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How to Write a Cover Letter for Pharmacy Technician

  • May 14, 2021
  • RPh on the Go

A cover letter is your chance to make a good first impression on potential employers. It is the first thing they’ll see before even looking at your resume and gives them an idea of whether or not they’re interested in hiring you. A well-written cover letter gets you noticed, but the thought of putting one together can be overwhelming. Here are the main things you should remember when composing your pharmacy technician cover letter.

What Does a Good Cover Letter Include?

Every cover letter contains the same general information but is tailored to the job you’re seeking. The main goals of your cover letter are:

  • To highlight your experience and qualifications
  • To indicate the specific job requirements you meet
  • To explain why you’re the best candidate for the position

There are seven parts to a cover letter. The point of your cover letter is to get your strengths across to your potential employer, but there are a few key elements that every cover letter needs. They are:

  1. Header
    The header is the section that includes all your contact information. Try to stick with the same format you use on your resume, and include your name, email address, home address, and telephone number, each on a separate line. Having all this information readily available makes it easy for the hiring manager to get in touch
  2. Greeting
    The greeting should be addressed to a specific person if you know the name of the person who is going to be looking at your resume. If their name is not available, you can use something simple, like “Dear Hiring Manager”. Keep it short and professional.
  3. Introduction
    The introduction makes up the first paragraph of your cover letter and should cover basic details about you and why you think you’re a good fit for the job. In this section, you should include the job that you’re applying for and a general statement about why they should consider you for the position. If you were referred by another employee, mention them by name in this section.
  4. Qualifications
    The second paragraph of the body should focus on your experience and qualifications. Provide details about what you included on your resume and explain how they tailor specifically to the job you’re applying for. You can add a personal anecdote about a relevant situation to engage the hiring manager and demonstrate your work ethic, how you problem solve, or anything that shows what a valuable member of the team you will be.
  5. Goals and Values
    This section is where you show that you’ve done your research about the company and its mission and values. Explain how your goals align with the company’s goals and how you will bring a positive attitude while helping the team reach relevant goals.
  6. Call to Action
    The last paragraph should sum up your interest in the position and encourage the hiring manager to take the steps. Thank them for reading and express that you look forward to hearing from them about scheduling an interview or that you can’t wait to learn more about the position.
  7. Closing
    Use a simple and professional closing and sign the letter with your full name.

Pharmacy Technician Cover Letter

Now that you know the basics, how do you apply them to a pharmacy tech cover letter? Here are some examples:

Example 1:

Your Name
123 Street, Any City, USA 12345
Cell: (123)  456-7890
hello@exampleemail.com

Dear Hiring Manager,

I am interested in the pharmacy technician job at ABC Pharmacy. I have recently obtained my certification and am interested in working for a small family pharmacy.

I have a strong work ethic and am driven to help others, and my education has given me the skills I need to thrive in this position. I have previous work experience as a pharmacy clerk at a high volume retail pharmacy and learned a lot while helping patients in a fast-paced environment.

Although I loved being busy, I found that I am drawn toward the individualized care of a smaller family-owned pharmacy where I will have time to focus on my patients and the quality of their service.

I know that I would be a great addition to ABC Pharmacy. I’m ready to begin working right away and am eager to prove that I have what it takes to help your team succeed.

I look forward to hearing from you about scheduling an interview soon.

Thank you for your time,

Name

Example 2:

Your Name
123 Street, Any City, USA 12345
Cell: (123) 456-7890
hello@exampleemail.com

Dear Hiring Manager,

I am reaching out to you to express my interest in the open pharmacy technician position at CVS. I received my certification six years ago. Since that time, I have been working as a pharmacy technician at ABC Pharmacy.

I am highly skilled and a good fit for this position as I have years of experience preparing medication, providing customer services, and dealing with insurance companies. My attached resume highlights my qualifications and accomplishments, including my PTCB board certification and reliable work performance.

My time at CVS taught me a lot, but I am very interested in working for a small, family-owned pharmacy because I enjoy the opportunity to get to know patients and customers and deliver personalized care.

I look forward to your response and hope to discuss more about this opportunity soon. I will call you to follow up next week but feel free to contact me if you need more information or would like to schedule an interview.

Thank you for your consideration,

Name

Pharmacy Technician Cover Letter Sample – No Experience

If you’ve just got your license and/certification and do not have any experience, writing a cover letter can seem overwhelming, but it’s much easier when you have an idea of where to start. Here are two examples of how to approach this:

Example 1:

Your Name
123 Street, Any City, USA 12345
Cell: (123)  456-7890
hello@exampleemail.com

Dear Mr. Smith,

I was very excited to see the pharmacy tech opening at Walgreens. I have recently completed and obtained my certification. I am anxious to get into the workforce and am prepared to contribute to your pharmacy with knowledge and enthusiasm.

I am familiar with performing relevant tasks, like managing inventory and maintaining patient privacy, and I am a hard worker who is great at communication and organization.

The enclosed resume highlights my qualifications, including complying with pharmacy regulations, helping to ensure day-to-day operations run smoothly, and interacting with patients and staff in a friendly and professional manner.

I am confident that I have what it takes to excel in this position and look forward to discussing this with you further if you’d like to schedule an interview.

Sincerely,

Name

Example 2:

Your Name
123 Street, Any City, USA 12345
Cell: (123)  456-7890
hello@exampleemail.com

Dear Mrs. Connor,

I am interested in the pharmacy technician opening at CVS. I recently completed my PTCB Certification. John Smith, who works as a pharmacist at CVS, suggested I apply for this position.

I am well-acquainted with the fundamentals of being a pharmacy technician and hope that I can put my skills to use in this role.

I am confident that I could continue to improve my skills at CVS and help you meet your goals by making connections with patients and leading them down the path to better health.

I look forward to discussing this opportunity in more detail. I’ll follow up with you next week, but please get in touch if you’d like to plan a time for an interview.

Thank you for your time,

Name

Cover Letter for Hospital Pharmacy Technician

The biggest difference between a pharmacy technician and a hospital pharmacy technician is the patients. In a stand-alone pharmacy, you’re mostly interacting with people who are there to pick up their regular prescription medication.

In a hospital pharmacy, you are helping the pharmacist prepare medication for sick patients in the hospital. This role is more specialized, and most required experience. New graduates or those who have just received their certification might find it difficult to get hired directly into a hospital.

If you’re looking for a job in a hospital pharmacy, here is an example cover letter to get you started:

Your Name
123 Street, Any City, USA 12345
Cell: (123)  456-7890
hello@exampleemail.com

Dear Ms. Connor,

I was excited to see the open position for a pharmacy technician at General Hospital and am confident that I can meet the qualifications of the job. I completed my PTCB before spending the last five years working in the pharmacy at City Pharmacy.

I am confident that I have the skills required for this position and excel in preparing medication, compounding solutions, processing prescriptions, and interacting with customers. Also, I have an excellent work ethic and communication skills and am ready to do what it takes to excel in your pharmacy.

I look forward to discussing this opportunity more with you and will follow up in one week’s tie.

Thank you for your consideration,

Name

If you’re looking for a job as a pharmacy tech, there are many positions available. You can count on the RPh on the Go team to secure the best opportunity for your career.

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