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



  • 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?)


  • 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



  • 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:              Phone:  00 353 867529427



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


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,



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


-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



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.



  • 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



(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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