PharmacyThisWeek: Most Overused Resume Words & 185 New Jobs

August 25, 2015


Welcome to PharmacyThisWeek!

We all use bad words sometimes.

If you’re like me, sometimes those suckers just fall right out of your mouth before before you have even a moment to construct something a bit more eloquent.

(I try super hard to never have this happen in front of the children, I swear.)

(I mean, I don’t swear.)

(Ah, I’m getting off track here!)

The point — sometimes you speak before you think and dumb words come out of your mouth.

When it comes to your resume, however, you have opportunity to think, consider and strategize BEFORE you throw words down on paper.

And so, if you have a resume that contains some (or many) of these horrifically overused, say-nothing, cliche words and phrases?

You really should consider a do-over.

10 horrifying, overused resume words and phrases

  1. Detail-oriented (or worse, detail-orienTATed). You can’t just tell me that you are into details. Instead, spell out (in a bullet point) something that demonstrates your strong focus on details (and, better yet, explain how your focus on details helped better your current or a former employer.)
  2. Proven track record. You know anyone who has an unproven track record? This is a nothing phrase. Focus instead on developing a resume that makes it abundantly clear that you’ve got a pretty kick ass track record.
  3. Team player. Good thing you put this down. Because otherwise I might think you can’t function on a team. Seriously — It’s assumed that those looking to work in a corporate environment will have the ability to work collaboratively with others. Stop using this awful term.
  4. Outside-of-the-box. You may as well stab the reviewer in the eye when you write something about how you think outside-of-the-box. It feels the exact same on the receiving end.
  5. C-suite. I’ve been seeing this one a lot lately, for some reason. It’s like an emerging stupid cliche. Yes, I’d like for you to spell out your strengths high-level selling, or your skill in counseling members of your employer’s executive team. Just don’t use “C-suite” when doing so. Please.
  6. Responsible for. I’ve talked about this one 1,000 times. I don’t just want to know what you’re responsible for — I want to know the significance of it is, or why I should care that you’re responsible for something. Don’t just list out duties and responsibilities on your resume — take it a step further and tell me the “so what?” about that responsibility.
  7. Win-win. I don’t care what profession you’re in, “cheesy sales person” pops into my head when I see this useless term. Spell out how you created a solution that benefitted all parties, of course. Just don’t utter “win-win” as you do so.
  8. Hard working. Oh thank God you’re saying this. I would have figured you were lazy and live for the weekends otherwise.
  9. Self-motivated. Again, highlight an instance (or more) that show me how you can direct yourself to the benefit of an employer. Just don’t think you can throw “Hey, I’m self-motivated” out there and call it a day.
  10. Proactive. Another nothing word. Do you think I’m going to assume you’re reactive unless you toss this into your resume? No, I am not. Instead of using this, consider spelling out an instance that you took charge and the positive result that came from it.

Bottom line… You can’t just insert common fluff terms into your resume and think it’s going to generate results. You’ve GOT to make it super easy for the reviewer to make a quick connection between her “Here’s what I need” and your “Here’s what {YOURNAME} has to offer.”

Spell out the awesome. Take out the horrifying cliches.

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We added 185 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!!


DOP (206-bed), Emanuel Med Ctr, Turlock, CA CPS (Between Modesto & Merced)

Director, Regional Pharmacy Services, GNYHA Services, New York, NY

Pharmacy Director (122-bed), Union Hospital of Cecil County, Elkton, MD

Director Of Pharmacy, Windber, PA Pharmacy Systems, Inc.

Pharmacist (2nd Shift), Pharmacy Resource Center, Prime Therapeutics, Irving, TX

Assistant Director Of Pharmacy For Transitions Of Care, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Cleveland, OH

Clinical Pharmacist, Specialty Pharmacy, Lumicera Health Svcs, Inc (Navitus Health Solutions Subsidiary)

Clinical Prior Auth Pharmacist, Navitus Health Solutions, Phoenix, AZ

Manager, Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Program (40 Hrs, Days), Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

Pharmacist, Commonwealth Health Corporation/The Medical Center, Bowling Green, KY

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

Pharmacy Manager (23-bed Critical Access, PD), Carson Valley Med Ctr, Gardnerville, NV (30 mins to Lake Tahoe!)

Medication Safety/Security Clinical Pharmacist – Specialist, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Bangor, ME


Pharmacy Technicians, Memphis, TN Global Professional Consultants / RphFinder Inc. (Need 20! Pay $13 – $16 ph!!)

Pharmacy Technician, Multiple Functions, Prime Therapeutics, Irving, TX

Pharmacy Technician (Part-Time), Rio Grande City, Cardinal Health

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
Genoa, A QoL Healthcare Company
Global Professional Consultants / RphFinder Inc.
Greenville Health Systems
Intermountain Healthcare (UT and SE ID)
Navitus Health Solutions
PharmaCare Services
PharmD On Demand
Pharmacy Systems, Inc.
PHI Pharmacy
Prime Therapeutics
Providence Health & Services
Sentara (SE VA and NE NC)
UCLA Health
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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