Is your job search dragging on for too long? Not getting enough pharmacist job interview requests? Were you recently overlooked for a position you were qualified for? These are tell-tale signs that your pharmacist resume is holding you back. Here’s a list of the 7 most common pharmacist resume mistakes that I see everyday:
- Formatting-Too many pharmacists are opening with a generic objective statement rather than a powerful professional summary.
- Length-I see new graduates with 7-page resumes, and I see experienced pharmacy directors with 1-page resumes. The former is overselling themselves, and the latter is underselling themselves.The sweet spot is 2-3 pages in length. If it goes beyond 3 pages you haven’t streamlined it enough.
- Including personal information-you shouldn’t be disclosing your nationality, marital status, age, or hobbies on a professional resume.
- Underselling yourself-There are many highly qualified pharmacists whose resume criminally undersells their value, and, in turn, halts their career trajectory.
- Not emphasizing the results of your work- The vast majority of pharmacists talk about their day-to-day tasks rather than focus on the impact they’ve made and the results they’ve seen through performing their duties. Results. Results. Results.
- Lacking focus-There is no one-size-fits-all resume. If you’re sending the same resume to both clinical and retail positions, the chances are high that you aren’t marketing yourself effectively to either. Take the extra time to streamline your resume’s focus to the position you are applying for. If you are seeking a clinical position, then you need to focus everything about your resume towards that objective.
- Lacking a powerful introduction-The first half page is your resume’s prime real estate. It’s your beach front property. You MUST catch the reader’s attention within roughly 8 seconds to get noticed. That first half-page should contain your career’s most impressive accomplishments. Here is what a powerful introduction looks like.