Because of the uptick in the number of pharmacy graduates on the job market, landing that first-choice pharmacy job is a little more challenging than in the past. That is why it is important to make sure your resume and cover letter are in top shape.
These are your advertisements, your initial pitch to an employer. They have to convince a hiring manager that you are the best person for the job. To help do that, here are a few tips for punching up your resume, specifically, your job history.
Avoid listing job duties and responsibilities
If you want to stand out, a dry recitation of your duties in past jobs is not going to help. A detailed list of job duties and responsibilities tells the hiring manager nothing about your performance in the job.
Focus on accomplishments
To show how you performed in previous jobs, focus on accomplishments in those jobs. The more specific, the better. Use facts and figures to back up your assertions. These will carry more weight and make your achievements more compelling.
Focus on accomplishments that are most relevant to the job you are seeking.
Put your achievements in a problem-solution format
To impress hiring managers, show you are a problem solver. Show your achievements by presenting a problem or challenge you encountered, the action you took to solve that problem, and the outcome of your action. To make it more compelling, begin with the outcome first, explain the problem and the action you took to solve it. For example, “Lowered administrative errors from 3.1 percent to 0.3 percent caused by bottlenecks in the workflow process by putting in place new guidelines.”
Make it easy to read
To do this, career experts advise using a combination of a short narrative and bullet points. Use a short paragraph to summarize your responsibilities, and then use the bullet points to list your accomplishments. To make sure the hiring manager easily sees your accomplishments, use a heading such as “Major Accomplishments.”
Use language that is simple, clear and direct
Keep your sentences short. Avoid the passive voice. Use action verbs.
If you are looking for a pharmacy job, you need to see the people at Cameron and Company. We can find you a pharmacy job that fits with your schedule and your professional goals. We are one of the leading pharmacy staffing agencies. Contact Cameron and Company today