A PHARMACEUTICAL SALES COVER LETTER
While seeking a career in pharmaceutical sales, it is important to realize that the resume
is very important but it is important to note that many pharmaceutical employers look at a
job applicant’s cover letter with more frequency. Thus, cover letters and other types of
job search letters can play a critical role in getting invited to a pharmaceutical sales
interview as well as offered a position. If an individual neglects these letters then they
will neglect some of the most important elements of their job search. The cover letter is
meant to compliment and enhance a pharmaceutical sales resume.
The cover letter is a special type of career search letter. By definition, it will always
accompany your pharmaceutical sales resume and will be targeted toward a particular
pharmaceutical company. We recommend a target cover letter. Each letter will provide
an enhancement to your enclosed pharmaceutical sales resume.
THE TARGETED COVER LETTER
The targeted cover letter is the most widely used career search letter. It is addressed to a
specific individual and is in reference to a particular position which may or many not be
vacant. It typically is written to a response to an internet ad or vacancy announcement or
sent to a company that the candidate is interested in working for.
A targeted cover letter should be specific and oriented toward the needs of the
pharmaceutical employer. The content of this letter should reflect as much knowledge of
the pharmaceutical employer and sales position as possible. It is important to emphasize
your skills that appear most compatible with the needs of the employer and requirements
of the sales position. In the letter, you should tell the employer why they should take
time to talk with you by telephone or meet you in person to further discuss your
qualifications as they relate to pharmaceutical sales. The letter should communicate both
professional and personal qualities about you and should state that you are also a
competent and outgoing individual.
If possible, always try to address the cover letter to a specific person, by name and their
title. A proper salutation should begin with Mr., Mrs., or Ms. If you not sure whether
you are writing to a male or female then use their full name, “Dear Pat Smith” or “Dear
C. J. White.” Many of the pharmaceutical sales vacancies you may find will include only
an address. If you are not able to determine whom to address your cover letter to, use one
of the following choices: