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PharmacyThisWeek: How to Begin Your Job Search / No-Cost Resume Review / 22K+ Jobs

August 28, 2018



Welcome to PharmacyThisWeek!

We talk with job seekers — across virtually every clinical and business level — all week long. A lot of our clients are those who haven’t had to (or haven’t chosen to) look for a new role in a very long time, or ever. Given this, it’s absolutely no surprise when the first question they ask goes something like this:

“Where do I even begin with all of this?”

This very question can paralyze the best among us, especially if it’s been a long time since you went through a job search.

If you’re feeling this way, where do you start?

Do you fix your resume up first? (If so we can help with a no cost review!) Do you call a recruiter? Enlist your network? Or, do you start firing out application after application, so you can feel like you’re actually DOING something?

No, maybe, yes and no.

The three most common mistakes that new job seekers make (right out of the gates) are:

  1. Frantically (and blindly) apply for a gazillion advertised positions
  2. Racing to update their resumes before they’ve even figured out their target role(s)
  3. Assuming they can dial up a headhunter / recruiter and let her do the heavy lifting

Let’s break down why these moves can be problematic, and then talk about better ways to get started (and keep progressing) in job search.

Making “Apply Online” Your Entire Strategy

When your entire job search method involves staring at the screen of your computer or mobile device for hours on end, madly scrolling to find jobs of interest, then blindly applying to posted positions, you’re going about things in an incredibly passive manner. You’re also competing with roughly 503,941 other people for that same spot (give or take).

And, you very well may be leaving it in the hands of a computer (resume scanning software, or the ATS) to decide if you’re enough of a match for that role to move on for human review.

In other words, you’ve got more than one gatekeeper involved, and one of them is a computer.

While this method of job search may seem like your lowest-hanging fruit option, if it’s the only way you’re going about this, you may add all kinds of time and frustration to the hunt.

What to Do Instead:

It’s far wiser to sit down (at the beginning of your job search), think through your specific goals and then consider some more active, networking-based ways to accomplish them.

For instance, maybe you’re looking to land a new job in a hospital after having worked in retail within a large corporation for a few years. Your plan of attack might include figuring out who you might introduce yourself to (or ask someone to make an introduction), so that you may get a bit more information about hospital jobs. Or, maybe you’ll want to research the five best health systems in your area, and focus on hyper-targeting these facilites.

Perhaps you decide to join a professional association for health systems people and find out when their next networking event is. Maybe you schedule a few informational interviews. You get the drift.

And, if you do decide to also apply for jobs via online application (I’m not saying don’t EVER do this, by the way and of course always use PharmacyWeek.com, lol!), consider an extra step that could help you accelerate the process: Once you’ve completed the online application, go see if you have any first or second-degree connections on LinkedIn who work at that organization, and work to endear yourself directly to them.

Establishing and leveraging an “in” can catapult you right over those 503,941 others in the resume pile.

Updating Your Resume (Before Deciding What You Want)

The second mistake is one that many, many (so many) professionals make, usually because they assume they cannot do a thing until they have a current resume. Certainly, this is an understandable mindset. I mean, how to you start applying for jobs without a current resume, right?

Right. However, how are you going to create an impactful marketing document (which is what your resume is) if you don’t yet have clarity on who you’re talking to, or what they’re going to need you to walk through their doors and deliver?

It’s impossible. It’d be like trying to market baby formula to everyone on the planet vs. figuring out who is the most likely purchaser of baby formula and then speaking directly to those things you believe will compel these consumers to purchase your product.

You’re the baby formula in this instance. Recruiters and hiring managers are the consumers. And the purchase decision you’re looking for is, “Invite you in for an interview.”

When you try to speak to everyone, you end up diluting the impact of your message across every channel.

What to Do Instead:

No one is going to deduce how or why you make sense for a role. You have GOT to make this smack-in-the-forehead obvious to recruiters and hiring managers. The best way to achieve this? Understand who you’re talking to, and what they’re going to care the most about. And then, assuming your skills and experience align, make sure that your resume highlights the specific things this audience seems to value the most.

Again, what’s going to prompt the purchase decision?

How do you figure out what they’re going to care the most about? Here at PharmacyWeek.com, our writer, Susan Stanley, PharmD, will typically ask her resume clients to share 3-5 job descriptions that represent the type or types of roles they’re most interested in. And then she’ll look for patterns, or most common overlaps.

For instance, maybe three of the five job descriptions call for someone with strong problem solving skills. Well, then. We now know that (assuming it’s accurate to do so) we need to introduce you as a strong problem solver. Or, maybe over and over again the jobs are looking for advanced clinical skills. Great, you have them. We make sure it’s crystal clear. It’s kind of like reverse engineering — You study what these jobs call for and then you use this info to inform your decisions on what you share in the resume.

Very hard to do if you don’t yet know what type(s) of job(s) you’re targeting.

Assuming the Headhunter Has it Covered

Before I get going on this one, I’ll clarify that I was and still am a recruiter, or headhunter. I’ve been one for 30+ years. Given this, I absolutely don’t think it’s a bad idea to work with recruiters when you’re trying to change jobs or your career path.

The good ones can be pure gold.

What I do see sometimes, however, are people who think that recruiters are like their personal talent agents. This is not how much recruiting works. Recruiters (agency ones) are typically paid by corporate clients to fill specific open positions. And, they’re only paid when they find the best match for that role (the person who gets hired).

Recruiters aren’t shopping individual professionals around to bunches of different companies. Instead, they’re trying to find perfect-fit people to slot into these very specific openings they’ve been assigned. Important differentiation.

That said, if you are thinking you can kick back once you get a couple of recruiters on it for you, you could be looking at a lengthy job search.

What to Do Instead:

The best way to work with a recruiter is to find one (or more) who have strong knowledge of your industry or specialization, and whose clients tend to hire people in positions like the one you’re looking for. For instance, I’ve work in nothing but the pharmacy industry. Our clients are all companies in health systems, retail, mail order, LTC, or Nuclear.

If you’re looking for a job in pharmacy, I’d be the type of person to call. If you’re a project manager trying to shift into a marketing agency role, you’re going to be better served by googling a few options (or asking around) for recruiting agencies within the marketing / creative sector.

Once you find one, you can simply contact that agency and say, “I’m a project manager with strong marketing aptitude. It looks like your clients might have needs that align with my background. Would it make sense to chat?”

Assuming the conversation progresses (and the recruiter agrees that it makes sense to work together), you will now have an extra set of eyeballs on the lookout for you. Don’t, however, mistakenly think that it’s time to kick back.

Continue running all of the other job search angles you’ve got going.

There is no one best way to go about job search. There are, however, many ineffective and inefficient ways, including the three outlined above. You want to stay away from these and, instead, work like mad to integrate strategies and tactics that will enable you to step out there with a strong, relevant message and align yourself with people who can help you out along the way.

No one loves job search. But it’s a heck of a lot more tolerable when you start seeing progress.

Don’t get paralyzed. Get organized.


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.

Be sure and use discount code PWKMRF14 when you contact Susan. Again, there is no cost for her to review what you have or for her to give you her opinion.

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

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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
Baptist Hospital of South Florida
Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD)
Boston Medical Center
Cameron and Company, Inc.
CareerStaff Rx
Central Admixture Pharmacy Services
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
Intermountain Healthcare (UT and SE ID)
Jackson Pharmacy Professionals
JFK Medical Center
Johns Hopkins Home Care Group
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
Lahey Health
Lee Health
Marshfield Clinic Health System
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
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

P.S. As of today we have 22,000+ Pharmacy jobs at PharmacyWeek.com! We now have more pharmacy jobs than LinkedIn, Indeed, and Google COMBINED!!


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2 Comments → “PharmacyThisWeek: How to Begin Your Job Search / No-Cost Resume Review / 22K+ Jobs”

  1. Kevin Ghadiri 4 months ago  

    Can you please email me the actual certificate?

    • pharmacyweek123 4 months ago  


      What certificate are you referring too? If easier please email be at kevin@pharmacyweek.com thanks!!

      Kevin Mero