PharmacyThisWeek: Getting Resume Feedback / 900+ New & 1600+ Total Jobs

October 11, 2016


Welcome to PharmacyThisWeek!

So, you did it: you finished your wonderful, eloquent, detailed-yet-concise resume draft that, surely, will be instrumental in your landing that next amazing job.

There’s just one thing yet to do, to make sure your resume is truly as awesome as it can be: proofread and edit that baby.

Easy enough, right?
Just send a copy of your resume to everyone in your contact list, from mom to your old coworker from four years ago, asking for feedback.

Slow down there, champ. Chances are, you’re probably sending it to way too many people, which means that in a couple days, you’ll be deluged with corrections and advice, some of which may be contradictory or uninformed. The more pairs of eyes you have looking at your resume — and the more people giving advice all at once — the more confused or overwhelmed you’re likely going to become.

Does that mean you shouldn’t ask for input? Absolutely not. Getting people you know and trust to review your masterpiece will help take some bias out of your edits and may evoke ideas you hadn’t even considered. And, of course, there’s the issue of getting your resume through the scanning software (also known as an applicant tracking system). This is a skill in itself. You’ll want to get feedback from someone who knows how they work, and can help you set up your resume in a way that plays nice with the ATS, so that you get a shot with the human decision makers.

So definitely get some input from others. Just limit the number of people you ask.

Instead of asking everyone and their brother for feedback, focus on these three people:

1. Someone who is a grammar wiz

Maybe it’s your copy editor sister-in-law, or maybe it’s that one friend who corrects your grammar all. the. time (texts and social media posts included). Find someone who knows you well and can also weed out any accidental typos or stray commas. This way, you get the personal level feedback, while also getting those nitty-gritty technical edits out of the way.

Killing two birds with one stone. Double whammy. Whatever you want to call it, this person is a must.

However, this reviewer (probably) can’t help you with edits that will help ensure your resume passes (successfully) through the applicant tracking system when you apply online. Unless he or she has experience or knowledge about the system, you won’t likely find much counsel from your grammar wiz friend about this aspect of the process.

2. A recruiter or HR person

These are the reviewers who will likely know what’s what in terms of the resume scanning software, and can give very helpful input specific to what to put on your resume (or what not to include). They’re going to know how to evaluate the structure and format of your new resume, advise on its odds of passing through the applicant tracking software, and help you fix the “red flag” areas.

This is crucial. Getting past this software is paramount for every job seeker using online application processes as part of their job search. Most often — especially with mid- to large-sized firms — your resume won’t get into the hands of an actual human until it passes successfully through the resume scanning software.

Don’t be one of those applicants. Beat the system, and have a recruiter or HR friend help you edit your resume to passing glory.

These people also often know what the hiring manager wants to hear and how hiring decisions are made, so they may also be able to give you guidance on how to captivate your target audience. They may even know the hiring manager to whom you’re sending your application to, and can help you target the resume to that specific individual or team.

And finally…

3. A hiring manager or executive leader

Often, this is the only type of person job seekers turn to for resume feedback or advice, and this can be a mistake. A hiring manager, executive, or other higher-up leader in an company or industry will, of course, be able to tell you what he or she is looking for in an applicant or what they like to see on a resume. A hiring manager can also likely share specifics on what makes a resume a standout and how you can make sure yours is one of them.

On the flip side — and this is something a lot of people probably never consider — hiring managers and executives often don’t really know much about how the resume scanning software works. These players, when they finally do see the resumes coming through, only see them after they pass through said software, which means you’re not likely to get helpful advice from them on how to get through the system in the first place. In fact, they may even encourage you to make edits that will make your resume less applicant tracking system-friendly. And that won’t be a good thing.

So, you can see why it’s important to have more than one person review and share feedback on your masterpiece. But be strategic about it, and specific.

Applying for jobs is already stressful, so you don’t need 10 different emails coming in telling you how to fix your resume. It’s overwhelming. It’s unnecessary.

And it could leave you more confused than at ease with your final product.

Pick your people wisely. Thank them profusely. And then?

Follow your gut on which edits to incorporate in that dazzling final product … Or you can take the easier way out and leave it all up to us! Well us and our resume writer Gina Harris!! You can contact her for a no-cost review, she will shoot you straight, see what a fellow pharmacy professional has to say about Gina’s work …

Please also see the following testimonial Gina just received from another very satisfied PharmacyWeek member!!

“Gina Harris has written and revised my professional cv on multiple occasions. Ms. Harris is professional, driven for excellence, authentic, personable and has the innate talent to capture one’s years of experience to construct a resume that shall stand out amongst the crowd. Ms. Harris captures the essence of the applicant and each document submitted for final review is personally fashioned to resonate the candidate’s experience, talent and ability to perform the duties of the job description.

Ms. Harris came highly recommended to me from Kevin Mero and PharmacyWeek and is in high demand for her work. I cannot recommend another individual to perform the task at hand should you be interested.”

Megan V

Director of Pharmacy

Do you want to know the demand (or surplus) for Pharmacists by State, Region, or Setting? Want to know what’s trending? Ever hear of the Aggregate Demand Index?

National Pharmacist Demand
Average Response
(High Surplus) 1.0 — 5.0 (High Demand)

Mar 2016 Last Month Change
2.94 2.87 0.07
This Month
Last Year
3.62 -0.68

Demand Categories

5 = High demand: difficult to fill open positions
4 = Moderate demand: some difficulty filling open positions
3 = Demand in balance with supply
2 = Demand is less than the pharmacist supply available
1 = Demand is much less than the pharmacist supply available


Aggregate Demand Index Newsletter – May 2016 (for March 2016 data)

March 2016 Summary

The overall ADI for March 2016 was 2.94, up slightly from 2.87 in February. These overall averages are ‘population adjusted’ to weight for individual state populations; the unweighted or unadjusted average of the state-level average ratings reported by panelists was 3.00.

Do you want to know the latest information on the status of every new and existing College and School of Pharmacy?

The Accreditation History link below each program listed includes Review Period, Review Type, Board Action, and Status. You can also see Programs Up For Review too!

Preaccredited and Accredited Professional Programs of Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy

ASHP-ACPE Collaboration Will Advance Quality of Technician Education, Training
PTAC Launch Announcement
PTAC Frequently Asked Questions

Changes expand flexibility in experiential practice settings and compounding activities

260,000+ Facebook Friends & Fans! Our Facebook page surpassed 260,000 friends and fans and we’re ecstatic!!

Our LinkedIn and Facebook groups just continue to grow rapidly and now exceed 300,000 members. If you want to laugh (or at least smile!) please “Like” our Facebook group. If you would like a more serious side of pharmacy, more discussion and our latest job posts, please join our LinkedIn group. Please feel free to spread the word too!!

We added 900+ new jobs last week! You can see them all here but also please check out the following HOT ones. I would also appreciate you forwarding this email on to anyone who is looking for a new opportunity. Thank you very much!!

Welcome to the following new advertisers!

Johns Hopkins Home Care Group Baltimore, MD

PacificSource Health Plans ID, MT, OR, WA

Lakeview Specialty Hospital & Rehab Waterford, WI

Capital Medical Center Olympia, WA

Eastern New Mexico Medical Center Roswell, NM

Healthcare Partners, IPA New York, NY

Baptist Hospital of South Florida, Miami area

Central California Alliance for Health, Scotts Valley, CA

Confluence Health, Wenatchee, WA


Valley Children’s Healthcare, Madera, CA

Mission Health, Asheville, NC

Jackson Pharmacy Professionals, Nationwide

Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, MD

CareerStaff Rx, Nationwide

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, Baton Rouge, LA

Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital, Willits, CA Adventist Health

Froedtert Health & Medical College of WI, Milwaukee, WI

Guam Regional Medical City, Dededo, Guam

Mackinac Straits Health System, St Ignace, MI

Samaritan Health Services, Corvallis, OR

Skagit Regional Health, Mount Vernon, WA

Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Prescott, AZ


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.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
All Children’s Hospital
Baptist Hospital of South Florida
Boston Medical Center
CareerStaff Rx
Central Admixture Pharmacy Services
Centura Health
Commonwealth Health Corporation
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS)
Confluence Health
Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS)
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System
Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital
Froedtert Health
Genoa, A QoL Healthcare Company
Greenville Health System
Innovatix / GNYHA
Intermountain Healthcare (UT and SE ID)
Jackson Pharmacy Professionals
Johns Hopkins Home Care Group
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Lahey Health
Navitus Health Solutions
OnePoint Patient Care
Pharmacy Systems, Inc.
PHI Pharmacy
Providence Health & Services
RPh Professional Search
Saint Thomas Health
Samaritan Health Services
Script N Go
Sentara (SE VA and NE NC)
Skagit Regional Health
Soleo Health
Spectrum Health
St Helena Hospital Napa Valley
Swedish Medical Center
The Queen’s Medical Center
Triad Isotopes, Inc.
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
UCLA Health
University of Utah
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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