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Cover Letter Mastery

A step-by-step guide to crafting cover letters that help you stand out among the noise and land pharmacy interviews

Envision this… 

You’ve just finished submitting your tenth application of the weekend. All that’s left to do is go get the job of your dreams. You spent hour after painstaking hour crafting your CV, getting the right letters or recommendations, and making countless revisions to your cover letter.

You’re tired, you’re a little hungry, and you’re feeling the warm buzz of caffeinated bliss flowing through your veins.

But you also feel good. You put a lot of time into this. You did your research. There’s a sense of “nervous satisfaction” that comes with taking the plunge and hitting the submit button.

You have visions of the hiring manager receiving your application. And nodding in approval as she moves through your CV. You can see her reading every word that you wrote and rewrote for your cover letter and thinking “This is the PERFECT candidate!” They look something like this…

Hiring manager being amazed at your cover letter

Alright. Back to reality…

You’d like to think this is how it works. But it’s not.

Here’s the truth that no one will tell you…

Your cover letter may not even be read by the hiring manager. 

There are literally 100 other applicants. She’s going to skim through your cover letter faster than a clickbaity Buzzfeed post about “22 Pictures of Cats Dressed Up Like Jedi Knights” (I’d read that)…

Your cover letter, that you spent hours writing and revising. The same cover letter that you had coworkers, friends, and old professors give you feedback on. The same cover letter that is a distillation of you. Your life, your experiences, your hopes and aspirations. You may have spent over a week just on those 3 or 4 paragraphs.

Your cover letter gets 30 seconds of the reader’s time.

So, be honest with yourself. Does your cover letter stand out?

The goal of the cover letter is to get you invited to an interview. Will your cover letter get you results? Is it the first step on the path to the perfect residency?

Like it or not, your cover letter is one of the most important parts of your application. It’s the only measure a program has about your personality and your goals. No matter how fantastic you are, if your cover letter isn’t amazing, you can kiss that job interview goodbye.

Introducing… Cover Letter Mastery

I’ve been in your shoes, and I’ve been on both sides of the interview table multiple times. I know what gets results. Cover Letter Mastery is a distillation of everything I have learned about writing cover letters that work.

It’s a self-paced course, meaning you can work your way through the program as quickly (or as slowly) as you want.

You’re busy, and your time is valuable, so I made Cover Letter Mastery short, sweet, and to the point. There isn’t any fluff with this course. You’ll get 12 short video lessons, along with guides and worksheets that take you from “just another applicant” to sitting across from your future boss at the interview table.

COURSE MODULES

Here’s what’s included…

Module 1: Introduction

An introduction to what makes a good cover letter and what we’re going to cover in the course.

Module 2: Understanding your Goal

Your goal is to feel confident that every cover letter you submit is helping you stand out and get that much closer to an interview.

Module 3: How to Draw the Reader in with an Irresistible Hook

The start to a great cover letter is one that, well, gets read. Learn how to craft a hook that will have the reader wanting to dive right into what you’ve submitted. 

Module 4: How to Backup Your Cover Letter with Evidence that Shows You're the Perfect Candidate

Put your money where your mouth is. Cover letters are essentially brief arguments about why you are the perfect candidate for them to consider. You’re going to want to back up your claims with clear and concise evidence of these claims. We’ll show you what to say and how to back it up.

Module 5: How to Close Your Cover Letter with Confidence

“And that’s the way it is.” We don’t remember every broadcast from legendary anchorman Walter Cronkite, but we sure remember his sign off. The ending of your cover letter is the thing the reader will remember the most about what they’ve read, so let’s make it great. 

Module 6: Q&A of the Most Common Cover Letter Questions

We’ve collected the most common questions that we’ve received over the years about cover letters and cover letter etiquette. And we answer them all right here. You’re not going to want to miss it.

Module 7: What to do if You're Still Not Confident in Your Cover Letter

Sometimes we spend hours writing, editing, rewriting. deleting, and writing again before we’re happy with it. Then we can realize we STILL aren’t happy with it, even though we know it’s well-written. In this module, we’ll go over how to get over the mindset hurdles that tell you your letters are never “good enough.”

Module 8: Cover Letter Rules

We’ll go over what rules MUST be followed for cover letters, which ones you can bend, and which are the ways of the past in this module. 

BONUS MODULES

Bonus Module 1: The BEST Advice on Writing Your Cover Letter

Bonus Module 2: Cover Letter Review – Before and After

Bonus Module 3: A RPD Review of 4 Cover Letters

Bonus Resource: 15 Mistakes You’re Probably Making on Your Cover Letter

Bonus Resource: 7 Words and Phrases That Should Never be on Your Cover Letter

Bonus Resource: Case Studies – Cover Letters from Multiple Pharmacy Niches

TESTIMONIALS

What others are saying about Cover Letter Mastery

I bought your Cover Letter Mastery course last year in order to write a letter of intent for residency.

I wrote a review about it because it helped me get 7 total interviews, 6 at academic medical centers.

Now I’m a  PGY1 at Nebraska Medicine and am applying for a PGY2 in ID at lots of different places again.

Lee Amaya, PharmD

Before working with Alex, my cover letter was extremely generic, boring and impersonal. I wasn’t receiving any interview requests because of my lack-luster cover letter. Alex helped me create a cover letter that I can not only be proud of, but immediately started getting results. I have had numerous interviews since and I believe it is a direct result of a cover letter that sets me apart from the rest and is a reflection of who I am. His valuable insight was just what I needed to create the perfect cover letter!

Justine Marryott, PharmD

I was fortunate to match to my number 1 program and receive interviews to many other top-notch places.

My letter of intent/cover letter was on a different level this year and I thank you for your assistance.

I applied to 12 programs and got 8 Interviews. I thank you again for creating your program that assists with letters of intent.

Jimmy L. Pruitt III, PharmD, Pharmacy Resident

Alex Barker PharmD

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Alex Barker, PharmD

Heyo, I’m Alex, and I’ve developed this Cover Letter Mastery Course because I’m obsessed with helping pharmacists find fulfilling careers.

I know the game that’s being played on the other end of the application table. I’ve been through the process multiple times on both sides. And the lessons I’ve learned can help you write a cover letter that gets results.

Since my residency, I’ve written Pharmacy Times articles on cover letters, interviewed multiple residency directors, and helped hundreds of pharmacy students write better cover letters.

The bottom line is this. I’ve had tremendous personal success writing remarkable cover letters. I’ve helped many others have the same success. And I can help you write a cover letter that will get you invited to residency interviews.

It’s frustrating because the cover letter is one of the most important parts of your residency application. It’s the only part of the application packet that lets the program know who you are.

And with every cover letter you write, you’re making the same preventable mistakes. Until now.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Cover Letter Mastery is 100% RISK FREE. If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, we will give a full refund. No questions asked.

We stand behind our courses and want the best for you, so all we ask is that you tell us how we can improve it for future students.

FAQs

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish.

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own.

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Of course, it’s no good to just tell you that I can help you. Let me show you. Here are some examples from my own life.

Here’s the truth. I applied to 9 PGY1 residencies programs. And I only received 1 interview request.

It still stings to say that out loud.

My results were brutal! It was in large part due to my lack-luster cover letter.

But for my PGY2 application process, I honed my skills, added interesting accomplishments and applied with more gusto.

I sent off 5 PGY2 applications and received 3 interview requests.

Since then I have helped create thousands of interview-worthy cover letters for pharmacists in all fields.

Will yours be next?