The job of a pharmacist is no longer just one where prescriptions are filled at your local drug store. Pharmacists are found in various settings including hospitals, insurance companies, online pharmacy stores, research and nursing homes. Positions vary from entry-level for new graduates to management level.
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Write your cover letter to a specific person, if possible. If the ad doesn't give a name, contact the hiring company or facility and ask for the name of the person to send your resume to.
Customize your cover letter to highlight your area of expertise and interest. In the first paragraph, clearly identify the position for which you are applying, and how you learned about the position.
State your licensure qualifications such as NAPLEX (North American Pharmacist Licensing Examination) and MPJE (Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination) as part of your introduction.
Write a paragraph that will capture the attention of the hiring personnel or pharmacist. Refer briefly to your education and experience and how it relates to the job opening. For instance, if you are applying for a pharmacy job in a large hospital, highlight any experience you have where you worked as a team player.
Include a statement that emphasizes your interest in taking on a challenge, if you're applying for a job in pharmaceutical research. You should show your ability to stay on task to finish a project.
Consider unrelated work as an asset if you're an intern. If you have worked at a job that required excellent people skills or problem-solving skills (such as waitress or customer service), make reference to how this experience can benefit your career in talking to patients about their medications.
Make a transition from one pharmacy setting to another. If you are changing pharmaceutical environments, such as going from a hospital setting to working as a pharmacist in a supermarket pharmacy, state how your experience can enhance your ability to assist those who will depend on you for advice about their medications.
Conclude your cover letter with a brief statement of what you can do to benefit the company. To do this, you must familiarize yourself with the working environment--geriatric pharmacy, nuclear pharmacy, research, hospital, government, drug store or online pharmacy.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure that your cover letter and resume have a professional appearance. Use the same stationery for both.
- Have someone else proof what you write in your cover letter. It's sometimes hard to catch a mistake in your own writing.