You can write your cover letter in pretty much any way you want. It’s not specifically for a residency, but it shows you how you can tie your unique experience and personality into what you’re applying for.It also shows you that you’re going to be writing cover letters for the rest of your pharmacy career, so you might as well get used to it :)I’ll be honest, if you were to tell me 5 years ago when I was graduating pharmacy school that I would become an oncology specialist, I would have laughed at you.I love the intellectual challenge of keeping up with rapid changes in practice.
There is a lot of good information in this document, but I want to draw your attention to the sample cover letter on Page 3. And Tony is a brilliant man, because since he’s pointed it out to me I can’t unsee it. It is the only part of your application that lets you be “you.”A lot of students think their CV is the magic document that gets them into the residency of their dreams.
I’m not loading my cover letter with meaningless corporate buzzwords and phrases like “dynamic field of pharmacy” and “pursuit of excellence.” And if you were paying attention, you’ll notice I even used that dreadful phrase “I am writing to express my interest in…”But notice I used it. After I’ve already demonstrated some of the reasons we might be a good fit for each other. You want to let your actual personality come out in the letter, so that someone reading it can almost “hear” your voice as they read it.
You want to focus on using more active voice and less passive voice.
Anyone with experience in the residency “game” can give you useful feedback in making your cover letter stand out. You MUST NOT work from the same template that everyone else is using. I know this is an overwhelming process, and templates can make a stressful task a little bit easier.
A prescription for a successful job search includes a standout resume that sets you apart from the crowd of competitors.