PharmacyThisWeek: First Job? Treat it like Your College Essay, 208 New Jobs

July 28, 2015


If you are a graduating college student and/or a young adult navigating your first(ish) job search this one’s for you!

Welcome to PharmacyThisWeek!

If you’re like any typical college student, you probably feel like you’re perpetually on the lookout for a summer internship, part-time job or (gasp!) your first real job. That can feel daunting under the best of circumstances; even more so when it’s a nationally competitive job opening.

So, how (exactly) do you go about snagging that dream internship or first job?

For starters, you’ve got to craft a brilliant resume and cover letter so that you stand out among hundreds—sometimes thousands—of applicants who have the goods, just like you.

Yikes. Where to begin?

Try flashing back to your senior year of high school. Amid the chemistry and math assignments, you surely remember the countless applications for schools and scholarships, and all the essays and long-answer questions that went along with them.

So. Many. Essays.

After months of crafting the perfect college essay to wow the acceptance committee, and many revisions before pressing “submit,” that 500-word piece of art was surely more important than any school assignment in your four years. Heck, teachers and advisors made it seem like it would practically determine your whole life.

Now fast forward to present day. Instead of college applications, you’re doing job applications, and the processes can seem quite similar. (Don’t convulse. This be a good thing, believe it or not.) Now that you’re staring a great new job in the face, consider just telling the decision makers what you do best. Tell them precisely what you have to offer, and how that may benefit that organization.

Just like you did in your college essays, only now the “organization” is a facility, not a university.

In your college essay, you probably talked about some deep, inspiring, or challenging moment in your life and explained how it made you a better person, neatly tying it up with why you would be a good fit for University of Whatever. In a single anecdote, you somehow convinced your dream school that you’re a super rad person who is likable, relevant and a great match for that specific program.

Isn’t that the same thing you’re trying to do with your job applications? Yes, it is.

And aren’t cover letters just more professional college essays?

Short answer: Yes, yes they are. So don’t let them get the best of you. You’re already a veteran.

Here’s a quick secret that I’ll bet no one through all of your schooling has ever told you:

Your cover letters don’t have to be boring and bland.

Shocking, I know. (And also, incredibly liberating.)

You don’t have to start your cover letter with the dreaded “To Whom It May Concern.” That phrase is meant for complaining adults in strongly worded emails (if it should be used at all); it’s not the right salutation or tone for a 20-something job seeker looking for the next big internship at UCLA.

The people hiring you aren’t stupid. They know you’re much more creative than some run-of-the-mill cover letter, robotically dictating what you want or what you can bring to their facility. So give yourself permission to spice it up and stand out.

Need a few tips?

Start off with a (relevant) anecdote. If you’re applying for a job at Boston Medical Center, describe how you were so inspired when you read Shaping the Mind. If you’re seeking a job with Veterans Affairs, talk about your love of community service, our military veterans and how you’re a regular at your local soup kitchen, where you feed homeless folks every weekend. Make it real, make it true, and add just a hint of brag in there. You’re trying to sell yourself, after all. You’re already a perfect fit for the organization, you just have to convince them of that, too.

Now, this doesn’t mean that you should be overly creative and over-the-top spunky in a cover letter for a job within a conservative employer. You should always gauge the personality and vibe of the facility and go from there. But, above all else, make yourself stand out. Even if you’re only one of two applicants and you’ve got an amazing resume, you’re going to be picked over the other guy much faster if your cover letter captivates the reviewer. People like people who relate to them, even on a company level.

If you’re applying for a job – even if it’s just something you need so that you can pay for next semester’s textbooks – you can never give off the impression of “I just need the money.” Nooooo. Employers want to know what’s in it for them if they hire you, not what YOU need out of the deal.

Talk about this in your cover letter. Why, specifically, would you love to work there? Why are you a good fit? What, exactly, can you bring to the facility? Write clearly, bluntly, and with confidence. You’ve got all the finesse for the job, so just tell them about it.

Remember, you’ve already pulled this off, in your college essay. You pulled that off, so remind yourself that you can do it again. You already know how to put together all the pieces you need to snag that perfect job. So go put your skills to work and be the candidate that an organization can’t help but hire.

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FINALLY!! We crossed the 200.000 Friends/Fans/Likes on our Facebook! (200,529 to be exact) We definitely appreciate all of your help and we would sure appreciate you continuing to spread the word as we now have our sights on 300,000. Thanks in advance for all of your help!!

We added 208 new jobs last week! You can see them all here but also please check out the following ones. I would also appreciate you forwarding this email on to anyone who is looking for a new opportunity. Thank you very much!!


Staff Pharmacist I – IVAS, UCLA Health. California, Los Angeles

Asst. Director, Inpatient Pharmaceutical Services, UCLA Health. California, Los Angeles

50 Openings!! Pharmacists & Technicians, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Associate Director Of Pharmacy, North East Medical Services (NEMS), San Francisco, CA

Pharmacist – Corporate Float, Grandview Medical-Dental Clinic, Grandview, WA (Yakima / Kennewick area)

Clinical Pharmacy Coord, Natividad Med Ctr, Salinas, CA (Gorgeous area near Monterey Peninsula/Monterey Bay)

Pharmacy Clinical Specialist, Euclid Hospital, Euclid, OH Cleveland Clinic

Pharmacist (Nights), Lutheran Hospital, Cleveland, OH Cleveland Clinic

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

Floater Pharmacists (PRN & Full-time, Staff & Clinical) State of Georgia, PharmD onDemand

DOP, Princeton, IL Pharmacy Systems, Inc

DOP, Lebanon, IN Pharmacy Systems, Inc


Pharmacy Messenger, UCLA Health, Los Angeles, CA

50 Openings!! Pharmacists & Technicians, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Pharmacy Techs! (Full, Part-time & PRN) Cardinal Health (Nationwide!!)

Pharmacy Techs PRN!! Littleton Adventist Hospital, Littleton, CO (Located in the south Denver suburb)

Pharmacy Technician, Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company, Gainesville, FL

Consumer Medication Coordinator (Pharmacy Tech), Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company (Openings: Philadelphia, PA / Kansas City, MO / Dayton, TN / Wilmington, OH / Columbia, SC)

Managed Care Pharmacy Technicians needed in Phoenix, AZ & San Antonio, TX Hire Investment


Inventory Manager, Prime Therapeutics, Irving, TX

Regional Manager, Corporate Accounts, innovatix (GPO, Territory: East Coast)

Regional Manager, Infusion Pharmacy – Sales, innovatix (GPO, Territory: Chicago, St. Louis & Kansas City)

Regional Manager, Infusion Pharmacy – Sales, innovatix (GPO, Territory: ME, VT, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DC, DE, MD)

Nurse & Sales Reps

Call Center Nurse Specialist (Multiple Openings!!), Overland Park, KS Global Professional Consultants / RphFinder Inc.

ATTN: TOP Tier Compounding Reps & Rep Groups – New FDA Approved Patented Technology!!

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.

Boston Medical Center
Central Admixture Pharmacy Services
Centura Health
Cleveland Clinic
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS)
Eastern Maine Med Ctr
Epic Systems Corp
Froedtert Health
Genoa, A QoL Healthcare Company
Global Professional Consultants / RphFinder Inc.
Greenville Health Systems
Intermountain Healthcare (UT and SE ID)
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
PharmaCare Services
PharmD On Demand
Pharmacy Systems, Inc.
PHI Pharmacy
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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