PharmacyThisWeek: Memorable cover letters ignore convention and stupid "rules." 104 New jobs & Resume/CV writer update!!

February 26, 2014

Welcome to PharmacyThisWeek!

I cannot tell you how many cover letter conversations I’ve had that go something like this:

Pharmacist/Tech: “What’s the ‘right’ way to address this?”
Me: “Depends. What’s the culture of this organization like? What do you know about that person?”

Pharmacist/Tech: “What if the cover letter goes over one page?”
Me: “No one will die, so long as it’s excellent and doesn’t rattle on.”

Pharmacist/Tech: “Am I supposed to put two spaces after the date, or four?”
Me: “If this is your main concern, we’ve probably got some work to do here.”

Hear me out, people. Please.

Hiring managers, recruiters, HR people, and almost every human on the planet (except for those really uptight English majors who cannot read a single document without mentally copy editing the heck out of it) …?

They don’t care about your line spacing correctness.

They don’t care if you address them as Ms. Jill Smith or Ms. Smith or just plain Jill (most of the time).

They don’t care if you follow every single textbook rule ever written about writing a cover letter, resume or email.

In fact, most prefer that you not.

What they do care about is that you’re amazing, cool, original, genuine and CAPABLE OF DOING THAT JOB for which you are applying.

They want to like you, right from the start.

They want to know precisely what’s in it for them if they bring you on board.

They want to know that you’ve cared enough to study their organization, and that you have very specific reasons for loving them and wanting to work for them.

They enjoy wit, creativity, humor and yes … accurate spelling.

(There’s a big difference between being uptight about line spacing and being a pathetic speller.)

And so I beggeth you …

Next time you sit down to write a cover letter, vow to not get uptight about all the tiny little “rules” you’ve picked up along the way.

Instead, buck convention. Be memorable.

Nail the stuff that will make you a true standout.

Exceptional grasp of line spacing?

As far as I’m concerned, this is completely optional because guess what?

A perfectly structured crappy cover letter? Is still a crappy cover letter.

And on that note here is an update on our new resume/CV writer!!

Gina has had another phenomenal week of referrals from both pharmacists and techs. Approximately half are having her just reformat what they have and the other half are having complete rewrites done. Gina is very honest, if she doesn’t think you need a full rewrite she is going to tell you so. Email me at and I will put you in touch with her. There is no cost or obligation to have her review what you have.

I mentioned in last week’s issue that I would share our first testimonial and here it is…

“Attached is the final edit to my cv.  Thank you for the recommendation that my cv required revision as it was outdated and needed a massive overhaul, I couldn’t agree more! Gina is an extremely gifted and talented writer.  It is incredible how she is able to capture the essence of my professional experiences and work ethic, to present my skills for the next level which will enable me to stand out in the multitude of candidates!  I concur that the delivery of the final product and the results were well worth the time and money.

I would like to personally thank you for your continued support as I look forward to my next opportunity!”

F. Gordon, PharmD, MBA

This statement from an experienced pharmacy professional says it all. In my opinion when we are in such a crowded job market you have to do something to separate yourself. After 30+ years in the pharmacy recruiting business, and reading thousands of resumes and CV’s, this writer knows what she is doing. You owe it to yourself to let her show you what she can do. Email me and I’ll put you in touch with her.

We had another very strong week with 104 new job listings and 1013 total job listings, here are just a few of the new ones…


DOP (100-bed), Feather River Hospital, Paradise, CA (90 mi N of Sacramento)

Staff Pharmacist (Full-time), Prime Therapeutics, Albuquerque, NM

Supervisor – Infusion Pharmacy, Providence Home Services Building, Portland, OR

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist (Day shift, MTM, DUR, P&T), Providence Murray Business Center, Beaverton, OR (Portland)

Sr. Manager Pharmacy Operations (Day shift, System-level), Providence Murray Business Center, Beaverton, OR (Portland)

Program Manager – Pharmacy Network And Pharmaceuticals Contracting (Day shift, Formulary, MTM), Providence Murray Business Center, Beaverton, OR (Portland)

Acute Care Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, OR

DOP (240-bed, Behavioral/Psych), Fairmont Behavioral Health System, Philadelphia, PA CPS

Manager Ambulatory Pharmacy – Specialty Pharmacy, Cleveland Clinic Administrative Campus, Cleveland, OH

Pharmacist – Clinical (Neuroscience Critical Care Unit), Intermountain Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT

Inpatient Pharmacist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, West Palm Beach, FL

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist – Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Jackson, MS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) Anticoagulation, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Bay Pines, FL

Pharmacist III – RxE – Lead Pharmacist – Remote Order Entry, Pharmacy Svcs Ctr, Dublin, OH Cardinal Health


Pharmacy Support (Full-time), Prime Therapeutics, Albuquerque, NM

Pharmacy Supv, Front End (Full-Time), Prime Therapeutics, Irving, TX

Supervisor, Fulfillment Pharmacy (Full-time), Prime Therapeutics, Albuquerque, NM

Pharmacy Technician (Full-time), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Albuquerque, NM

Pharmacy Technician II (Full-time), Wadley Med Center, Texarkana, TX Cardinal Health

IV Tech, Central Admixture Pharmacy Services, Inc. (CAPS), Allentown, PA >> 4 openings <<

Pharmacy Technician, Medina Hospital, Medina, OH Cleveland Clinic

Pharmacy Tech – Outpatient Discharge, Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, WI

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.
Prime Therapeutics
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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