Pharmacy Technician Jobs Tips

The best pharmacy technician jobs tips are from the people who are responsible for making the hiring decisions. And that's exactly what we've got for you!

We interviewed several pharmacists who not only interview pharmacy technicians but also making the hiring decisions.

Learn from those who know!

Pharmacy Technician Jobs Tips Interview #1

(We interviewed a pharmacist in Illinois)

Pharmacy Tech Pros: In what type of setting do you work?

Pharmacist: "Currently hospital setting but previously, home infusion and industry experience"

Pharmacy Tech Pros: When hiring a pharm tech, what are the most important qualities you look for?

Pharmacist: "Experience/training… Most hospitals recruit applicants with some medical experience, then internally train them based on needs and internal candidates. Entry level techsare trained for delivery and pyxis/cart fill, next IV Room, then order entry, then chemo compounding. Home infusion techs: We would hire techs with at least 5 yrs hospital/IV experience."

Pharmacy Tech Pros: What are some resume-writing tips you can offer to ensure that a job applicant gets an interview?

Pharmacist: "Don’t submit a handwritten resume. Mention all the skills you’ve acquired, especially computer usage, such as “Microsoft office” utilization, pyxis familiarity, IV/chemo experience, IV delivery systems utilized (home pumps, CADD cassettes, etc.)"

Pharmacy Tech Pros: What are some interviewing tips that you can offer to someone who’s applying to be a pharm tech?

Pharmacist: "Relax--most pharmacists don’t bite. Mention that you're used to working with a team and that you play well with others."

Pharmacy Tech Pros: What is a pharm tech’s best path to find the highest paying job?

Pharmacist: "Get as much experience/training as possible, this will make you eligible for internal opportunities and don’t be timid about seeking positions outside the retail/hospital setting. Home infusion techs are usually well paid, mainly because the facility may only have 1-2 techs and don’t have the time to coddle/train inexperienced techs."

Pharmacy Technician Jobs Tips Interview #2

(We interviewed another pharmacist, this one in Missouri.)

Pharmacy Tech Pros: In what type of setting do you work?

Pharmacist: "Specialty Pharmacy Mail Order"

Pharmacy Tech Pros: When hiring a pharm tech, what are the most important qualities you look for?

Pharmacist: "I would look for 1) willingness to learn, 2) someone who takes direction easily, 3) independently motivated to take action, 4) detail oriented, 5) good communication skills, 6) math skills, 7) typing and computer knowledge."

Pharmacy Tech Pros: What are some resume-writing tips you can offer to ensure that a job applicant gets an interview?"

Pharmacist: "1) Submit a resume, not just an application. 2) Proofread the resume! 3) Be complete--Do not leave gaps in work history. 4) The pharmacy has detailed job duties, so I encourage applicants to include detailed job function showing what types of duties they performed at previous jobs, not just 'sale clerk'."

Pharmacy Tech Pros: What are some interviewing tips that you can offer to someone who’s applying to be a pharm tech?

Pharmacist: "Show up on time, dress professionally, and bring a copy of your resume on resume paper."

Pharmacy Tech Pros: What is a pharm tech’s best path to find the highest paying job?

Pharmacist: "Tech certification and experience!"You'll find that certification is one sure way to increase your pay and success. Take a pharmacy technician practice test now to make sure you pass your test!

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