Navigation Skills

Published Online: Monday, October 3, 2011
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The pharmacy job market is tightening, and it takes extra effort to stand out from the crowd of applicants. You need to pay attention to the traditional resume details, but also be alert to how social media now plays a role in how a potential employer views and evaluates candidates. It is more important than ever before to research each position thoroughly, monitor your online presence, and always offer a professional appearance. Here are some important navigation skills that will help you conquer today’s pharmacy job market. 

Landing a Job 

  • Start your job search early
  • Join professional pharmacy associations and stay active
  • Ask advice from practicing pharmacists in a variety of settings
  • Network with all of your contacts in the field 
  • Utilize the career services and counseling at your pharmacy school

Perfecting Your Resume 

  • Write a clear, concise career objective
  • Highlight the pharmacy internships you have held to focus on your real-world experience
  • Proof and reproof your resume
  • Customize all cover letters
  • Stress health care–related extracurricular activities

Interview Dos and Don’ts

  • Do arrive early for your interview and always confirm the appointment
  • Don’t forget to bring extra copies of your resume and samples of your work
  • Do detailed research on the position and company
  • Don’t forget to send a follow-up communication after the interview

Finding Balance and Getting Organized

  • Get regular exercise while job hunting and take care of your health
  • Set realistic goals for each day and follow through
  • Keep good records of contacts, conversations, and leads 
  • Keep in touch with family and friends during the job hunt 

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