Sample Cover Letter

Creating a cover letter as a young doctor of optometry

Cover letters can create or deter opportunities for interviews, which is an important step as a young doctor of optometry. The AOA offers some tips on how to compile the ideal cover letter for a doctor.

Carefully structure your cover letter. The first paragraph should state the reason for your letter, the specific position or type of work you desire and where you learned of the opportunity. In the second paragraph, indicate why you are interested in the position, and what you can offer. Point out your unique qualifications and the details of your educational or professional background that pertain specifically to this position.

In the third paragraph, refer the reader to your resume or any other application materials you are submitting. Use the fourth or final paragraph to request a personal interview, emphasizing your flexibility as to the time and place. Repeat your phone number and help in providing any additional information. Close the letter with a statement that encourages a response.

A sample cover letter for a new optometrist

May 12, 2018

Martin S. McKenzie, O.D.
Hilltown Eye Clinic
2323 N. Valley Drive
Morehouse, MO 63801

Dr. McKenzie:

Please accept this letter and the enclosed resume as my application for the position you advertised on Optometry’s Career Center®. The qualifications you list suggest that I may be the associate you are looking for.

Your ad indicates that your practice has a sports-vision specialty. During my four years in optometry school, I have participated in a variety of extra-curricular activities that focus on sports and sports vision services. My objective has been to acquire the skills and experience to become an excellent optometrist.

I welcome the opportunity to interview for this position and can be reached at 309.644.9766 to arrange one. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Steven H. Williamson, O.D.


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