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Pharmacy Cover Letters

Pharmacist Cover Letter Sample 1:

I would like to thank you for taking the time to consider my interest in becoming a valuable asset as a pharmacist for your company. This position would offer positive personal career advancement and a great working atmosphere, inspiring me to keep striving for professional excellence and total customer satisfaction.

When you review my enclosed resume you will find that I possess over 25 years of experience in busy retail and clinical environments, with an active license in the state of Florida. Throughout my career I have held positions as a Pharmacist, Assistant Pharmacy Manager and Pharmacy Manager. I have encountered and overcome challenges with inventory, controlled substance inventory, record management, and physician order review. I have always persevered to streamline, organize and refine day-to-day functions for accuracy, quality, compliance and patient satisfaction. I recognize personality, presentation, professionalism and a true caring interest in patients are critical to the long-term success of a pharmacist.

These integral strengths are the standards that I consistently have embraced during my career, and are just one reason I would be a true asset to your pharmacy team and the community. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Pharmacist Cover Letter Sample 2:

I am writing to express my sincere interest in the pharmacist position posted on your company website.

As a very clinically driven pharmacist, I always consider the entire patient, their medical history, and medications as a collective picture. Several of my colleagues have referred to me as being a very thorough and detail-oriented pharmacist. As a clinical staff pharmacist at Cape Fear Valley Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in North Carolina, I rotated through the cancer center, NICU, PICU, CICU, SICU, MICU, cardiac units, emergency department, rehabilitation facility, telemetry units, central pharmacy, and IV room. My ability to work well with a variety of coworkers and adapt quickly to change allowed me to be successful in such a dynamic position. I was also responsible for training new pharmacists. My leadership skills will allow me to serve as an effective pharmacist for your organization.

After returning to the RTP area, I transitioned to community pharmacy to gain more experience in the provision of direct patient care services such as medication therapy management and immunization services. I will bring skills from two different fields of pharmacy to your program.

Due to my previous pharmacy experience, I feel that I am a highly qualified candidate for this position. I will bring a high degree of professionalism and efficiency to this position, and I have a sincere passion for providing excellent patient care. I am a very compassionate, caring person, and I would be honored to serve patients and providers for your company.

Thank you for your time and consideration. Please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Pharmacist Cover Letter Sample 3:

I am an experienced clinical pharmacist in search of pharmacy practice opportunities that promote positive patient outcomes and encourage professional development. I saw your pharmacist opening on your company website and it seemed like a perfect fit for what I am looking for.

I received my formal training from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University where I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Pharmacy (BSPharm). In 2003, from Troy State University I received a Master’s of Science in Management (MSM). Seeing the development of Pharmacy over the years I felt a need for advancement. In 2004, from Florida A & M’€™s ExDoc program I obtained my Pharm D. Since then I have also become a Consultant Pharmacist in 2006 and most recently obtained certificate training and education in Medication Therapy Management (MTM). I am a clinical pharmacist, self-motivated, self-managing professional with the ability to communicate effectively.

Having practiced in several areas of pharmacy, I feel as though I am a great asset to the clinical pharmacist implementation team. Communication skills including verbal and written are essential to the success of an individual and to support the mission of the organization. Having a rapport with colleagues is a must and my clinical background allows me to effectively communicate with physicians and as well as other members of the health care team. I am no stranger to pharmacy practice including but not limited to: clinical pharmacy practice, retail pharmacy practice, community and clinic consultant pharmacy practice, health educator, consultant speaker, medication dispensing, medication therapy monitoring, supervisory functions, unit dose drug delivery, AS400, DocuTrack, QS1, Pyxis Systems, Accudose, Meditech, PDX, bar-code verification, IV admixture, pharmacokinetics, critical care, acute care, emergency care as well as central and decentralized pharmacy services within the health care center.

I’€™ve enclosed my resume, which further explains my past positions. I’m excited about pharmacy and I’d welcome the opportunity to demonstrate these qualities in person. Thank you for time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Pharmacist Cover Letter Sample 4:

Let me begin by stating my sincere thanks for this opportunity and for considering my interest in joining your company as one of your pharmacists. In addition to being an asset that contributes to the value of your organization, this position personally grants me an opportunity to advance my career in this prestigious field.

Attached to this letter is my resume, it details decades of experience that I’ve gained while working in this field, including in the state of California where I still hold an active license. This includes time working in both clinical and retail settings, partnering with other professionals in the field and meeting the diverse needs of a demanding clientele. This meant I was expected to regularly manage inventory of a variety of substances and medications, assume the role of record keeper, and review correspondences and orders from physicians of disparate disciplines. These were just a few of the duties I readily undertook at several companies while working in the capacity of a Pharmacist, Assistant Pharmacy Manager, and Pharmacy Manager over the course of my career.

Regardless of where I worked or what role commanded my attention for the day, I had consistently made it a personal goal to strive for a streamlined method of processing orders, which has made organizing professional functions of myself and my staff a daily requirement. This has proved to be a combination for complying with regulations while also exceeding customer satisfaction. In regards to those I’ve interacted with on a daily basis, I’ve found that I’ve learned to recognize the different personality types of my client base over the years, understanding what types of presentation work best in retaining their attention. This has made professionalism more than just a job requirement but a personal attribute I have refined in taking a vested interest in the care of patients that have come in seek of my expertise.

The strengths that I have relied upon for the many years I have spent in this field have set a personal standard that I’ve worked rigorously to maintain. This has made me embrace a view of my field as one that requires a level of dedication that I believe would be an asset to your company and the many people it serves.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my candidacy for this position.

Do I really need to write a cover letter? In my role as a pharmacy recruiter and career coach, I am often asked whether a cover letter is a necessary accompaniment to a CV as part of a job application. Some people believe that cover letters just repeat information from their CVs — others are concerned that recruiters never even read them. However, if you can write a cover letter that explains why you are the right candidate for the job you want, you can ensure that your application stands out for the right reasons.

Cover letters — what’s the point?

Traditionally, you would send a CV and cover letter by post in response to a job application or as a speculative approach. Your cover letter would introduce you in a professional sense, explain why you were applying for the position and provide some evidence of your competency for the role.

Nowadays, applications are less frequently sent by post — they are usually emailed or completed online. Despite this, presenting a professional cover letter is still part of the established protocol. If you are responding to a job advertisement in today’s competitive pharmacy jobs market, it is likely you will be one of many applicants (sometimes one of hundreds). Therefore, you need to do everything you can to ensure your application stands out, which includes an excellent cover letter.

Before you start writing your CV and cover letter, you need to ask yourself: “What would the hiring manager want to see in the application?”

One way to find out is to simply call and ask the hiring manager or recruiter exactly what they would like to see. A recent survey of US employers by Saddleback College in America has shown that they can have differing views on whether a cover letter is important, how long it should be and what information it should contain. By asking the employer directly, you can find out their specific views and tailor your cover letter accordingly.

Laying out your letter

There are no set rules for your cover letter, but a good structure is important. The cover letter is telling a story about you and, like all good stories, it should have a beginning, middle and end.

The beginning

If the application is being posted then use a standard letter format, with your own address and date on the right and the organisation’s contact name and address on the left. For email applications, put your cover letter in the main body of the email and add your CV as an attachment. Your cover letter can be ignored more easily if you attach it as a separate document.

You should always try to address your cover letter to a specific person when possible. This will be easier if you have already called the hiring manager. Research by Forum3 (now called Charity People), a not-for-profit recruitment company for the third sector, suggests you are 10–15% more likely to receive a reply if you address your application to a person and 5% more likely to get an interview[1]. If you do not know the name of the person, then use a professional address such as “Dear Sir or Madam”.

Immediately after addressing the reader, you should state the purpose of the application, so that the reader can quickly understand the reason for the email. For example, “Reference: Application for Band 6 hospital pharmacist role”. This could also be included as the subject line of the email.

The first paragraph should describe what your current professional situation is and why you are applying for the position. This paragraph should also include any research you have done into the role or organisation, including anyone you have spoken to, any site visits you have undertaken and the name of anyone who may have referred you. If you have taken the time to research the organisation and the role, this could be a key differentiator for your application. However, you should avoid making generic statements, such as “I want to join your esteemed company”. Make sure anything you say about an organisation is relevant to them and based on the research you have undertaken.

The middle

Your cover letter should demonstrate to the reader that you have the key skills and experience relevant to the particular role. You can do this by providing specific examples, tailored to the requirements listed in the job description, of when you have demonstrated these from your own experience to date. Choose three or four of these relevant examples that each tell a story about your skills, experience or traits and provided a positive outcome for the stakeholders involved in the situation.

These examples could come from any part of your life, as long as they are relevant. Newly qualified pharmacists will likely use examples from their pharmacy placements, academia, part-time work and also extra-curricular activities, in order to demonstrate a range of skills. A more experienced pharmacist candidate would generally choose examples from their work history because it is the most relevant. However, sometimes it is appropriate to bring in other examples, such as voluntary work.

Always try to use an active voice when explaining your achievements, because this serves to make the reader feel that you were in control in these situations. Additionally, try to avoid making vague or generic statements that could apply to any applicant.

If an achievement is strong enough to be included in your cover letter, it should be repeated on your CV. Try not to repeat examples word-for-word on both documents — instead, try to interpret them differently. Sometimes, due to time constraints, the hiring manager may bypass your cover letter and go straight to your CV, which could mean they miss your best examples. In addition, repetition will serve to reinforce these key messages like a sales brochure would, which is, in essence, what your CV and cover letter are.

The end

In your final paragraph, thank the reader for taking the time to read your application and summarise why you feel you are a good fit for the role, based on your skills and experience. State how and when you can be contacted with regards to arranging an interview and then make sure you are available when you say you will be.

Sign off the letter professionally with “Yours sincerely” (to a specific person) or “Yours faithfully” (to an unnamed person), followed by your name.

Formatting your letter

In terms of format, a cover letter is usually written as a traditional letter, laid out in paragraphs. It is different to your CV, which is an abbreviated document that uses various techniques to draw the eye to the most important parts quickly and make the document as succinct as possible. In your cover letter, keep your language concise and purposeful. To achieve this, you may need to redraft your letter several times.

The grammar, spelling and formatting of your cover letter is just as important as the content of the document, so make sure it is perfect. Particularly, ensure you have spelt names and company names correctly and there are no typing errors. Research from student recruitment website StudentGems.com suggests half of employers discard job applications that contain spelling or formatting errors.

Choose a standard, well known and professional font, such as Arial, Verdana, Calibri, Times New Roman or Trebuchet. This will make the letter easier to read and will also support applicant tracking systems that may not be able to pick up lesser-known fonts. Keep your font size between 10 and 12 for ease of reading.

Through my own experience of recruiting pharmacists, I have observed that the standard of today’s pharmacy job applications is generally quite poor. If you spend time putting together a strong application, which includes an excellent cover letter, then it will stand out to an employer and increase your chances of securing the role.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal, 7 February 2015, Vol 294, No 7848, online | DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2015.20067660

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