A pharmacist cover letter is an important part of the total application package which would also include a rйsumй, reference letter and any other information the employer requests. All education, internships, training programs and any practical experience gained should be mentioned in the letter. The letter should be articulately written with impeccable grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure. It is wise to research each company to which you are submitting an application and relate your specific skill set to the mission statement of the company. Here are some pharmacist cover letter samples that you can use to create your own letter.
Example 1 – Target to Company
This pharmacist cover letter example is from an individual who works for a large pharmacy chain in a busy urban area. He would like to transition to a smaller community pharmacy closer to the suburban area where he lives now that he and his wife have had a new baby.
Dear Mr. Wells:
My name is Christopher Day and I am currently one of the second shift pharmacists at ABC Discount Drugs – Midtown branch. I have been working here at ABC for the past 3 years since I graduated from pharmacy college and passed my state boards. I enjoy my job in midtown but I live here in Grayson which leaves me with a 90 minute commute to work each way every day. Now that my wife and I have a child, I would like to find a position as a pharmacist closer to home.
I have always been impressed with the level of customer service offered at XYZ Pharmacy and would consider it a great privilege to work there. I place a high value on being able to spend ample time with all customers who have questions or concerns regarding their prescription medications. I believe it is particularly important for a pharmacist to make sure that elderly patients thoroughly understand proper dosages and potential side effects.
I am skilled at creating an environment that fosters teamwork in the pharmacy. I strive to motivate and encourage each pharmacy technician, cashier and all other members of the pharmacy team to take ownership of the organization and realize the important impact they can have on the customers, many of whom are seriously ill.I have a clear understanding of how insurance coverage works from Medicare Part D to other commercial insurance plans, and I am able to train pharmacy employees so that all claims are properly filed and self pay balances are collected from customers.
I hope you will consider my resume and qualifications when you are in need of a pharmacist at your Grayson store or one of the other locations in the area. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the XYZ Pharmacy team. I am available to come to your office for an interview at your convenience. Please feel free to contact me on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or via email at [email]
Example 2 -Unadvertised Opening
This pharmacist cover letter example is from an individual who just graduated from pharmacy school and passed her state boards. She is applying for a position as a pharmacist at a number of different drug stores including the one where she did an internship her last year of graduate school.
Dear Ms. French:
My name is Sara Bradley and I just graduated with honors from XYZ University Pharmacy School where I also earned my Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. I am applying for a job as a pharmacist and am willing and able to work at any of the ABC Neighborhood Pharmacy locations in the metropolitan area. I participated in an internship at your 10th Street location during my last year of Pharmacy School, and along with my resume, I have attached a letter of reference from Angela Costa, the head pharmacist at the ABC 10th Street store.
As you know, some of the ABC Neighborhood Pharmacies, including the 10th Street location, are compounding pharmacies. I learned a great deal from Ms. Costa about safely mixing ingredients to make medications for patients. I also learned a lot about the over-the-counter medications available for customers and how to determinewhich ones should be used for various health conditions. I also talked to patients about the impact of proper diet and adequate exercise on their health conditions.
During the internship I also learned how to maintain up-to-date, accurate and confidential records for customers, and I was trained on the company’s computer system as well. Ms. Costa taught me how to monitor the inventory of drugs, pill bottles and related supplies and determine when new products needed to be ordered. I also learned about ethics and privacy laws concerning verbal exchanges with customers.
I hope you will consider my qualifications and my familiarity with ABC Neighborhood Pharmacies when you have an opening for a pharmacist at one of your metropolitan locations. Please feel free to contact me should you have questions or wish to schedule an interview. I can be reached on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or via email at [email]
Sara K. Bradley
Example 3 – Response to Job Postings and Classifieds Ads
This pharmacist cover letter example is from an individual who has been working the night shift at a pharmacy for several years. He is responding to a job ad for a position on the day shift at another drug store.He is experienced with every aspect of running a pharmacy.
Dear Human Resources Director:
My name is Dan Harrison and I have been the night shift pharmacist at XYZ Pharmacy for the past 3 years. I am responding to your ad in the Boston Globe for a day shift pharmacist at the ABC Pharmacy downtown location. I have extensive experience handling and compounding medications, verifying dosages with doctors, filling prescriptions and overseeing the filing of insurance claims.
Your ad calls for a pharmacist who can ensure all drugs and dosages are accurate for customers’ prescriptions; serve as a mentor for pharmacy students; regulate the supply of narcotic drugs, non-narcotic prescriptions medications and over-the-counter remedies, educate customers as to the proper dosages and methods of taking their medications as well as potential side effects andensure that deliveries are made in a timely manner.
I am accustomed to working in a fast-paced, high pressure environment filling prescriptions quickly and accurately for customers who often are sick or have sick children waiting for the medications. I am detail oriented, have strong organizational skills and am an effective time manager and multi-tasker. Providing superior customer service is a top priority for me and I do my best to keep customer wait times to a minimum.
Offering extra services to customers is something that I believe is important. My staff and I conduct blood pressure checks, cholesterol and osteoporosis screenings, immunizations and diabetes counseling. I also talk with physicians from time to time offering advice on effective medication management. On a few occasions I have had to alert physicians to patients who may have developed addictions to certain medication.
Attached is my resume and one of your company’s applications for employment. I hope that you will consider my qualifications when you are selecting a new pharmacist. I can be reached on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or via email at [email]