PharmacyThisWeek: Itchy feet or thoughtful job hopping? Hundreds of new job listings!!

September 23, 2014

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When you got that recruiter call six months ago, the shiny new job seemed like the perfect out.

You’d been toiling away at a position that, at first, seemed so amazing. But nine months in, you were thinking, “Hmmm, this is bit of a drag.” The projects weren’t as thrilling as advertised, the people were kind of gossipy, and the commute took longer than you’d estimated.

Not to mention, you only had two weeks of vacation. And seriously, how fair is THAT?

So when that recruiter call came in six months ago, with what certainly was a better option, you went for it.

Sparkle. Sparkle.

You took that new job, your fifth in three years.

No problem, right? After all, U.S. Department of Labor Statistics indicate that, depending on life stage, people change jobs every 2-4 years today.

So what’s the big deal?

The big deal is this:

Unless you’re making thoughtful, strategic transitions, or have been impacted by things completely out of your control, you risk looking like you have itchy feet when those moves start adding up. And hiring managers get nervous about hiring people they fear are going simply hop off to the next big thing shortly after they invest in you.

There is a big different between thoughtful hopping and ants-in-pants.

So, if you’re planning to voluntarily make (yet another) career move, I appeal to you to ask yourself five key questions before you jump ship:

  1. Am I making this move for specific, well-thought-out reasons?
    For instance, do you suspect you’re going to pigeon-hole yourself into a role you don’t want if you don’t get some specific experience, or exposure to a particular industry sector? Do you recognize that, in your current position, you’re not learning something that’s going to be critical in the near future? Do you need a particular credential that you won’t be able to get unless you change jobs?
  2. Do I have a 3, 5 or 10-year game plan that I’m aiming toward?
    I’m not suggesting that you need to have your entire life mapped out, but you should envision where you want to be as a professional (and where you don’t want to be) in the short-, mid- and long-term. Forcing yourself to sit down and reflect for a bit will help you enormously as you evaluate opportunities that come your way. (Does it align, or does it not align?)
  3. Have I stayed at my current job long enough to learn new, valuable skills and relationships?
    This is one of the bigger challenges for the serial hopper — gaining “meaty” skills and experience. As the hopper, you may disagree with me. But as a recruiter, I will tell you flat out: Corporate hiring managers will worry about the depth of your experience and relationships if you bee-bop from job to job with regularity. Many corporate decision makers want depth over breadth when it comes to experience. Better yet, they want both. It’s hard to get depth when you’re only in a job for a nanosecond.
  4. How am I going to explain the rationale behind these moves to my next potential employer?
    Serial hoppers tend to worry about this too late, as in they worry about it when they’re scrambling to come up with their “party line” for yet another potential employer. The time to think about your rationale behind a job change is before you change jobs in the first place. If you’re confident in your rationale, it’s going to be much easier for you to explain the move to future employers or recruiters. Confidence begets confidence.
  5. What will I gain, and what will I jeopardize by making this move?
    Get real with yourself as you answer this question. Think about all of the variables. It may actually make perfect sense to accept that shiny, new job when you run it through this evaluation. Or, you might realize that the costs associated may be too great, and that you actually have more to gain by riding it out for a bit at your current job.

I get asked all the time, “Is it all that bad to be a job hopper today?”

My answer is never cut and dried. Sometimes rapid succession career moves are smart, and will take you in the exact direction you want to go. And sometimes, the moves are stupid and a sign that you’re impulsive or restless in general.

The key lies in knowing yourself, your dreams and your goals well enough to figure out the difference.

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We’re still averaging way over 100 new jobs each week. You can see them all here and check out these interesting ones!!

Director Of Sales & Business Development, PharmaCare Svcs, San Antonio, TX


Manager, Pharmacy Business (600+ beds), Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ

ADOP, Pharmacy Distribution Center, Tewsbury, MA CPS (Serves 44 sites & 22,000 beds)

Pharmacy Manager, Inpatient Pharmacy, Boston Med Ctr, Boston, MA (496-bed academic medical center located in Boston’s historic South End)

Director of Outpatient Pharmacy, Boston Med Ctr, Boston, MA (496-bed academic medical center located in Boston’s historic South End)

Senior Clinical Pharmacist – Specialty, Prime Therapeutics (Bloomington, MN or Orlando, FL)

Pharmacy Manager / Director Of Pharmacy – Infusion Services, Walgreens, Louisville, KY

Mgr of Pharmacy, Owensboro Health Reg Hospital, Owensboro, KY (Clinical, 477-bed, New hospital 2013!!)

Pharmacist (Part-time), Sauk Prairie Healthcare, Prairie du Sac, WI (30 mi NW of Madison)

Staff Pharmacist, Speare Memorial Hospital, Plymouth, NH (40 mi N of Concord)

Clinical Pharmacist (2nd shift), Owensboro Health Reg Hospital, Owensboro, KY (477-bed, New hospital 2013!!)

DOP (160 bed + 2 Retail), Castle Medical Center, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii (Prefer 340B exp)

Staff Pharmacist II (7on/7off Nights) Remote Order Entry (Center Based), Cardinal Health (Openings in Irvine, CA Marlborough, MA, Cary, NC, Dublin, OH)

Administrator of Pharmacy Svcs (350 bed teaching hospital), Wyckoff Heights Med Ctr, Brooklyn, NY

UCLA Health, Los Angeles, CA – Sr. Staff Pharmacist; Outpatient Supervisor; Staff Pharmacist I – Medication Reconciliation; Outpatient Sr. Pharmacy Supervisor, Santa Monica; Pharmacists (Per Diem)

Pharmacy Operations Manager (411-bed tertiary care facility), Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, ME
>> $10K Sign-on + $5K Relo <<

Staff Pharmacist (Outpatient, Hem/Onc), Froedtert Health, Milwaukee, WI

Target, 200+ Pharmacist & Tech openings Nationwide!!

Chenega Corporation – Clinical Pharmacist @ Ft Benning, GA & Ft Hood, TX!!

Staff Pharmacist (Mon-Fri, 8-5), Larned State Hospital, Larned, KS (2 hrs West of Wichita)

Pharmacist (Full-time & Flex), St Luke’s Magic Valley, Twin Falls, ID (2 hrs SE of Boise)

Providence Health & Services – 40+ Pharmacist openings in AK, CA, MT, OR & WA!!

DOP, Garden City, MI Pharmacy Systems, Inc.

Portfolio Executive – Pharmacy, Apexus/340B Prime Vendor Program, Irving, TX

Regional Associate (GPO, East Coast) Essensa

Regional Associate (GPO, West Coast), Essensa

Asst Dir, Contract Svcs, Essensa, New York City, NY

Director, Consolidated Pharmacy Services And Implementations, HealthTrust Corporate Offices, Brentwood, TN

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Sentara Medical Group, Norfolk, VA
>> 4 other Pharmacist openings, see our site!! <<


Certified Pharmacy Technicians – Full-Time & PRN, Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals (HCA Virginia), Richmond, VA

Pharmacy Tech (Part-time), Sauk Prairie Healthcare, Prairie du Sac, WI (30 mi NW of Madison)

IV Tech, Central Admixture Pharmacy Services, Inc. (CAPS), Carrollton / Dallas, TX

PT IV Tech (16 Hours Per Week), Central Admixture Pharmacy Services, Inc. (CAPS), Wallingford, CT

Pharmacy Technician (Revenue Cycle Assoc, Day shift), Boston Med Ctr, Boston, MA >> 6 other Tech openings!! <<

Pharmacy Tech (Outpatient, Controlled Substances), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Las Vegas, NV

Pharmacy Resource Center Technician, Prime Therapeutics, Irving, TX >> Several Openings!! <<

Pharmacy Tech II (Part-time), General Hospital, East Orange, NJ Cardinal Health

Pharmacy Technician (Hematology/Oncology), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Cleveland, OH (100+ other Pharmacy jobs, see our site!!)

Providence Health & Services – 50+ Tech openings in AK, CA, MT, OR & WA!!

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
Providence Health & Services
Sentara (SE VA and NE NC)
Veterans Administration

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

Kevin Mero
cell: 210 872-6160



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