PharmacyThisWeek: Strike gold with 2nd degree LinkedIn connections, 148 New Jobs & 1034 Total Jobs!

January 29, 2014

Welcome to PharmacyThisWeek!

This is the third in a 4-part series on LinkedIn for job search & career networking. If you missed the first two posts, here is the first one and here is the second one.

Clearly, your 1st degree LinkedIn connections can be enormously valuable when you’re actively looking for a job, or even just networking for career / business purposes. They’re easy to find. They’re your people and, with a simple mouse click, you can ask them questions, reach out for advice, etc.

But are you also leveraging the enormous power of your 2nd degree connections on LinkedIn?

These are, as you probably know, the people that your 1st degree connections know and are connected to on LinkedIn. There’s a gold mine to be found in these 2nd degree connections, and the process of getting to them is supremely simple.

If you do a simple people search on LinkedIn and discover you don’t have 1st degree connections, but have 2nd degree connections just click on  “Shared connections” underneath your connection’s photo and headline. From here, you can determine to whom you are mutually connected. Next, you can simply reach out to your 1st degree contact and ask them if they would be willing to introduce you to that person / contact.

I usually approach with something like,

“Hi Bill – I just noticed that you’re connected with Kathy Freeman over at Memorial Hospital. I’d really love to work for Memorial. Would you be willing to introduce me to Kathy so that I can ask her a few quick questions about her experience there?”


Assuming your connection follows through with the intro, you could have a pretty quick foot-in-the-door at an organization of interest. I’ve used this technique dozens of times. Once, I had a LinkedIn connection introduce me to his person so quickly that I had a call booked with her 15 minutes later.

It can literally work this quickly. And when it does? It feels amazing.

Stop wasting hours and hours submitting blind applications; start networking your way in to opportunities. LinkedIn is your ticket, and your 2nd degree connections can be extremely valuable in the process.

Please be sure and connect with either PharmacyWeek’s LinkedIn group or  directly with me!

Before we turn to the new jobs please take a look at the following interactive guides for pharmacy technicians. This is from a new advertiser and in the very cool iBook format. These books were written by Dottie Dunaway, CPhT, Dottie works for Humana. The publisher has asked me to get any feedback I can so if anyone has an opinion or a comment please let me know, thanks!!

Math Review, Law Review & Top 200 Drug Guide For The Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam

Fall 2013 Mercer Pharmacy Salary Survey Update!

Well, as the nation goes so goes pharmacy it seems. The headline for the Fall Survey may be that there is no headline at all. I’ll expand upon this in the coming weeks.

However as the devil is always in the details my concern is that overall pharmacy wages may have reached their tipping point. Taking into consideration there are in excess of 300K survey participants, wages are either going down or projected to increase a max of 4.7% for 2014. One potentially alarming trend is that turnover rates are spiking across all but one job title. Another alarming takeaway is as a determinant of pay, years of experience with the same organization is trending down while years of total pharmacy experience pay is trending up. Certainly we will need more cycles to see if this is truly a trend or an anomaly. Again I will expand upon all in this weekly email.

For more detailed results, you can find national and industry-specific results in this week’s digital edition. For more results or to buy the full survey, please visit

Lots of new jobs again last week, 148 in fact! 1034 total jobs so again staying about the same. Here are just a few …


Staffing DOP (25-bed Critical Access), Penobscot Valley Hospital, Lincoln, ME CPS

Manager Inpatient Pharmacy – Pediatrics, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Cleveland, OH

ADOP, Huntington, WV Pharmacy Systems, Inc.

Staff Pharmacists, RxCare Pharmacy (Orlando & Auburndale, FL / Charlotte, NC / Detroit, Flint & Port Huron, MI / Bossier City, LA)

DOP, Pharmacists & Pharmacy Technicians, HealthPro Staffing & Placements, Inc. (Wisconsin)

DOP, Health Alliance Medical Plans, Champaign, IL (HMO, POS & Medicare HMO)

DOP (100 bed), Alaska Reg Hosp, Anchorage, AK

Pharmacy Manager II, Primary Children’s Hosp, Salt Lake City, UT IHC

Drug Pricing Program Director – 340B, Intermountain HealthCare System, Central Office, Salt Lake City, UT

Pharmacy Manager – Manager In Training (Health System Pharmacy) Nationwide Locations Cardinal Health

Pharmacy Manager, Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, WI


Senior Pharmacy Technician (Buyer), Rolling Plains Hosp, Sweetwater, TX Cardinal Health

Pharmacy Technician (7on/7off Evenings), St Luke’s Hosp, The Woodlands, The Woodlands, TX CPS

Lead Pharmacy Technician, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Martinsburg, WV

Pharmacy Technician, (Inpatient) Froedtert Health, Milwaukee, WI

Pharmacy Techs, RxCare Pharmacy (Orlando, FL / Charlotte, NC / Detroit & Flint, MI / Bossier City, LA)

IV Tech I, Central Admixture Pharmacy Services, Inc.(CAPS), Englewood, NJ

We update the following employer’s openings each week so be sure and check out their latest available positions. Unless otherwise noted these employers have openings in multiple states so be sure and search on the state and/or job title you are most interested in. If you have any questions just let me know.

Central Admixture Pharmacy Services
Centura Health
Cleveland Clinic
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS)
Froedtert Health
Intermountain Healthcare (UT and SE ID)
PharmaCare Services
Pharmacy Systems, Inc.
Sentara (SE VA and NE NC)
Veterans Administration

I hope everyone has a great and safe week, you can always reach me at my email or cell number below, thanks!

Kevin Mero
cell: 210 872-6160



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