A cover letter is the first thing a potential employer sees from you and could determine whether the rest of your resume or application is worth considering. All pharmacy technician cover letters, whether for an entry-level job or higher position, should be centred on what you can bring to the job. Customising each cover letter that you send out will help you to avoid the appearance of being non-selective with your job hunt.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Open a new document and begin with a header at the top left or centre of the page, including your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Double-space and type the date, the name of the hiring manager with the appropriate prefix, the name of the pharmacy, chemist, or company and its address.
Double-space again and type a formal greeting, such as "Dear Mr. or Mrs. Johnson." Double-space once more and begin your first paragraph by explaining who you are, that you are specifically interested in the pharmacy technician position and how you became aware of the position opening. If you have a personal or professional connection to someone with the company or pharmaceutical industry, make reference to them in this paragraph.
Enter a space and write the middle paragraph, in which you will give information on any experience and education you have, including formal technician training in pharmaceutical terminology or record-keeping, and PTCB or ICPT certifications. The main focus should be on the specific needs of the job description and how your abilities, accomplishments, skills and/or training prove that you are the right employee for the position.
Enter a space and type the closing paragraph. Express that you would like the opportunity to proceed further in the application process, usually with an interview over the phone or at the pharmacy, and thank the manager for his time and consideration. Enter a space and a formal closing, most typically "Sincerely," followed by a double-space and your name (printed). After printing, sign the cover letter above your printed name at the bottom.
Tips and warnings
- Proof read your cover letter to be sure it is in perfect form, fitting on one page with a standard font and size, and no spelling or major grammatical errors.
- Try to avoid overstating your qualifications or creating clutter with too much information, but also be sure to provide solid detail and more than just catchphrases such as "motivated worker" and "goal oriented."
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