WILL YOUR PHARMACIST RESUME
MAKE THE CUT?
How will your Pharmacist Resume or Pharmacist CV compare in a sea of so many? It’s 2016 and up to 15,000 new pharmacy graduates are expected to enter the pharmacist job market with the already existing pool of experienced professionals.1
The average glance time of your career document is 8 seconds . . . if it makes it through Applicant Tracking Software or into the hands of a person of influence from your networking efforts.
Now is the time to make sure your candidate portfolio is in tip-top shape whether you’re an experienced pharmacist or a new grad.
Make Sure Your Pharmacist Resume or CV has:
1. OPTIMAL LENGTH FOR YOUR LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE
2. GOOD KEYWORD DENSITY
3. VISUAL APPEAL FOR QUICK IMPACT AND EASE OF READING
4. ENGAGING CONTENT – not just the mundane.
5. NO ERRORS – no misspellings, typos, incorrect capitalization, verb tense, etc.
6. ACCOMPANYING COVER LETTER – highlighting why you’re the best for the job.
7. A LINK TO AN OPTIMIZED LINKEDIN PROFILE that gives other helpful insight into you as a candidate (your values and more details of accomplishments.) LinkedIn is especially helpful with accomplishments that don’t conform to a paper medium such as photos, videos, presentation slides, etc. LinkedIn endorsements & recommendations are also a big plus.
8. COHESIVE PERSONAL BRANDING – evident across all documents (resume or CV, reference list, thank you letter, and cover letter.)
If not now, when will you prepare to put your best forward? Our great profession is on the move, so you need to be ready! Great job opportunities don’t wait, so start today! If you don’t know where to start or just don’t have the time I’m here to help.
Reference: A Looming Joblessness Crisis for New Pharmacy Graduates and the Implications It Holds for the Academy.
Am J Pharm Educ. 2013 Jun 12; 77(5): 90.
About the Author
Denise R. Hemphill, PharmD, CCM, NCRW, CPRW, CIC, CCTC is the founder of Confident Career Moves®. She is an Executive Resume, CV, & Social Profile Writer designing dynamic self-marketing tools. As a pharmacist and career manager equipped with 5 prominent career industry certifications, she helps pharmacists nationwide reach their career goals. Connect on LinkedIn
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