New year, new job? If your search for a pharmacy job is experiencing a slump, take some steps to breathe new life into your mission. This way, as the calendar rolls over, you’ll be polished and ready to go in January. Here’s what you can do.
- Get your paperwork in order. First things first: Review your cover letter and resume and make sure they’re both “camera ready.” Yes, you’ll want to tailor both based on each job to which you apply. But you can start to lay the groundwork by making sure everything in your resume is up- to-date and well organized. Proofread your paperwork inside and out to make sure it’s grammatically correct, with no spelling errors. And you can jot down an outline for your cover letter so you’ll be ready to write it when that perfect job opportunity pops up.
- Clean up your online presence. Make sure you have a professional email address, (e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org will have to become a thing of the past). Instead, create an address that includes some iteration of your name. Also, make sure that only posts and photos you’d be OK with your grandmother seeing are in existence on your Facebook and Twitter pages—potential employers do check, and you want to appear as professional as possible. Build a LinkedIn page, if you don’t already have one.
- Prepare your elevator pitch. This is the brief introduction you use when introducing yourself to colleagues, contacts and potential employers. It should say who you are, what you do and why people like to work with you. It’s a quick and easy way to let your network know what you’re all about—and once you have it down pat, you’ll be able to rattle it off without a second thought.
- Network, network, network. Participate in online discussion groups on LinkedIn, attend seminars and networking events for the pharmacy and healthcare industry, and join professional organizations. The more people you talk to, the better your chances of finding a job lead.
- Call a niche staffing agency. Different than a general staffing agency, niche firms specialize in one or a handful of industries. This means their efforts are laser-focused on becoming experts in a narrow field. They’ll have contacts in your industry and will know about unadvertised job openings. Plus, a niche recruiter will understand what you need to succeed at a job interview and will help you perfect your resume and interview skills. All of these things can help you soar ahead of the flock in your job search.
Looking for your next pharmacy opportunity?
MedPro Healthcare Staffing can help. As the new year is upon us, contact us to partner up with one of our experienced recruiters. We specialize in the placement of pharmacists and other healthcare workers and we’ll work with you to find a pharmacy job that meets your requirements. To learn more, contact MedPro Healthcare Staffing today.