Speech Pathologist Cover Letters
A Speech Pathologist is experienced in speech-language pathology/ therapy. In the U.S., standards and implementation procedures for the certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology lay guidelines towards the practices and operations involved in such therapy. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) awards certificates to practitioner doctors after which they become officially recognized Speech pathologists. For achieving this certificate, one has to be a graduate in speech- language therapy field from a recognized university.
They work with patients suffering from speech disorders related to saliva problems and/ or any other problem. These doctors diagnose and consult their patients for the intervention and treatment of such disorders. They look into various aspects like articulation, voice, brain mapping, saliva issues, respiration issues and other voice related dynamics.
They often work along with various other medical consultants towards solving speech problems in their patients.
1. Cover Letter Sample For Experienced candidates
James Memorial Hospital
23 Gibson St., Boston
Contact No.: (645)755-0956
Dr. Robin Penn, H.O.D. - Audiology
XYZ Medical Sciences College
12 Brew Avenue,
Subject- Application for the post of Speech Pathologist
Dear Dr. Penn, I recently saw your advertisement for an available job post of a Speech Pathologist at your hospital. This ad was posted on www.americanhealthcom dated 27th Nov, '13. I am an experienced Speech Pathologist and interested in taking up this job.
I have a rich experience of 10 years as a speech pathologist during which I have worked with various patients having varied speech and language problems. Working on these cases have suitably enhanced my knowledge about the intricacies of such problems and their related therapies. Many new and innovative methods to overcome such problems have been discovered in the recent years and I am fully up to date with such findings, thanks to our Annual Audiologists' Convention that takes place every year in New York.
I am currently working with XYZ Medical Sciences college in their speech therapy department. I am here since 2007 and during this course of time, I have, together with audiologists and medical consultant team, treated several patients with varied speech problems. These problems range from their salivary glands, aero-mechanical respiratory problems, phonology and voice box issues.
I am a certified practitioner from The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and have completed my Bachelors of Medical Sciences from New York University with specialization in Voice Therapy.
Due to my vast experience in this field, I think I will make for a good candidate for this post and further help patients in overcoming their speech problems.
It is because of my in-depth study and years of experience in dealing with such situations that I have become this learned at my profession..
I am sending to you my detailed resume along with my certifications in hope of hearing from you soon.
Lena Hendricks, Speech Pathologist
XYZ Medical Sciences College
- Experience certificates
2. Cover Letter Example for Freshers
12 West St., Boston
Contact No.: (615)463-0274
Dr. Robin Penn, H.O.D. - Audiology
XYZ Medical Sciences College
12 Brew Avenue,
Subject- Application for the post of Speech Pathologist Trainee
Dear Dr. Penn,
I recently came to know about a job opening for a Speech Pathologist Trainee at your hospital. I have just completed my Bachelor's degree in Medical Sciences with specialization in Audiology from the University of Boston.
I am a certified practitioner and hold certification of excellence awarded to me in my previous two internships with FDR Hospital and Holy Hope Medical Centre. I have assisted Audiologists and Speech Pathologist in these internships respectively and so I have a basic idea of what is required from me to do here.
I am sending in my detailed resume along with this letter. If given a chance, I will definitely strive for excellence in providing health care to our patients.
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I was a public school SLP for eight years. By the time I resigned in 2008, I had managed to get a position at the school of my choice and was lead SLP for the county. My daughter was enrolled in a pre-K class down the hall; we had the same schedule in a great school with summers off. It was exactly the sort of career I thought I wanted as a working mother. But I was miserable.
The educational model wasn’t a good fit for me. I thought about decorating cakes. Briefly. I remember standing in the bakery department of the grocery store watching a woman in a hairnet pipe icing onto a cake, and I thought, maybe I could do that instead. I don’t even bake! But being an SLP in the medical setting? I had always told myself that was out of the question.
It’s now 2016, and I am in my eighth year in the medical setting. Transitioning from school to medical was one of the most nerve-wracking processes I have ever gone through, but it was worth the risk. I enjoy a level of career satisfaction that I never would have imagined. If you are similarly miserable, or even just a little curious, I want to share with you a bit about my journey.
The greatest obstacles I encountered when transitioning to a career as a hospital-based clinician were psychological in nature. Anxiety. Insecurity. Fear. Anytime I considered working outside of an elementary school, I had thoughts like:
- I do not like working with adults, and I would miss the kids.
- I do not like hospitals.
- I am not willing to work during the summer.
- I am a fraud. I don’t know enough about medical-based issues, and if I take a position in a hospital setting, my inadequacies will be exposed in the most painful, most awkward way possible.
- I’m too inexperienced, and no one is going to hire me.
For the first decade of my career, I was absolutely certain these statements – these neurotic mantras – were true. Some of them may have even been true, at different times in my career. What they were not is permanent. Now I know:
- I do like working with adults. I love it! I hadn’t particularly enjoyed treating adults as a 24-year-old grad student, but then, I also hated coffee at the age of 24. What can I tell you? My tastes and perspectives changed. Adult clients remember their lives prior to the health changes that landed them in speech therapy. That inspires a level of motivation that school-aged clients are simply not capable of. With a few pediatric outpatients and children of my own, I never think about “missing the kids.”
- I do like hospitals. I do not like sickness or mortality, but they are realities independent of the existence of hospitals. Hospitals are full of cutting-edge technology and an incredible array of passionate professionals. Some people do, in fact, die in hospitals. But others are born, healed, soothed, and comforted. I feel privileged to play a tiny role in the operation of a hospital.
- Summers. This one was a biggie. As a parent, the thought of giving up June and July with my kids filled me with sadness. Then I crunched the numbers and determined that I could work in a medical setting for 25 to 30 hours per week and make roughly the same income I was accustomed to as a full-time, school-based clinician. I ultimately gave up June and July in exchange for jobs that allowed me to work for 3 or 4 days per week. What’s not to like about that? The benefit of two months off did not offset the burden of working ten months in an ill-fitting and dissatisfying job.
- I was not a fraud. I had not conned my university out of my Masters degree or charmed my way through the Praxis exam. I had the same training as SLPs already working in the medical setting. In school I had studied and worked hard to meet my goals, and I could do it again.
- Experience is not the only factor. Potential employers look at many facets of an individual to evaluate the positive impact they can have on the patients entrusted to their care.
Professional Development for the Medical Setting
While much of what you do in a medical setting will be different at first, it will not be completely unfamiliar. No one is going to ask you to rebuild a carburetor. You have a degree in this stuff. You are not ignorant about medical-based speech pathology, just inexperienced. So, seek out experiences. Here are a few tips to set you in the right direction:
Look for courses that offer marketable certifications upon completion. You will feel so much more prepared to take on a new role, and you will be able to add some certifications to your resume that prospective employers recognize as in-demand.
- LSVT-LOUD is an intensive dysphonia treatment program for patients with Parkinson’s disease. There is an online version of the course, so you can get the certification on your own terms. Most importantly, patients have such great outcomes with this therapy that it makes for a very rewarding way to spend the work day.
- VitalStim certifies clinicians in the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) for the treatment of dysphagia. Having this certification is another way to make your resume stand out, and the material covered in the course is invaluable. (A first-year clinician recently told me that she learned more about evaluating and treating swallowing in one weekend VitalStim course that she had in all other educational and professional setting combined; quite an endorsement!)
Become more familiar with Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBSS or VFSS). Since this is definitely not something any of us ever do in the school setting, I’m going to be really nuts-and-bolts with this one:
- Buy an MBSS study guide that includes a DVD. This will enable you to watch swallow studies, quiz yourself, write mock notes, and check your impressions against the guide. I recommend Interpretation of Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies of Adults by Jeri Logemann if you can find a copy, or take the course.
- Download Tactus Therapy’s Dysphagia Therapy app. It will help you interpret what you see on the MBSS, select appropriate wording for report-writing, and choose which exercises and compensatory strategies to try during treatment.
Focus on being prepared to get through tomorrow. You only have to stay one day ahead of the client. Use his or her needs to direct your treatment, and then go study. Great resources have never been more accessible than they are right now:
- Read SLP-related articles and blog posts. Dysphagia Cafe and Tactus Therapy update their blogs regularly with current research and practical tips for implementing evidenced-based practice in the medical setting.
- Join special interest groups through ASHA for the message boards. SIG 13 – Dysphagia, SIG 15 – Gerontology, and SIG 2 – Neurogenic Communication Disorders offer useful information for the medial setting.
- Take continuing education courses. In addition to the certification courses mentioned earlier, you can check out speechpathology.com, which offers total access to their online courses for just $99, or ask other SLPs which courses and conferences they have found useful.
Read 7 Ways to Continue Your Education – A Guide for Adult-Focused SLPs for more details and options like these.
Logistics for Transitioning from School to Medical
Once the psychological and professional development factors have been addressed, there are a few logistical issues to deal with. Assemble the following:
- A current state license to work as an SLP. Some school-based SLPs work under teaching certificates. If that is the case for you, you will need to apply for a state license. Provided you have your CCCs, there isn’t much to this.
- Proof of current ASHA certification. If you have let this lapse, there may be some continuing education requirements to address. Take care of this before job hunting.
- Current CPR certification.
- An updated resume and cover letter with a list of professional references. Make sure the cover letter puts a positive spin on your situation. Emphasize your interest in growing as a professional. Avoid any mention of “getting the %#*!@ out of Dodge.”
If you have been unable to find a job in a medical setting:
- Consider a position at a pediatric outpatient clinic. A peds facility is a great bridge from the school to medical setting because it enables you to work with a familiar age group while gaining working knowledge about issues more relevant to the medical field.
- Cold-call a hospital to inquire as to whether they’re looking for clinicians for weekend coverage. (They are.) These positions are designated PRN, a Latin abbreviation meaning “as needed,” and they are a great way to get your foot in the door. The hospital may provide you with shadowing or training opportunities to get you up to speed for your shifts. Then, when a position opens up, you will be the logical candidate.
- Check out Expand Your Scope to investigate mentoring opportunities with clinicians already established in the setting where you want to train.
There are so many different and exciting areas in which SLPs can work. Your career is a journey, not a destination. Take pleasure in the changing landscape, and be ever mindful to travel toward what excites you, not simply away from what scares you.