PharmacyThisWeek: How Many Options Are Too Many Options / 21K+ Jobs / Most Popular

July 31, 2018

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Welcome to PharmacyThisWeek!

Have you sat down, maybe recently, to create or update your resume — only to find yourself paralyzed because you’re afraid to hard-angle it toward one particular type of role?

Maybe you’re thinking, “I just want to keep all of my options open right now.”

And that’s understandable. Options are great. In fact, I’m on a plane as I write this and the flight attendant just asked me if I wanted regular vodka or grapefruit vodka. (YES, turns out grapefruit vodka is a thing. And, be assured, I went with it.)

My point — You don’t want to be so stringent in your mindset that you miss out on something unexpectedly great, just because you were locked in on that ONE thing.

However (You knew a “but” was coming) …

If you try to keep piles of possibilities open for yourself (“I think I want to work in academia, but I might want to go back into operations. But I really love teaching, so maybe I should be a trainer …”), it’s going to be incredibly hard to create a resume that makes it instantly clear to the people on the receiving end how and why you make sense.

And, if you don’t make sense to the decision makers (very quickly), guess where your resume goes?

Into the big, fat NO pile.

And that’s one option you for sure aren’t aiming for.

(BTW, the grapefruit vodka? Oh, heck yes.)

The bummer reality is that, even though we all really wish that those reviewing our resumes would magically connect the dots for us — and make the correlations between what we’ve done and what we could do? They’re not going to.

They won’t, because they don’t have to. For every role you apply for, there’s going to be one, five or 25 other people in the mix who have resumes that make it very easy for the reviewer to see an obvious skills and experience match.

These are the people who will land the interview first.

These are the people who speak directly to the target audience. They’ve studied what the jobs they’re applying for require, and what potential employers value, and they’re introducing themselves as a “smack-in-the-forehead” obvious match.

They aren’t trying to cover all of their bases.

They aren’t trying to keep all options open.

They understand that, when you try to speak to multiple, disparate audience at once, you dilute the power of your message across every single channel.

These are the people you’re competing with, for every job.

So you’ve got to bring your A-game.

That said, if you’ve been trying to keep multiple options open (for fear of missing out on something), here’s what you might do instead:

Choose an Avenue A.

What’s the most likely or most desired next move for you? Consider making this your main focus for the next 30 days (or whatever time increment works for you).

When you do this, it becomes so much easier to craft a resume that speaks directly to your target audience, and illustrates how you line up with the most common deliverables for that type of job.

It will also simplify how you go about your search, because you won’t feel completely overwhelmed as you look at teaching jobs, operations jobs, trainer jobs, etc.

But won’t I miss out on something?

Probably not. Setting an Avenue A certainly doesn’t mean you can’t entertain other options should they present themselves (ahem, grapefruit vodka). Heavens, no.

Instead, it eases the process of creating or updating your resume, and will help keep you focused on a day-to-day basis.

You can always modify that core resume if an opportunity comes along that’s a bit outside of your primary focus area. But, by having a target message, you’ll make it a whole lot easier for people to “get” what you’re all about.

And when people “get” you?

You get the interview.


Need help achieving that perfect ATS-friendly resume/CV? Would you like a no-cost review?

We have an amazing and gifted resume writer who, in addition to being an expert in the field of writers, also just happens to be a Pharmacist as well! Her name is Susan Stanley, PharmD, CPRW. She is specializing in resumes and CVs just for pharmacy professionals. Susan is offering a significant discount (up to 30%) to PharmacyWeek members. If you are interested in a no-cost review, or are ready for a re-write now, please email me your resume/CV at kevin@pharmacyweek.com and I will forward it to Susan, you may also see Susan’s ad below.

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Wow, Susan, this looks amazing! I think your presentation of me will make a world of difference :). Thank you!!

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Just in case you missed recent issues of PharmacyThisWeek, here are the most popular!!

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2018 Pharmacy Compensation Survey — Staff Pharmacist-Retail DROPPED, 1st time ever / Healthcare Retail-Satellite Pharmacist increased 23% 2016-2018 / Hospital Technicians earn 54% more than Retail Technicians

Pharmacy Student Tipping Point Accelerating / Every Metric DOWN Except Attrition Rate – Highest EVER!!


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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
Acer Innovation
All Children’s Hospital
Apexus
Baptist Hospital of South Florida
Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD)
BizEx
Boston Medical Center
Cameron and Company, Inc.
CareerStaff Rx
Cedars-Sinai
Central Admixture Pharmacy Services
CardinalHealth
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS)
Confluence Health
Cookeville Regional Medical Center
Cox Health
CVS Health
Diplomat Pharmacy
Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS)
Express Scripts
Froedtert Health
Genoa Healthcare
Greenville Health System
HCA
Intermountain Healthcare (UT and SE ID)
Jackson Pharmacy Professionals
JFK Medical Center
Johns Hopkins Home Care Group
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
Kroger
Lahey Health
Lee Health
Marshfield Clinic Health System
Medipreneurs
Memorial Healthcare System
Mission Health
Navitus Health Solutions
OnePoint Patient Care
Pharmacist Moms Group
Pharmacy Systems, Inc.
Pharmapreneur Academy
PHI Pharmacy
ProHealth Care
Providence Health & Services
RPh Professional Search
Rx relief
Samaritan Health Services
Sentara (SE VA and NE NC)
Skagit Regional Health
Soleo Health
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
The Happy PharmD Summit
The Investing Tutor
UC Davis Health
UCLA Health
UHG/OptumRx
University of Utah
Veterans Administration
Vizient
Walgreens

I hope everyone has a great week! You can always reach me at my email or cell number below, thanks!!

Kevin Mero
President
kevin@pharmacyweek.com
cell: 210 872-6160

P.S. As of today we have 21,000+ Pharmacy jobs at PharmacyWeek.com! We now have more pharmacy jobs than LinkedIn, Indeed, and Google COMBINED!!

 

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