sentences must be reasonable in length, and your writing free of any unnecessary repetition, rambling and informal or inappropriate language. Make sure that your cover letter is succinct, clear and easy to read.
A relevant cover letter is more likely to secure you an interview than a generic one. You can use a template or master copy to write your cover letter, as long as you ensure that the final copy is unique and tailored. This means you have addressed the recipient by name, have matched your skills with those in the job advertisement and that any other skills you mention are relevant to the role.
Generally, a persuasive cover letter is an effective cover letter. This is partly due to its relevance, and partly due to how you've written. When you assess your cover letter, try to adopt a recruiter's point of view. Ask yourself if you'd be interested in either interviewing or hiring this candidate. If not, then why? Use this to find areas for improvement in your cover letter and amend it accordingly.
Examples of support worker cover letters
To help you write your own support worker cover letter, there are two examples below which follow the guidelines and steps in this article. You can use these as a general guide or template when you write your own, but make sure that your final copy is unique and meets the requirements of the three-part checklist above:
Here's a cover letter for a support worker sample for review:
Dear Ms McDonald,
I am writing to you with regard to the support worker position, which I saw advertised on the Indeed website. I wish to submit my application, as I am very keen to work with your organisation and believe I am an excellent candidate for the position.
I have worked for eight years as a support worker in various areas, and with various types of individual. In this time, I have consistently provided superlative levels of care as a support worker. I also took some courses in counselling, and this has helped me assist those under my care to remain positive and motivated. I help them develop plans and goals, and motivate them at every step of their journey. I've been required to keep detailed records for the medical staff involved, which has granted me excellent communication and organisation skills.
Thank you for taking the time to read my application. I am very excited about helping you build a nurturing and positive environment at your new facility, and look forward to discussing my candidacy further.
0111 2222 333
Consider this second example of a cover letter for a support worker:
Dear Mr Stewart,
I am writing to you to submit my application for the position of support worker at your facility. I was referred to the vacancy by Olivia Brown, who works at the facility as a nurse. I'm excited to talk about my candidacy, as I believe I can bring a lot to the role.
Since receiving a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Robert Gordon University Aberdeen two years ago, I have worked as a support worker at my current place of employment. What attracted me to your facility is the active use of therapeutic techniques in care, which would allow me to utilise my skills and education.
In my current role, I've helped with both care and administrative work. I have helped our clients with their day-to-day tasks, shopping and with their medications. I have also cooked or helped cook meals and helped design meal plans for patients with diabetes or similar restrictions, together with help from nurses. This has made me an effective and compassionate communicator who knows how to actively listen.
Thank you very much for taking the time to consider my application, and I look forward to hearing back from you soon.
Disclaimer: The model shown is for illustration purposes only, and may require additional formatting to meet accepted standards.
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