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In Allotment 1, we discussed the aggressive pharmacy job market, and the accent of, and tips for a able resume. Now, we will advice you get through the account process, so you can acreage your retail pharmacist job.
I batten with about 20 commune and bounded pharmacy leaders, and recruiters of ample chains, and acquire lots of abundant cabal information, and tips to share. Afore I go into that, I would aloof like to add several claimed pieces of my own advice—the aboriginal is apropos corpuscle phones.
I acquire spent abounding hours with commune pharmacy admiral over the years on accepted visits while at work. It is accessible that several times over the advance of an hour, they will acquire important buzz calls that they cannot ignore, and an account will abeyance momentarily. Abstain the allurement to attending at your phone! If you acquire to leave your buzz in the car, by all means, do it. If you are interviewing in an office, delay patiently, blade through aggregation abstracts if they are available. If you are interviewing appropriate there in a pharmacy, while the administrator is demography a call, acquire a chat with a pharmacist or technicians. Be affianced and ask questions—show you are interested! Scrolling through a buzz shows that you are distracted, and not actually engaged. Also, abstain attractive at your watch, or leave the watch at home.
Second allotment of my own advice—if you acquire a PharmD, this does not accomplish you aloft those who acquire a BS. One pharmacist emailed me cogent of a appellant who did NOT get the job. Why? Because he was talking about article and said, “You wouldn’t get it, you don’t acquire a PharmD.” Even if your astronomic consistently told you how abundant you are, you are not bigger than your abeyant coworkers. Don’t arise in with an attitude. Communicate that you will be a aggregation player—you will advice the techs because they advice you, and they are an important allotment of the team. Without them, you will drown. So, don’t accomplish them angry. Bring them coffee and donuts, and be acceptable to them. Say ‘thank you’ back they go the added mile or break backward for you.
Third allotment of advice—be on time for your interview, 5-10 account aboriginal (no beforehand than that, or you will aloof be in the way). Do not be late. If you are late, you adeptness as able-bodied bandy in the towel, unless there is a accurately acceptable reason.
Experience is consistently accessible to award a job, so if you are still in school, try to acquisition an internship. Often, you can abide with the aggregation afterwards graduation, and if not, at atomic you acquire some acquaintance beneath your belt.
Experienced commune and bounded leaders of ample chains who I batten to, about acquire a agnate accord on what they attending for in a pharmacist:Leadership—Candidate shows adeptness to lead, and actuate the teamA abundant coach—Someone who enjoys administration ability with othersTeam player—Candidate charge acquire role as allotment of a team, and the accomplished aggregation works calm to succeed.Customer account oriented—This comes up with every distinct commune leader—someone who shows affinity to both centralized barter (colleagues/associates) and alien barter (patients)—district/regional administration emphasizes that you can alternation anyone to use a computer, but you can’t alternation a pharmacist to be friendly, engaging, and helpful. This actually charge arise above in the interview.Great Personality—Do you go out of your way to explain meds, acquisition cheaper alternatives if necessary, go the added mile?Clinical driven—For accommodating affliction services, such as immunizationsEthics—Is the appellant trustworthy?Integrity/focus on compliance—Companies attending to assure profits. One accomplished or accusation can abolish years of adamantine assignment for the aggregation by abatement profits. Rules, regulations, and laws are in abode to assure the patients—there is no gray area, but alone atramentous and white back you accede compliance.Ability to multitaskSomeone who will ‘roll up their sleeves’ and get to workAbility to acclimate and acceptable change—Because pharmacy is consistently changing, candidates charge not be aggressive to change. A change-resistant pharmacist is one that won’t be annoyed or accomplish at a aerial level. Innovation and change charge be welcomed.Coachability/Flexibility/Able to acquire effective criticismInvolvement with pharmacy schools and/or able organizationsAbility to anticipate on their feet/respond to situational questionsSomeone who fits the ability of the companyExperience, as able-bodied as advance oriented—Recruiters explain that they can allow to be captious in this job market. There are abounding abundant candidates that can be acceptable agents pharmacists, but there are beneath that are approaching leaders, so a adorable appellant wants to abound in their career.Excellent advice Skills/Personality to be the role of the best trusted bloom affliction able in the community.Enthusiasm—Someone who wants to assignment for the company, rather than addition who alone wants a paycheck, but not desperation, which could be apparent as a aerial about-face riskHere are some DO’s for your interview:Be 18-carat with responsesBe engagingBe yourself and allege to your strengths, while acknowledging your weaknesses, and what you’re accomplishing to advance themFocus on how you would fit the ability of the companyBe abiding to accommodate specific examples during behavioral account questions—often interviewers are met with bare stares and/or ambiguous responses. Give examples to allegorize your point, such as how you apparent a catchy chump account situation. Behavioral questions are a big focus appropriate now—use a account of questions to anticipate about and adapt answersBe abiding to acknowledgment advance projects, which appearance drive and alertness to go aloft and beyond, which could accomplish you angle out from the competitionThoroughly analysis the aggregation afore the interviewMake eye contactBring an added archetype of your resume to the interview, on crisp, acceptable affection paperHere are some DON’T’s for your interview:Don’t be too bombastic with answers, and don’t arise aloof (these two ancestry are beheld as things that could abnormally appulse the patients)On the added hand, don’t be too short. Acquisition a blessed medium.Don’t skip over the recruiter asking, “What questions do you acquire for me?” Surprisingly, abounding candidates do not ask questions, and this tells the recruiter that the appellant is not as absorbed as addition abroad who does ask questions.Don’t lie about antecedent employment—and absolutely do not allege abominably about a antecedent employer. One of my experts likens an account to a date—you don’t go on a date and allocution about your ex, because the new absorption does not appetite to apprehend about him/her—same with a job!Every pharmacist appellant has a agnate all-embracing antecedent resume. Candidates absolutely acquire to advertise themselves and back what makes them angle out in this aggressive market. According to my experts, abounding candidates aloof allocution about acquaintance and do not focus on affairs themselves—how can you advice the aggregation succeed?
Be yourself! Let your personality flash through. Don’t be beat if it takes a while to acquisition the absolute fit for you—it is out there! Whether you are a new alum or an accomplished pharmacist attractive for a new job, I achievement these tips help, and I ambition you the best of luck in your job search!
Karen Berger, PharmD Karen Berger, PharmD, accelerating from the University of Pittsburgh Academy of Pharmacy in 2001. She has formed in association pharmacies for over 16 years as a Pharmacist in Charge, staff, and accommodation pharmacist for a ample chain. Currently, she is a pharmacist at an absolute pharmacy in Northern NJ. She can be accomplished at Media SHARE THIS ◄ 163 Sponsored Agreeable Sponsored Agreeable #APharmacistIs Tweets RELATED COVERAGE Presentation: Leverage Social Media to Abound Retail Pharmacy Bazaar Signs You Should Acquisition A New Job Pharmacists With Side Hustles, Allotment 3 YOU MAY ALSO BE INTERESTED IN National Pharmacist Day Elicits Pride for the Profession Semaglutide’s Role in the GLP-1 Agonist Bazaar Midwestern University Announces Creation of Pharmacometrics Center RELATED SITESAbout Pharmacy TimesPharmacy Times® is the #1 full-service pharmacy media ability in the industry. Founded in 1897, Pharmacy Times® alcove a arrangement of over 1.3 actor retail pharmacists. Through our print, agenda and alive contest channels, Pharmacy Times® provides clinically based, applied and appropriate advice for the practicing pharmacist. Features and specialized departments awning medication errors, biologic interactions, accommodating education, pharmacy technology, ache accompaniment management, accommodating counseling, artefact news, pharmacy law and health-system pharmacy. Pharmacy & Healthcare Communications, LLC
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