5 Accomplishments to Make your Pharmacist Resume Stand Out
If you google "Pharmacist resume template", you'll find a lot of resume models filled with roles and responsibilities such as:
- Educated customers on medications and proper administration.
- Complied with procedures, rules, and regulations governing maintenance of a safe and clean work environment, as well as laws regulating pharmacy practices.
- Maintained accurate patient records, including dosage information and directions for use.
- Actively involved in the evaluation of clinical protocols and therapeutic management.
- Monitored appropriate blood work for appropriate drugs.
- Interpret and intervene with physicians to clarify medication orders.
That seems about right, no?
But there's a problem. A huge problem, actually. Think of the pharmacists that you know. How many of them have done similar things? Probably most of them. Because that's pretty much what being a pharmacist is all about. There are differences here and there, but roles and responsibilities will often overlap. So if your resume is very close to a typical "pharmacist resume template", how is that helping you get interviews? After all, the best resumes are distinctive. They make you stand out, not blend in!
So here's a little something to help you make your resume stand out. It's based on the 3 Laws of Resume Writing. And it's not material that I made up. I found it by carefully studying good pharmacist resumes.
5 Pharmacist Accomplishments to Make your Resume Distinctive
- Increased prescription count by an average of 11% per year through increased customer service and pharmacy efficiency. (When the value is directly tied to financial gains, business owners will pay attention.)
- Installed and improved pharmacy automation system, which translated to significant time savings. (This demonstrates a desire to make things work better, which is a plus. But without the last bit about time savings, this would lose a lot of punch. It's critical to highlight the benefit, not just what you did.)
- Assisted with non-pharmacist employee development and training, and supervised as many as 6 individuals per shift. (Leadership experience is always positive. Potential employers want things to move forward, and it's easier to do when you have leaders and coaches around.)
- Awarded District Pharmacist of the Year for creation of plan improving customer experience and employee engagement across stores. (Honors and awards are an objective testimony to the quality of your work. It's something a hiring manager can trust.)
- Played key role in barcode system implementation which systematically reduced medication errors. (The last part of that sentence is where the value is found. Don't assume your reader will "deduce" the good stuff. Point it out clearly. That's what accomplishments are about!)
The benefit is the key component of each accomplishment: improved operations, more money, demonstrated leadership and reliability, ... Accomplishments like these are the most critical pieces of your resume. Now read that last sentence again, because that's the best resume advice you'll get this month.
If you're a fantastic employee but your resume is silent on many of your accomplishments, you'll end up behind a good employee whose accomplishments are all clearly laid out.
And for that matter, an average employee with weak accomplishments better know how to network, since the resume alone won't pull its weight. (Actually, networking skills are critical to everyone's job hunt. But let's stick with the topic, if you don't mind.)
Accomplishments are where it's at. When you solve a problem, reduce costs, make something better/simpler/faster, when you show initiative, it has to be on your resume, without being drowned out by too many roles and responsibilities (i.e. the "we've-all-done-it" resume template material). In my view, half of the energy and time spent on your resume should be focused on your accomplishments. To write good accomplishments, you need to think of what your potential employer is thinking about (problems solved, better results, and so on) and emphasize that.
If you go through 20 resumes of your peers, you'll certainly find great accomplishments that you could adapt on your resume. I truly believe that is time well spent.
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