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Veterinary Pharmaceutical Sales Rep Cover Letter

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Veterinary Pharmaceutical Sales Rep Cover Letter
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Veterinary pharmaceutical representatives should carefully craft their cover letters to highlight their sales skills and knowledge of the animal health industry. It is important to tailor each cover letter to the specific job offered, whether an applicant has significant experience in the field or is seeking their first full time position.


Example Cover Letter: Experienced Veterinary Pharmaceutical Sales Rep

March 25, 2012

Mr. James Anderson
Sales Director
Alpha Animal Health
123 West High Street
Anytown, GA 12345


Dear Mr. Anderson,

I recently saw Alpha Animal Health’s advertisement for a veterinary pharmaceutical sales representative position in Pharma World, and I would like to submit my resume for consideration. My extensive background in the animal health industry and strong record of improving product sales would make me a valuable addition to the Alpha sales team.

I have been a sales representative with Mercury Veterinary Health for the past three years, generating new sales and servicing established accounts in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. During this time I was responsible for $1.65 million in new product sales to small animal veterinarians. My territory has consistently posted strong sales for Mercury, growing by an average of 20 percent each year.

Prior to my career at Mercury I earned a B.S. in Animal Science with a double major in Marketing from State University. After graduation I spent two years selling veterinary medical devices and surgical equipment for Veterinary Pro Limited, where I opened 72 new accounts in my first year, a freshman sales record for the company.

I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss this position with you, and I have included my resume and references for your review. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to speak with you soon.

Sincerely,

(SIGNATURE)


Simon Smith
100 West Cross Street
Anytown, GA 12345
(123) 456-7890
samanthasmith@gmail.com


Example Cover Letter: New Veterinary Pharmaceutical Sales Rep

March 25, 2012

Ms. Erin Hartwell
Hiring Manager
Martin Animal Health Inc.
678 Main Street
Anytown, KY 12345


Dear Ms. Hartwell,

I saw your advertisement for an Equine Veterinary Pharmaceutical Sales Representative position in this week’s edition of Vet Pharma America, and I would like to submit my resume for consideration. As a licensed equine veterinary technician I am very familiar with equine health concerns and the products used by equine veterinarians. I feel that my extensive equine experience and technical skills would make me a valuable addition to the team at Martin Animal Health.

As a student at State University I earned a B.S. in Animal Science with a minor in Marketing, maintaining a strong 3.85 grade point average throughout this rigorous course of study. The program at State University also afforded me the opportunity to participate in a sales internship with a major livestock feed sales company during my senior year.

After graduation I completed veterinary technician training at Newtown College and started my career in the animal health field at the world renowned Lexington Equine Hospital. While I have not yet sold veterinary pharmaceuticals, I have six years of practical equine experience and many contacts in the industry.

I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss this position with you in person at your convenience, and I have included my resume for review. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to speak with you soon.

Sincerely,

(SIGNATURE)



Anna Jacobson
123 East High Street, Apt. 1A
Anytown, KY 12345
(123) 456-7890
annajacobson@gmail.com


General Tips:

1. Be sure to tailor your cover letter based on the specific job you are applying for. Don’t forget to change the name of the addressee, the date, and where you saw their job posting. There is nothing worse than sending a cover letter to one company that was clearly first written as part of an application to a competing company.

2. Keep your cover letter to one page. Use normal fonts and paper in neutral colors. You want your cover letter to look clear, concise, and professional. Attempts to make your letter “stand out” (such as using brightly colored paper) are usually seen in a negative light.

3. If the position listing mentions specific skills, be sure to point out that you have those skills. If you don’t have sales experience, try to offset that by mentioning significant animal experience in other fields. If you have sales experience in retail or product sales, be sure to mention that as well. Transferrable skills are important when you are seeking to enter a new field.

4. Highlight special skills, training, certifications, or licenses if you have them. New graduates may place extra emphasis on their education, participation in college clubs, and awards.

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