Cover Letters

 Some useful tips:

  • Start with your full address and the date in the top right hand corner. The employers name and address will be under this to the left
  • RE: Ref no and full job title
  • Dear Mr/Mrs...
  • I wish to apply for the post of …
  • State who you are : I am in the final year of/have recently graduated from the BScPhysiotherapy programme at University College Dublin with a xxx degree.
  • I believe I am suitable for the post as I have completed xxxx rotations in xxx health settings/countries. Brief description of clinical placements relevant to the job.
  • Mention your interest interest in working for that company/hospital etc. Do your research
  • Unique selling points and how will you contribute to the team
  • CPD, volunteer work etc and how these add to you experience
  • Key skills acquired – relate to job requirements
  • Dissertation – title and grade [if relevant] – presentation/paper
  • Finish up with 'I would be delighted/welcome the opportunity to attend for interview/to be considered for this position'
  • End – Yours sincerely

        Name and contact details [phone and email]

 

 

 CV Preparation-30 seconds to sell yourself!!!

 

 

Offer reassurance on 3 areas:

  • Yes I can do THIS job, not just any
  • Yes, I am a highly motivated person
  • Yes, I will add value to your organization

 

Layout:

  • No more than 2 A4 pages
  • High quality paper
  •  Font size, 11 or 12
  • Use bullet points, leave plenty of white space
  • Get a friend to check for typos
  •  No folders
  • Clear, concise, relevant

 

 

Personal Details:

  • Full name
  • Current address
  • Mobile number
  • Email address

Personal Statement (optional):

  •  Introductory profile at the top of the CV
  • 3-4 sentences
  • Relate it to job specification
  • Avoid overuse of buzz words eg. Dynamic, forward-looking professional, I have highly developed people skills
  •  Language suggestions:

-          Recently qualified chartered physiotherapist with practical experience gained working with…

-          Proven ability to…

-          Demonstratable track record in…

-          Recognised by…for…

 

Education Details:

  • Start with most recent
  • Third level – Institution name (include correct name of physiotherapy school), address, dates, degree
  • Include thesis/dissertation title if relevant to job
  • Highlight scholarships/first in class/awards

 

  •  Second level – Name of school, address, dates, leaving cert points

 

Professional Experience:

  • Professional body membership
  • Clinical placements, in reverse chronological order

- Table format

- Core areas and specialist areas

- Where, date, duration, clinical area, conditions seen

- Highlight elective placement

 

  • Sports physiotherapy experience

-          With a sports team

-          Volunteering post sporting events eg. marathons, sports blitz

 

  •  Volunteer work (can include here if relevant to physiotherapy)

-          Volunteering as a physiotherapist in a developing country or with a charity

-          UCDVO

 

  •  Continuous Professional Development

-          ISCP conferences

-          Courses attended

-          Dissertation presentations/posters

-          Publications

-    Specific certificates eg. CPR

  

 

Previous Employment:

  • Part-time jobs, summer jobs, internships
  • Don’t leave obvious gaps in your employment history
  • Dates, company name, title, main responsibilities/duties (were you placed in a position of trust?)

Skills:

  • Look at job description
  • Take skills from all areas

 

Achievements/Additional Qualifications:

  • ECDL, sporting achievements, raising money for charity

 

Extra-curricular activities:

  • Include things you can talk about comfortably
  • Use examples to demonstrate: accomplishment, initiative, leadership potential, communication skills, the ability to work with others

 

Referees:

  • One academic and one clinical reference
  • Name, address/institution, phone number
  • State their connection to you

 

 

 

 

Sample CV  

 

Curriculum Vitae – John Murphy

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­___________________________________________________________

A recently qualified physiotherapy graduate with practical experience not only    

in the core aspects of physiotherapy but also in more specialised areas such

as.... Recognised by UCD for ...  A problem solver who excels on both own initiative and within a team.

___________________________________________________________

Address: 4 The Maples, Clonskeagh, Dublin    D.O.B. 27/03/1991

E-mail: john.murphy@ucdconnect.ie              Phone:  00 353 867529427

 

Education

2009-2013 University College Dublin – Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy awarded from UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science (2nd class Honours)

 

2003-2009  Blackrock College, Blackrock, Dublin  

                  Leaving Certificate 2009: 6 As at higher level

 

Physiotherapy Clinical Experience

Clinical Experience

Date

Clinical Area

Clinical Site

Conditions Seen

February- March 2013

(4 weeks)

Respiratory Inpatients (Medical) & Pulmonary Rehabilitation

St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin

-Medical respiratory: COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, hospital and community acquired pneumonia

-Pulmonary Rehabilitation, hospital based

- Phase 3 Cardiac Rehabilitation, hospital based

-Community home visits as part of the COPD outreach programme to support early discharge

January -February 2013 (4 weeks)

Weight Management Clinic & Cardiac Rehabilitation

St. Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown, County Dublin

-Class 3 Obesity (BMI >40) patients with related musculoskeletal problems including low back pain, knee, shoulder and ankle OA

-Obesity related chronic lower limb swelling clinic: application of compression bandaging

-Phase 3 Cardiac Rehabilitation, hospital and community based

-Weight management exercise class

-V02 max testing

June- July 2012 (5 weeks)

 

Elective Placement

Community Paediatrics

Enable Ireland,

Sandymount,

Dublin

-Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Developmental Delay, Muscular dystrophy, Goldenhar syndrome, Rasmussen’s encephalitis, Retts syndrome

-Hydrotherapy

-Community home visits

-Group physiotherapy & Early intervention classes

November-December 2012 (5 weeks)

Respiratory Inpatients

James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown

-Medical respiratory: COPD, hospital acquired pneumonia, pneumocystis pneumonia, pulmonary fibrosis

-Surgical respiratory

-Intensive Care Unit

-Pulmonary and Cardiac rehabilitation, hospital and community based

October – November 2012 (5 weeks)

Orthopaedic Outpatients

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin

-Musculoskeletal assessment and treatment: soft tissue injuries, orthopaedic conditions, peripheral conditions, spinal conditions, rheumatology

-Back class

-Ankylosing Spondylitis class

-Lower limb rehabilitation class

-Hydrotherapy

 

August – October 2012

(6 weeks)

Neurology Inpatients

St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin

-Stroke rehabilitation: all major stroke classifications, TACI, LACI, POCI, PACI

-General rehabilitation: deconditioning, amputee rehabilitation, stiff person syndrome, encephalomyelitis

 

 

Sports Physiotherapy experience

  • February 2013 - present: Kilmacud Crokes, Stillorgan, Co.Dublin - Sports Physiotherapist and first aid official for the senior men’s team
  • September 2012-May 2013: UCD Junior A Men’s Football team - Sports Physiotherapist and first aid official for the team
  • 2011 & 2012: RÁS UCD 5km road race – provided physiotherapy services for athletes to raise funds for UCD Volunteers Overseas.

 

Volunteer and AID work

  • May-June 2012: Volunteer physitherapist with Special Olympics Ireland
  • 2010 and 2011: Volunteer with UCD St. Vincent de Paul Society homework club        

 

Continuous Professional Development

  • ...Conference 2013 - Poster Presentation of Final Year Dissertation
  • Certified Pilates instructor, STOTT pilates

 

 

 

Previous Employment

  • May-September 2011 Care Assistant, Sea View Nursing Home, Clonskeagh, Dublin
  • 2010-2012: Gaelic Football Coach for U14 and U16 boys teams of St. Michaels Football club, Blackrock
  • Summer 2010 & 2011: Sales Assistant, Champion Sports, Dundrum Shopping Centre

 

All my duties involved positions of responsibility including the care of patients, handling cash, supervising children.

 

Skills

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with patients, colleagues, members of the MDT..etc
  • Enthusiastic and willing to learn, recognised by placement tutors as a fast learner

 


Achievements and Certificates Held

  • First Aid and CPR (recently updated) - October 2012
  • Manual handling course completed – 2009 and 2013
  • Leinster Junior Football Champion with St.Michaels - 2011
  • Certified Gaelic Football coach -2010
  • Dublin Minor footballer - 2008 & 2009
  • ECDL - 2007

 

Extra-curricular activities

  • Gaelic Football with St. Michael's GAA Club
  • Volunteering with Speical Olympics Ireland and St. Vincent de Paul

 

Referees:

(Placement Tutor)                      (Academic Supervisor)

Mary O'Sullivan                          Dr. Brian O’Sullivan

Senior Physiotherapist,               UCD Lecturer,

Hospital,                                    University College Dublin,

Dublin.                                      Belfield,

                                                Dublin 4.

 

Tel: 01 2847482                        Tel: 01 3325609

 

 

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