PharmacyThisWeek: Practice Self-Care During a Job Search / 4,100 New & 13,000+ Total Jobs

April 11, 2017


Welcome to PharmacyThisWeek!

Here we are.

We’re past the first quarter, a quarter that people so often start with zest, hope and promise — and end in frustration or despair, when things don’t unfold precisely how we vowed or envisioned they would.

People don’t respond to our job applications as fast as we want. Interviews are tougher than expected. We’re tired from life’s obligations, and struggling to carve time out to look for something new or better.

Maybe you’re sad. Maybe you’re angry. Maybe you’re just flat-out all set at this point. (I know at least a few of you are; I’ve talked with you.)

If any of this sounds remotely familiar, I urge you to ask yourself this question:

How well am I caring for myself right now?

I”m not asking you to contemplate “How’s my job search strategy?” Or, “How much harder could I be trying?” Or, “How bad is my luck here?”

I’m asking, “Scale of 1 to 10, how do I rate myself when it comes to both inner and outer self-care?”

So many of us put ourselves dead last when it comes to nurturing our bodies, our minds and our spirits. We tend to our children, we make sure our friends and family members’ needs are all met, we volunteer for stuff we don’t want to volunteer for, we attend functions we don’t want to attend … we go and we go and we go … until there’s absolutely nothing left for ourselves.

Or sometimes, we feel like it’s plain selfish to put our well-being at the front of the line.

And so we just don’t.

The problem here is this — When you let stress pile up (and I think we’ll all agree that, even under the best of circumstances, job search and career pivots are pretty darned stressful), it will ultimately slow you down, at best. At worst, it’ll completely take over your ability to function.

And if you’re looking for a new job in 2017, “ability to function” is fairly high on the “must have” list.

Folks, self-care is not decadent. It’s not selfish, it’s not woo-woo, it’s not even a little bit silly.

I can tell you this from personal experience.

2016 was, in many ways, a fiasco for my family and me.

What got us through?

Aside from faith, stubbornness and more than a glass or two of Cabernet, it was deliberate self-care — even when it felt selfish, woo-woo or a little bit silly. My wife started yoga (kicking and screaming all the way to the second class), and now practices 3-4 days a week. I blocked out semi-regular time in my calendar for pleasure reading, listening to music and hiking.

I tried green tea (now drink 2 cups each day). I paid attention to what I ate.

I even stuck a toe into meditation, a practice that I’m just getting started with, so I’ll have to report back on how it goes.

I’m not suggesting these things miraculously transformed every stressful situation like some magical wand. We had some true doozies of stretches for a while there. But I will say without hesitation that unapologetic self-care helped make some of those “I can’t take one more day of this” moments feel more like, “This rather sucks. I should take a few deep breaths and ease my way through it” moments.

How this relates to you

If you’re in the middle of a job search or career pivot, you’re going to operate much, much (muuuuccch) more effectively if you’ve got some semblance of calm, energy, mental clarity and physical stamina. You may not feel like Wonder Woman every day (or Hercules), for certain. This is tough stuff. But, by deliberately (and regularly) creating space for enjoyment, rest and well-being, you’ll give yourself a fighting chance.

If you’re feeling frustration or burnout already in 2017, consider finding two things this week to say no to, and two things (that are all about you) to say yes to. That’s literally all this takes — a starting point.

Even if it’s just little by little, beginning to cultivate a habit of self-care (no matter how weird it feels) may not only be your ticket to sanity now; it also could play a vital role in accelerating the time between today and your first day at a great new job in 2017.

Take it from the guy who now swears by it, we have 13,109 ways to help you get there!!


Pharmacist Demand Indicator (Highest Demand AK / Lowest Demand NV)

PDI by State
PDI by Region
PDI by Setting


The Pharmacist Demand Indicator (PDI) reports perceptions of the demand for pharmacists among a panel of individuals that participate in the hiring of pharmacists on a direct and regular basis.


National Pharmacist Demand
Average Response
December 2016

Overall PDI Generalist/Staff Managers Specialized
Unweighted 3.09 3.26 3.29
Population Adjusted 3.11 3.41 3.34
Response Weighted 3.09 3.21 3.28
  • The unweighted value is the simple average of each state average rating for panelists reporting.
  • The population-adjusted (weighted) value is the aggregation of each state-level average rating from panelists weighted by the State population, based on the 2011 Census.
  • The response weighted value reflects the average when the number of responses across the states varied.


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


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We are really adding a LOT of new jobs lately, 4,100+ last week alone! You can see them all here but also please check out the following NEW advertisers. 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!

Soleo Health, Sharon Hill, PA

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Physicians for Healthy Hospitals, Hemet, CA


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
Board Certification Program In Medical Affairs
Boston Medical Center
CareerStaff Rx
Central Admixture Pharmacy Services
Centura Health
Commonwealth Health Corporation
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS)
Confluence Health
Cox Health
CVS 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
Intermountain Healthcare (UT and SE ID)
Jackson Pharmacy Professionals
JFK Medical Center
Johns Hopkins Home Care Group
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Lahey Health
Navitus Health Solutions
OnePoint Patient Care
Pharmacy Systems, Inc.
Pharmapreneur Academy
PHI Pharmacy
Preferred Homecare
Premier, Inc.
Providence Health & Services
RPh Professional Search
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
Tahoe Forest Hospital District
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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