Where once pharmacists worked mainly at local pharmacies, now pharmaceutical job openings can be found in hospitals, research laboratories, online pharmacies, and even nursing homes all with varying levels of experience and education required. A good cover letter is your ticket to getting your foot in the door in these pharmaceutical jobs.
1. First, make sure that the stationary, formatting and any logos or artwork used in your cover letter matches what you will be using in your resume.
2. Always be sure to proof read your work and, if possible, have another person read over it as well. Simple errors on your cover letter and resume just make you look bad when applying for a pharmaceutical job.
3. Address your cover letter to a specific person. Know the pharmaceutical job you are applying for. Look up the name of the person who will be hiring you or interviewing you and address the letter to them. If the ad you are responding to does not list a name, call the company and ask for it.
4. State which position you are applying for and how you heard about the pharmaceutical job opening.
5. If you are applying for entry level pharmaceutical jobs and have little prior experience in the field, be sure to highlight any non-pharmaceutical job experiences that you think may be helpful. Prior jobs in retail or restaurants often translate into customer service skills and might give you an edge in things like talking to patients.
6. End with a brief statement about how you believe your training and skills may be of service in the pharmaceutical job you are applying for.