How to write a Cover Letter

You may have a brilliant CV, but submitting a poor cover letter with your application can pretty much ruin your chances of getting that great clinical job.

Your cover letter can sometimes be the only opportunity you get to tell the employer exactly why your CV is worth a read and why YOU are the perfect person for that job.

Here are a few handy hints to ensure your cover letter stands out from the rest:

Research the company/pharmaceutical industry:

By doing your research you are actively demonstrating to the employer that you are serious about their job. During your research, it is a good idea to focus on the following:

  • Who are the organisation’s mission and values? Do you believe in it?
  • What are the organisation’s target market?
  • What is the history of the employer?

Analyse the job description:

Keep an eye out for the key competencies and experience necessary for the role – do you fit the criteria?

Personalise your cover letter:

It is vital that throughout the letter you align your accomplishments and achievements with the criteria of the job. You need to assure the reader that you are a great match!

Keep it brief and to the point:

Don’t extend the letter to more than 1 A4 page. Think about using bullet points and highlighting to make important points stand out.

Check, check and check again:

Submitting a cover letter that is littered with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors will ensure it goes straight in the bin. Use a spell checker AND get a trusted friend, or a CK Clinical consultant to check it over for you.

Not sure how to structure your cover letter? Here’s how…

    • Include your address in the top right-hand corner.
    • Address the reader: ‘Dear Mr/Mrs/Miss…’ Always address the letter to the decision maker in charge of the role.  If you are unsure who it is, the HR department will always help you.
    • Paragraph 1: Clearly state your intention to apply for the job, including any reference numbers the job has. If you are not applying for a specific job but simply inquiring if the company has any openings at present state why you would like to work for that company.
    • Paragraph 2: Outline your qualifications and experience and then match them to the requirements of the job you are applying for (these will be found in the job description). Go on to demonstrate your motivation and enthusiasm to help the company achieve their goals within the industry. This is where the research you conducted about the company will come in handy. Impress the employer and show off your research here!
    • Paragraph 3: It is a good idea to end with a positive statement in this paragraph. Then go on to direct the reader to your enclosed/attached CV and inform them of your availability for interview. Finally, thank the reader for their time, consideration and welcome them to get in touch to discuss the job in more detail.
    • Conclude with:
      • ‘Yours Sincerely’ – if you have addressed the letter to the named contact
      • ‘Yours Faithfully’ – if you have used ‘Dear Sir/Madam’
    • Sign your name

 

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