Pharmacist Cover Letter Examples

Updated May 5, 2021

Jobs for pharmacists are expected to decline by 3% from 2019 to 2029 due to more duties being performed by pharmacy technicians and robotic software. Projections show there will be 10,500 fewer pharmacist jobs over the next decade. Pharmacist’s roles are also changing, with more clinical and managerial responsibilities, so it’s important to distinguish yourself from other candidates. A compelling cover letter can help you stand out in a crowded job market.

If you need help strengthening your cover letter, start with our downloadable cover letter templates for experienced and entry-level pharmacists. You can also find examples of good and bad cover letters and tips on how to craft a pharmacist cover letter that demands attention.

Downloadable Cover Letter Examples

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Example #1 No Experience

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Example #2 2-3 Years

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Example #3 5-10 Years

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Example #4 10+ Years

Pharmacist Cover Letter Examples (Text Format)

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Charles Goodman
Pharmacist | [email protected] | (801) 123-0000 | 321 Jasper Cove Blvd., Ogden, UT 84201

January 1, 2021

Dr. Janice Clayton
Pharmacist-in-Charge
Ogden Town Pharmacy
[email protected]

Dear Dr. Clayton,

Watching my younger brother successfully battle cancer 10 years ago, I discovered how medication can bring hope and improve a person’s quality of life. I’ve just completed my pharmaceutical studies and would love to serve our community along with Ogden Town Pharmacy as an entry-level Staff Pharmacist.

While pursuing my pharmacy degree at Utah State University, I gained a strong foundation in pharmacy best practices, prescription processing, and medication pharmacology. My exemplary academic experience included:

  • Mentoring fellow pharmacy students for academic and emotional support through the Pharmacy Club
  • Being commended by my professors for my solid mathematical skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Earning a 3.6 GPA after completing a four-week clinical externship at Walgreens Pharmacy

I can provide further examples of my passion for pharmacology and dedication to teamwork and excellent customer care. Please contact me to set up an interview at your earliest convenience to discuss how I can contribute to your pharmacy’s ongoing success in our community.

Regards,
Charles Goodman, Pharm.D.

P.S. I’m eager to tell you about my involvement with an elite student team lab project with Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Company.

Karina Sargent
Community Pharmacist | [email protected] | (345) 678-9012 | 321 Main Boulevard, Fayetteville, AR 09876

March 11, 2021

Jameel Taylor
Senior Hiring Manager
CVS Health
(234) 567-8901
[email protected]

Dear Mr. Taylor,

Last year, I devised and delivered a community outreach initiative to help local residents with diabetes manage their conditions through healthy lifestyle choices. The project decreased hospitalizations due to uncontrolled blood sugar levels in participants by 34%. I hope to leverage my aptitude for patient education to empower service users at CVS Health.

I understand that you are looking for a knowledgeable individual with a talent for leadership and the determination to positively impact communities through high-quality health care. As a passionate professional with more than two years’ experience as a community pharmacist, I believe I have the attributes to excel in this position. My recent achievements include:

  • Assisting with recruiting three new pharmacy assistants and providing training to improve their clinical and technical knowledge
  • Reorganizing workflow systems to improve prescription preparation efficiency by 65% without compromising accuracy
  • Receiving thanks from a parent for recognizing the signs of sepsis in their child when they visited for advice, resulting in prompt intervention and a full recovery

Please feel free to contact me to arrange a suitable interview time. I look forward to exploring how my attention to detail and outstanding clinical knowledge can help your patients in 2021.

Sincerely,
Karina Sargent, Pharm.D.

P.S. I would love to tell you why I was shortlisted for a Next Generation Future Pharmacist Award in 2018 for my academic achievements and patient advocacy.

James Logan
Pharmacist | [email protected] | (123) 456-7890 | 123 Main Street, Tampa, FL 12345

January 01, 2021

Jessica White
Hiring Manager
Walgreens Central Tampa
(987) 654-3210
[email protected]

Dear Ms. White,

As a pharmacist at CVS, I guided my team to retain a 98% customer satisfaction rating for the last five years. Maintaining such a high customer rating was a difficult job that required dedication and a drive to provide the best possible experience for every customer.

I noticed that you are looking to improve customer relations at Walgreens Central Tampa, and I believe that I am the perfect addition to your pharmaceutical team. I have over eight years of experience in the industry in some of the busiest pharmacies in Tampa.

Some of my proudest career achievements include:

  • Process over 35,000 prescriptions each month with 97% accuracy for the past five years and zero harmful errors
  • Raised customer retention by 22% by training pharmacists in proper customer relations
  • Trained, mentored, and supervised 15 new pharmaceutical technicians.

I would love to discuss the ways in which I could improve customer relations at Walgreens. Please, feel free to contact me with a time and date that would suit your schedule.

Kind regards,
James Logan, Pharm.D.

P.S. I would love to tell you about the analysis procedure I implemented that caught multiple prescription errors and increased customer satisfaction.

Tia Murray
Senior Pharmacist | [email protected] | (876) 543-2109 | 432 Second Road, Des Moines, IA 32109

March 15, 2021

Aleksandra Riley
Senior Hiring Manager
Hy-Vee
(876) 543-2109
[email protected]

Dear Ms. Riley,

My most significant achievement of 2020 was planning and delivering a patient education initiative to increase awareness of safe medication usage during pregnancy. This project reduced adverse incidents by 45% over five months. I hope to demonstrate the same flair for community engagement as a Senior Pharmacist at Hy-Vee.

I know that you are looking for a seasoned community pharmacist with the ability to lead a large team to deliver outstanding patient care. I believe that my 14+ years of experience and strong links with the local community make me the ideal candidate. My recent achievements include:

  • Acting as a preceptor to five student pharmacists in the last two years, one of whom became a permanent staff member following their graduation
  • Providing ongoing training for pharmacy technicians, leading to a productivity increase of 43% and error reduction of 76%
  • Leading my team to provide the highest standards of patient care and service, earning a 99% patient satisfaction rating in 2020

I would relish the opportunity to explore how my extensive clinical knowledge and inspirational leadership can help Hy-Vee serve the Des Moines community. I am available for an interview whenever is convenient for you.

Sincerely,
Tia Murray, Pharm.D.

P.S. I would love to explain why I received an APhA Community Pharmacy Residency Excellent in Precepting Award in 2018.

Pharmacist Cover Letter Checklist

A compelling pharmacist cover letter contains five main elements:

1. Heading. This is where you put essential information, including your name, title, and contact details. You should also state the addressee’s details and the date you wrote the letter. A professional template will ensure the information is clear.

2. Salutation. Use the hiring manager’s name to greet them, using Mr. or Ms. and their last name. If you can’t find their name, “Dear Hiring Manager” is the best option.

3. Introduction. Capture the hiring manager’s attention with an opening paragraph where you introduce yourself and express your interest in the position.

4. Body paragraphs. Two body paragraphs detailing your professional experience and skills make up the bulk of your cover letter. Make sure you only include accomplishments that are relevant to the position and consider using a bulleted list to break up blocks of text.

5. Closing section. Your closing paragraph should encourage the hiring manager to invite you for an interview. Add a postscript that highlights one final achievement to help leave a lasting impression.

Introduction

Your opening paragraph needs to capture attention and convince the hiring manager to keep reading. It should also express your interest in the job. The best way to do this is to build your introduction around one of your top accomplishments. Choose an achievement that’s quantifiable and relevant to the position. This isn’t the place to recite generic facts, such as your level of education or years of experience; that information should be easily found in your resume.

Good


One of my greatest achievements as a pharmacist was overhauling the pharmacy automation system, which saved time and reduced medication errors by 82%. I hope to bring similar results to RB Pharmacies as a pharmacist.

Bad


I’m writing to express my interest in the pharmacist position you recently advertised. I have a doctorate of pharmacy from Purdue University and am well-qualified for the position.

Body Paragraphs

Begin the body of your cover letter by expressing interest in the position. This should be more detailed than what you mentioned in the opening paragraph. Be specific about why you want the job and what you admire about the organization that’s hiring.

Next, detail your relevant career accomplishments. Choose examples that are quantifiable and demonstrate how you can bring success to the position. The job description can give you an idea of the skills and experience the hiring manager is looking for. Use educational degrees, promotions, or successful projects, but make sure each accomplishment has a positive outcome that demonstrates your skills and success.

Good


With two promotions during my 11 years as a pharmacist, I’m drawn to RB Pharmacies stellar reputation for customer care. RB’s focus on providing quality advice and service that improves the health of clients is a perfect match for my solutions-focused style of work.

 

I’m eager to help the RB Pharmacies team deliver improved health outcomes. My past successes include:

  • Introducing a vaccination program that helped protect neighborhood children and expanded the customer base by 67%
  • Providing compassionate and helpful advice to all patients, leading to a 35% increase in repeat customers and growth of word-of-mouth recommendations
  • Improving the inventory management system to reduce waste, resulting in $15,000 in annual savings

Bad


You mention in the job description that you require someone with at least 10 years of experience as a pharmacist. I have been working as a pharmacist for 11 years and would love the opportunity to work for RB Pharmacies.

 

My current responsibilities include:

  • Communicating with customers regarding their medication
  • Performing medication intake of stock deliveries
  • Processing large prescription batches for health facilities

Closing

Your closing paragraph needs to encourage the hiring manager to take the next step. Be explicit and ask them to schedule an interview. You’ve wasted an opportunity if you just thank them for their time and attention.

Adding a postscript is a clever strategy for highlighting one final achievement. It draws the eye and can help leave a lasting impression. This is also a good place to feature an accomplishment that’s not strictly work-related. As long as it’s relevant to the job, you can mention an award or volunteer work in your postscript.

Good


I’d like the opportunity to discuss how my skills and work experience can help RB Pharmacies continue providing quality customer care. Please don’t hesitate to contact me to schedule an interview time that works for you.

 

Best regards,

Isaiah Jefferson, PharmD

 

P.S. I’d love to tell you about my sabbatical, which I spent providing cholera vaccinations in Zimbabwe with Doctors Without Borders.

Bad


Thank you for the opportunity to apply for this position. If I can provide any further information to support my application, please feel free to contact me.

 

Regards,

Isaiah Jefferson