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5 Resume Writing Tips for Clinical Pharmacists
Tip # 1: Utilize clinical pharmacist resume keywords
Due to the extensive use of ATS in the hiring process, to get noticed, you must use skill keywords as much as possible. The good news for clinical pharmacists is there are many keywords available to use across three general categories.
What are your technical specialties? These types of words highlight your professional knowledge in the field of pharmacy. A few examples of technical keywords include:
- Drug therapy
- Drug interactions
- Medication reconciliation
These words can also indicate what types of computer programs and software you have experience with.
Most pharmacists work in settings where they manage pharmacy technicians, interns, and students. Use keywords that convey your experience managing others, delegating tasks to others, mentoring students, and ensuring the staff works as a team.
What personality traits do you have that make you a great pharmacist? While your pharmacological knowledge and management experience are important aspects of the job, a company is hiring you as a person. Words that describe your personality can include:
- Attentive to detail
- A good listener to customers or patients
Tip # 2: Tailor your professional experience
Your work experience will be one of the most important sections of your resume. In this portion, include as many details as possible about job environments, specific tasks, improvements, and experiences you’ve had. These experiences give hiring managers good insights into your capabilities. If you are recently out of school, your work experience section will include internships, clinical rotations, and other applicable work in pharmacies.
Tip # 3: Highlight quantifiable achievements
Whenever possible, link your professional experiences to quantifiable achievements. For example, instead of stating “Improved pharmacy PDE efficiency,” insert additional specifics like “Established efficient cross-check measures for ensuring 99% PDE acceptance.”
Tip # 4: Stand out with unique qualities that make you a great pharmacist
There might be hundreds of resumes submitted along with yours for a particular job. Let your resume stand out from others by including your unique qualities. In your work experience or professional skills, list specific initiatives you’ve undertaken or awards you’ve received.
This section requires a balanced tone; honestly state your accomplishments without sounding arrogant or dull. Here are a few examples of how to achieve the right balance:
- Received Washington County Rural Health Award for spearheading the local diabetes education program
- Coordinated volunteers and logistics for multiple COVID-19 vaccination clinics
Tip # 5: Include action verbs and industry-specific language
Much of the work of a clinical pharmacist involves actions, so include descriptive verbs and industry-specific language in your work experience and skills. In choosing action-oriented language, you communicate to hiring managers that you readily put your pharmacy education into practice in a professional setting. Consider using some of the following verbs:
Combining action verbs with industry-specific language provides even greater impact, so using phrases like these combine both approaches:
- Explained dosage procedures to clients
- Facilitated communication between customers and doctors
- Delegated pharmacy staff tasks during peak hours