PharmacyThisWeek: Curiosity & Successful Networking / 2,500+ New & 13k+ Total Jobs

October 24, 2017



Welcome to PharmacyThisWeek!

I’ve always been curious. Probably annoyingly so at some points in my life.

Me, age 6: “But, how does Santa carry so many toys in one sleigh? Or, does he go back and forth to the North Pole all night long and reload?”

Me, age 13: “Why is the periodic table laid out that way? Why not in alphabetical order?”

Me, age 21: “Why does the fraternity call this mandatory meeting an ‘enrichment session,’ if we’re just sitting around learning how to pour beer the right way?”

But, even through those periods during which my friends, teachers and family members were probably hoping to God I’d just stop with all the inquiring, I will tell you this straight up:

My curiosity has been well worth it.

And (fortunately for all involved), through the years, I’ve cultivated a style and a purpose with my curiosity that, today, doesn’t create eye roll or irritation among others (at least I don’t think so). Instead, it often sparks engaging discussions, enables me to learn new things, and — importantly — leads to incredible opportunities.

Curiosity led me into recruiting, which led me to launch, which led me to build thriving businesses, with clients all over the globe. Curiosity helped me meet my wife (unexpectedly, at work).

Curiosity has also made my professional networking a whole lot easier, and it can make yours easier, too.

Think about this: People love being acknowledged positively. They love when they’re noticed for their work, their style, their successes, you name it.

We all live for validation.

By asking people about themselves and their work, you’re validating them. By being genuinely curious about someone (and listening intently to their stories and input), you can accomplish much:

  • You can build a relationship that may be long-lasting and beneficial.
  • If you’re a job seeker and speaking with employees of an employer of interest or thought leaders in your field, you may gather information that helps you refine your approach or strategy.
  • You may even unearth an opportunity that you’d not have even known about had it not been for this conversation (Just remember: Curiosity does not equal “foisting my resume into someone’s hands when they’ve not asked for it.”)

Curiosity also offers a secondary (yet important) benefit that the more introverted or shy job seekers tend to really appreciate:

It makes networking so much easier, and less anxiety provoking.

How much calmer are you going to feel the next time you’re walking into a networking event, informational interview, or picking up the phone to call a friend-of-a-friend who works at an employer of interest if you can frame the conversation as a casual chat aimed at learning more about someone (and the cool things they’re doing at work)?

In other words, how much pressure will it take off of you if you can enter the conversation with the goal of learning more about another person, and listening intently as she shares her stories (rather than being all about your agenda)?

Answer: A lot easier, and likely more beneficial.

This isn’t to say you shouldn’t capitalize on an opportunity, or make an appropriate ask if the conversation leads to this. And it certainly doesn’t mean that the chat won’t shift to “all things you” at some point. But it’s easier to stick a toe in with curiosity than cannonball your way in by asking for a big favor (that may be “too much” at the earliest stages of getting to know someone).

Now, you may be sitting there thinking, “Slow your roll, Kevin. What if I’m not naturally curious like you?”

Good question. Here’s the good news:

Curiosity can be cultivated.

That’s right, you can grow your curiosity. Or, like I did after years of being that pesky kid who asks too many questions: you can refine it.

While there are books and articles as far as the cows come home about how to do just this, here are three very simple things to try as you get started:

1. Don’t just sit on the surface with people

How many times have you been in a networking conversation that feels just, well, plastic-y? Like, it’s the smallest small talk known to the world of small talk and no one’s taking the conversation anywhere other than right on the surface? Yuck. Now, I’m not suggesting that you pry right into personal details with strangers (don’t), but try asking follow up questions as the person across from you shares his stories and experiences.

2. Listen intently

Being curious doesn’t mean just coming up with good questions. Your great inquiries will mean little if you blip out just as the other person starts to answer you. Don’t spend so much time thinking about what you’re going to say next that you miss the opportunity to listen intently. Please don’t listen to speak, listen to hear!

3. Think creatively of ways to use the learnings

Learning stuff is great. Putting the stuff you learn to use is even better. Once you’ve exited a networking conversation, spend some time thinking about that discussion, and how you might be able to use the information you took out of the meeting.

For instance, maybe you learned something about a job opportunity or hiring manager that calls for a shift in your approach or strategy. Or, maybe something that was said sparks an idea that you didn’t have prior to the session. Or, perhaps you think of a way that you might help the other person out. Whatever it may be, find ways to use the learnings.

Networking can feel so scary and disingenuous when you’re looking for a new job. By infusing curiosity into your repertoire, you’ll reduce the terror factor, your conversations will feel more genuine, and you may just walk away with something incredibly useful.

(Or, heck, even a new friend.)

Pharmacist Demand Indicator

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
Quarter 2, 2017

Overall PDI Generalist/Staff Managers Specialized
Unweighted 3.11 3.29 2.93
Population Adjusted 3.15 3.33 3.04
Response Weighted 3.08 3.28 2.94
  • 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


Public Interest Panel Review of Professional Degree Programs

The ACPE Public Interest Panel met on June 14, 2017, to discuss the professional degree programs scheduled for review by the ACPE Board of Directors …

Chicago moves closer to easing pharmacist workload

Chicago has moved a step closer to placing major restrictions on pharmacist workloads in a bid to improve consumer safety.

‘Alexa, order my meds’ — start-up NowRx pioneers prescription refills through Alexa and Google Home

NowRx wants to make standing in line at the pharmacy a thing of the past.

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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.

Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs (ACMA)
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
All Children’s Hospital
Baptist Hospital of South Florida
Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD)
Boston Medical Center
Cameron and Company, Inc.
CareerStaff Rx
Central Admixture Pharmacy Services
Commonwealth Health Corporation
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS)
Confluence Health
Cox Health
CVS Health
Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS)
Express Scripts
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System
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
St Helena Hospital Napa Valley
Tahoe Forest Hospital District
The Queen’s Medical Center
Triad Isotopes, Inc.
UCLA Health
University of Utah
Veterans Administration
Walgreens – Central Pharmacy Operations

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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