Cover Letter Tips and Samples

The team at DaVita SOURCE has reviewed many nephrology cover letters over the years and we have a pulse on what makes a cover letter stand out. We have compiled our cover letter best practices to help you write a great cover letter. Below you will find elements that most hiring practices expect a cover letter to contain, along with some tips to make this often-overlooked document work in your favor for career advancement.


  • Your cover letter and CV create the first impression a practice will have of you. Formatting, font, spelling and layout are all incredibly important in making a strong first impression.
  • Remember the cover letter is your opportunity to showcase your personality. Make sure your cover letter is unique to you and your personal and professional interests and not simply a listing of your education.

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  • In the first sentence, state the intent of your application. Make sure each cover letter is specific to the practice in which you are applying.
  • Give a high level reminder of your experience and accomplishments. For example, if you were voted chief fellow or resident of the year make sure you include that.
  • Include any hobbies, languages or any unique qualities that would differentiate you from other potential candidates.
  • Include any personal or professional ties you have to the market. If your spouse has a job in a nearby city, you own a home or have close family or friends in the area that is a huge bonus.

  • If you have any large gaps in employment that you feel need to be explained, the cover letter is the appropriate place to share. Be sure to keep this explanation brief.

  • In the closing paragraph of the cover letter, make sure you reference your attached CV, reiterate your interest in the practice and provide the best way to contact you. Make certain you also thank them for their time in reviewing your application.