My career adviser left me with one tip, resume's should be short, sweet and preferably ONE page long!
When applying for child life jobs, only include things pertaining to child life (volunteering, practicum, internship, jobs, camps, etc.)
Remember when hospitals hire you, they call every single place on your resume even if you only volunteered for a few hours, so choose wisely.
While work experience at a local restaurant is great to have, your future employees aren't going to care about it. They also aren't going to care about the nanny job you had during college or the volunteering you did at the local animal shelter. (Sorry, they really did impact the person you are today though!)
- A well organized resume will win everyday over a poorly organized one.
- Are you having trouble aligning your dates and names? A sneaky tip is to create your resume in a table and remove the lines.
- Make sure your resume is in chronological order, present to past.
- Check and double check for all grammatical errors. Have another set of eyes look over it!
- All things you are not currently involved with should be written in the past tense. i.e. Helped, Facilitated, Created...etc.
- Come up with a creative objective...I'm in search of a child life specialist position isn't going to cut it.
- Each cover letter should contain specific information regarding that hospital. Can you include their child life mission statement, or did you read something interesting on their child life page?
- Address each cover letter to that hospital's child life team or director. (Tip: Go to the hospital's internship page to see if they have an address you can use on your cover letter)
- Find a way to incorporate the hospital's name into your objective.
- A cover letter should be no longer than a page and is typically composed of three paragraphs.
- Each cover letter should be signed with a pen on resume paper before mailing or sending.
- Don't be shy. The cover letter is your place to shine, brag and be excited about this new opportunity.
- Discuss why you feel you would add a great addition to their team.
- Future employees want someone with big ambition and someone who isn't afraid to let their talents show.
- Traditional font, no smaller than 10pt and no larger than 12 pt. The largest thing should be your name.
- Margins should be appropriate to the length of your resume. It's okay to manipulate them to be small in order to fit it all on one page.
- Categories you can include, but do not have to:
- Name and Contact information
- Child Life Experience
- Volunteer Experience/Related Volunteer Experience
- Work Experience
- Leadership Experience
- Professional Experience (i.e. applicable certifications, professional organizations, and conferences)
- Research Experience
Cover Letter Format
- Name on top, same size as resume
- Same font and size as resume, but margins can be wider
- Personal contact information aligned right
- Hospital contact information aligned left
- Addressed personally
- We recommend sending a cover letter to EVERY hospital you apply to. Personalize it based on that hospital. But double check behind yourself. The tackiest thing you can do is send the wrong cover letter to the wrong hospital!
- Three paragraph structure
- Hand signed by you
Good luck and keep us updated on your journey!
Child Life Specialist Cover Letter
Child Life Specialists provide assistance to children and their families during challenging situations such as hospitalization. These experts teach children how to cope with challenges through self-expression strategies. Typical work activities of a Child Life Specialist are providing emotional support, helping families to develop coping strategies, explaining medical terms to children, preparing them for procedures, explaining illness to patient’s peers, and ensuring a friendly environment in healthcare units.
The ideal candidate for this job should be able to demonstrate the following skills throughout his or her cover letter:
- The ability to interact with young patients
- Empathy and a caring personality
- Emotional stability
- Medical teamwork
- Stamina and patience
- Excellent communication skills
- The ability to explain medical jargon in an age-appropriate manner
- Attention to details
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Dear Mr. Estrada:
As a skilled and caring professional with 15 years of experience ensuring empathic and nurturing care and support for children facing hospitalization, it is my pleasure to submit the enclosed resume for your review. My background and passion for superior children’s experiences in healthcare facilities position me to significantly impact Claymount Hospital in the role of Child Life Specialist.
Program and activity coordination, pain management, and participant relations are just a few of the areas in which I excel. By leading play and recreational activities to create a more familiar and welcoming atmosphere in emotional and challenging situations, I have honed my communication, creativity, and motivational skills. My inherent dedication to fostering superior hospital environments for children has successfully resulted in calmer, less stressed, and more at-ease youth patients.
Highlights of my qualifications include:
- Running a one-person children’s program at the Oleander Medical Institute, encompassing Pediatric Intensive Care, Pediatrics, and the Hematology/Oncology Clinic; organized and led interdisciplinary rounds, scheduled and coordinated specific events for pediatric patients, and accompanied children during medical procedures.
- Carrying a patient load of between 30-45 children at any given time, providing grief support, sibling assistance, and patient preparation and care.
- Winning a grant for a new playroom facility at Oleander, providing ~$25K worth of interactive play equipment for children.
- Orienting and managing program volunteers recruited from local schools and community groups.
- Building and sustaining strong relationships with families, peers, volunteers, and community members.
- Possessing complementary administrative abilities such as records management, reporting, and compliance.
With my experience and enthusiasm, I am well prepared to dedicate myself to the highest standards of excellence at Claymount Hospital and exceed your expectations for this position. I look forward to discussing my qualifications in further detail. Thank you for your consideration.
Evonne A. Gorman