Cover Letter Sample For Pharmaceutical Company

So, you’ve identified job postings in industry (or other sectors) that you want to apply for. How do you go about preparing your application materials?

Start by Reading and Analyzing a Job Description

Highlight and use key words from the job description to create a targeted resume and cover letter - and get noticed by the hiring manager and HR.  View these annotated samples to: 

  1. Tailor your application to a job description that is broad.
  2. Tailor your application to a job description that is very detailed and includes a lot of bullet points

Tailor Your CV/Resume

  1. Download slides from Bill's Lindstaedt's talk Job Hunting in Industry - Marketing Yourself With Your Resume
  2. Resume strategies for PhDs
  3. Spin a resume bullet point to highlight different soft skills
  4. A series of articles about writing a winning industry resume

Sample Resumes

Note: Please do not copy the text verbatim. It is unethical and unwise, as several employers recognize our samples. Instead, for extra help, please schedule an appointment for an in-person, Skype or email review.

  • These samples have been generously donated by UCSF students, postdocs, and alumni to offer you ideas about how to present your own skills and experiences. We make no claims that they are perfect, but we offer them as useful examples. 
  • Notice that section headings and descriptive language are different from academic CV’s.​
  • Take a look at all the samples to get an idea of different formats, even if you are targeting a specific career path.



Sample cover letters
Notice that the documents are shorter and less formal than academic cover letters.



Next Steps

Are you clear on the strategies you'll need to put together an effective application package?

If so, go to the next step: Interviewing for Jobs Outside Academia. Learn how to find out what's expected and prepare for the interview.

Bonnie Porter

123 Main Street, Stateland, ST, 99999

Home: (555) 123-9876 – Cell: (555) 123-9876 –

Apr 17, 2013

RE: Pharmacology and Pharmaceuticals, Apr 17, 2013

Dear [First Name] [Last Name],Dear Recruiter,

Your willingness to take time out of your busy day on [day] to meet with me is greatly appreciated. I really enjoyed speaking with you about the [job title] position.The depth of experience I can offer will contribute to your leading industry position. I'd love the opportunity to help take [company name] to the top of the field.

As a mentioned during our discussion, I have a strong background in [enter most relevant area of experience]. After meeting with you and learning about [company name]'s future projects, I am confident that my [enter skill #1] and [enter skill #2] will be a great help to your team.My previous experience working as [Job Title] for [Company Name], gave me [enter type of relevant experience] experience. I have an excellent track record of [enter major job accomplishments]. My expertise in [enter other relevant skills] make me a great addition to your team.Here are some of my professional highlights:

[Enter job-related skill or accomplishment]

[Enter job-related skill or accomplishment]

[Enter job-related skill or accomplishment]

[Enter job-related skill or accomplishment]

Again, I appreciate your time and consideration for this exciting opportunity. Please let me know if I can provide you with any further information about my background or qualifications. I look forward to hearing from you soon.I'd be happy to provide greater detail about my skills and experience during an interview. Please call me at your earliest convenience.I will contact you this week to confirm receipt of my resume and to arrange a time to interview.I am very interested in meeting to review your needs and possible solutions I could bring to the table.I look forward to a personal meeting during which time we can discuss your needs in greater detail.


[Your First Name] [Your Last Name]

[Your Phone Number]

[Your Email]Thank you for your valued time,Thank you, in advance, for your consideration.

Best regards,Yours sincerely,I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,Looking forward to hearing from you.


Bonnie Porter


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *