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 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 being 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 responsiblities and being 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 a 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 task at once. I am not restricted to any working pattern and have had experience of doing some night shifts as well as day time 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.