What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?

Senior Technical Recruiter, Indeed
J. Palmer

I’m an experienced recruiter and I’ve been a hiring manager, too. I’ve seen the same mistakes again and again throughout my career. But if you take a little extra time to avoid these common problems, your cover letter should really stand out!

Remember these four questions to help you write a successful cover letter and get hired:

  • Why do you want to work for the company? What interests you about them?
    • Talk about how your personality and skills align with what they do
  • Why are you a good fit for this company and the job?
    • Write about how your past work, life experiences and skills meet the important requirements of the job
  • How are you personalizing this cover letter sample?
    • Tailor your cover letter to the job you’re applying for
    • Address the cover letter to whoever will be reading it. If you don’t know who will be reading it, you can address it as “To the Hiring Committee” or “To the Hiring Manager”
  • Have you proofread your cover letter?
    • Make sure to check for correct spelling and grammar before sending out your cover letter!
September 17, 2019

[Your Name]

Dear Ms. Mitchell,

Thank you for the opportunity to apply for the pharmaceutical sales position at XYZ Solutions.

As you will note from my enclosed resume, I hold a Bachelor's degree in Sales & Marketing and have three years of experience as an office machinery sales representative.

During my tenure at ABC Solutions as a sales representative, I was able to work very closely to pharmaceutical sales representatives in which I became very familiar with their line of work. Though I have not had the opportunity to work within this field specifically, I am confident I have the necessary communication, negotiation and sales skills needed to thrive in this role.

Past supervisors have commended me on my ability to swiftly connect with new and existing clients leading to a rise in sales. I'm aware you may be interested in someone who has previous experience in this field, however, I hope you will consider my candidacy. I know that my passion, drive, and ability to quickly learn diverse skills and products will make me an asset to your sales team.

In closing, I am thrilled at the possibility and would love the opportunity to meet with you and discuss the value I can bring to XYZ Solutions as a pharmaceutical sales representative.

I appreciate your time and consideration and look forward to speaking with you soon!

[Your Name]

[Phone Number]

How to write a pharmaceutical sales cover letter?

  • Include your full name and contact information at the top of your cover letter
  • Start the cover letter by respectfully addressing the recipient by name
  • Mention where you found the job posting and your interest in the opportunity
  • Use the first paragraph to explain why you would be a great hire as the pharmaceutical sales
  • Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
  • Thank the reader and express interest in discussing the role in more detail
  • End the cover letter with a professional sign-off and your full name
  • Your cover letter should be one-page or or less in length