The job market for pharmacists is more competitive now than in the past. So, if you are a new pharmacy graduate, be persistent and organized in your search to find the job you want. Treat the job search like a job itself. But don’t get discouraged. Keep at it. Here are some tips on how to conduct a job search.
List your goals
To focus your job search, you need to decide what your professional goals are. Where do you want to be in five or ten years? This will help you to decide where to begin looking. For example, do you want to work in a community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, or some other area?
You can then look for a job that will help set you on a path to reach your goals.
Have references available to give to prospective employers who request them. It’s better to take care of this sooner rather than later so you don’t have to scramble at the last minute to find people.
Get a range of different people, both supervisors, and instructors. Ask them if they would be willing to give you a favorable reference. Stay in touch with them. Let them know whom you are interviewing with and how the process is going.
Have a system for organizing your job search materials – resumes, cover letters, background information, information on employers. Use some type of scheduling system to keep track of appointments, interviews, and other tasks that have been completed or are upcoming. There are several apps to help with this.
There are many different resources online to help with the job search.
One is the well-known job boards. These include sites like Jobs.com, Indeed.com, Monster.com, and Beyond.com. If you are interested in working at a particular hospital or pharmacy chain, you can check out their websites, which will have job listings for their particular organizations.
Professional associations also have job listings on their websites. For example, you can check out job listings on the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy site or at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy site.
Specialty groups also have sites with job listings, such as the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists.
This is generally considered to be the best way to land a job. It’s more than just handing out business cards.
Stay in touch with former classmates and ask them about job opportunities they may be aware of in their area. Talk with your professors. Ask them what they know about the job market and job opportunities.
With communication nearly all digital, it is easier than ever to network online. Join a site like LinkedIn and participate in pharmacy-related discussion groups. This is a great way to meet new people. You can also post articles online and comment on the posts of others.
Also, attend professional conferences. These are great places to network.
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