5 tips for landing your dream pharmacy job

Written by Candace Carlson. Posted in Education

As a general rule, pharmacy graduates experience difficulties in obtaining employment following graduation. The situation is in fact increasingly common. While you may be tempted to believe that it does not matter if you do not have a job right at graduation, well you should know that it does. Employers want at least three years of experience and the likelihood is that you will be unemployed for a long period of time, so long in fact that you may be inclined to think that there are no more pharmacist jobs out there anymore. It is needless to say that the fear of being unemployed is a hopeless one. When will you get a job? When will you get a job? Disappointment soon sets in and do not even realize that you have the skills that employers are looking for. So, if you are like most graduates and you wish to stand out in the recruitment process, this is what you can do:

5 tips for landing your dream pharmacy job
  1. Emphasise your skills

Experience is necessary only to a certain extent, which means that it cannot replace skills. There is a great number of HR professionals that have recruited sustainable talent by hiring people that did not have the three years of experience that they were desperately looking for. These professionals have concluded that experience is not more important that the ability to do the job. Additionally, they were highly impressed by the way in which candidates were able to articulate their skills in a manner that produced a long-lasting effect on the employer. If you happen to be unsuccessful, then you should not necessarily think that it has something to do with your knowledge. Sometimes the circumstances are to blame.

  1. Consider additional training

What you have to do is not get another degree, but rather commit to a couple of years of residency or even obtain additional training in pharmacy. While formal training is not a must, as a career specialist, you will be more retainable as an employee. You can get practical experience by completing a pharmacy externship at a local hospital or pharmacy. There are also online schools that feature externships as part of the course. Even becoming a volunteer at a free clinic has many benefits. You will keep your skill sets sharp and you will easily be able to explain gaps in employment. It is important to do your research and find out what opportunities there are for you.

  1. Work on your resume

If you are not sure what kind of pharmacy you want to work in, you should develop a resume for each single one. You should talk to your instructors about the demands of each setting. If you are interested in working in retail pharmacy, then retail experience should be showcasted on your resume. Also, you should take into account what most hospitals want from you. Is it responsibility, professionalism or attention to detail?

  1. Carefully choose your references

You should pick three references and assume that they will be called. One of the three references should be a character reference, the other one should be a pharmacist that can discuss your skill set and, last but not least, a reference from a former colleague. However, you should ask for permission of each reference prior to listing them.

  1. Be present online

The hard part about landing your dream job is to be at the same time present and professional. Once you have completed your newly resume, you should make sure that it is uploaded on industry sites. One option is to use an online job board dedicated to the healthcare industry. An online job board has fast access to listings and let you show your resume to a potential employer by comfortably using the web. When it comes to delivering hires, job boards are the most effective.