You're not alone in looking for pharmacy technician positions. Some areas of the country have a distinct lack of positions. But these tips from a pro will help you stand out from the crowd.
by Cory L. Dolan, CPhT
In today’s employment world, there are many people vying for the same positions. To be successful in getting the position you’re seeking, you need to stand out from the other applicants.
First, make sure you meet the qualifications of the position. If you have a shortfall in the educational requirements of the position, remember that some employers will accept job experience in lieu of formal education.
One of the most important things to be aware of when applying for pharmacy tech positions is to apply for the job EXACTLY as you are asked to.
Pharmacy technicians need to be detail-oriented individuals who pay great attention to written instructions.
So, if the job advertisement you are responding to says, “no phone calls” or “email your resume,” then make sure you follow these directions exactly. Job applications to other fields of work may have the latitude of being creative to stand out, but in pharmacy, you want the prospective employer to see that you can read, understand, and follow directions to the letter!
Don’t overlook social media when looking for a new position. There are many avenues for making connections with people who work in pharmacy online. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many social media sites give you the opportunity to connect with people in the industry who may know about job openings before they are posted, or who are in hiring positions.
Connecting with people is a good way to get your name out there. The more people you stay in touch with, the greater your chances of hearing about a good job opening.
Visit the pharmacies in your area. Let them know you are looking for a position. Get to know the staff and ask if you can leave a resume. Check back with them periodically, but don’t overdo it, you don’t want to hinder them when they are busy. Make sure you are neat, professional, and friendly when you visit prospective employers.
And lastly, don’t forget to smile! Everyone is nervous when inquiring about job openings or having an interview. Try to think of these situations as a time when you can let an employer see that you are looking for work as a pharmacy technician because you like and care about people. Let them see that you will greet and assist their customers in a friendly, warm, and professional manner.
Cory Dolan is an expert in promoting the benefits of individualized medicine to patients and practitioners in her region. She has spent many years in the healthcare field, first as a Certified Nurses’ Aide caring for hospice patients, then as a compounding pharmacy technician preparing individualized medications, and finally as an advocate for the personalized care of patients. She was awarded the National Compounding Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award by the Professional Compounding Centers of America in 2007 for her work in individualized medicine.