If you are looking to apply for a Care Assistant role then you will normally have previous Care Assistant experience. You could be applying for a role within an elderly care home, learning and development centre or a centre for people with a mental and or physical disability. Whichever environment you are most suited to you will need to be CRB checked and have a strong positive attitude as well as be physically fit for this demanding role.
Starting salaries for Care Assistants are between £12,000 and £16,000 a year.
Earnings will be higher if you have experience. More qualifications, extra responsibilities and being a specialist may increase your salary up to £21,000 a year.
If you have found a position to apply for, please see the below covering letter example which you could use:
Care Assistant Cover Letter
Mr. A. Employee
1, My House
1st July 2014
Mrs. A. Manager
Application for the role of Care Assistant
I am writing to apply for the role of Care Assistant which I have seen advertised in (where) and (when).
I have had previous experience of working in an elderly care home and enjoy the role of helping and assisting people unable to do everything for themselves. I am physically fit and have dealt with some challenging circumstances and some that have been very unpleasant but I am not deterred by this and like to do the best I can to provide support and help to the people who need it.
I have had a varied role from helping patients to get up in the morning to helping them with their meals, providing activities and stimulation for them including taking them out into the gardens for walks etc.
I communicate well with others and spend a lot of time interacting with people within the home and also visitors and relatives coming to see their family/patients. I am also very organised and work well doing a number of different tasks at once. I am not restricted to any working pattern and have had experience of doing some night shifts as well as daytime shifts.
I have enclosed my latest CV for you to look at and I am happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding my skills and experiences.
Thank you for taking the time to read my CV and I look forward to hearing from you.