Resume Tips for Pharmacy Technicians
Jennifer LeClaire | Monster Contributing Writer
With US doctors writing about 3.5 billion prescriptions yearly, according to IMS Health, pharmacy personnel, including pharmacy technicians, are in great demand. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts pharmacy technician job growth of nearly 32 percent between 2006 and 2016.
But don’t assume that just because jobs are plentiful, you’ll be able to land a pharm tech position effortlessly. To help you get your job of choice, be sure to submit a compelling resume.
“Many people understand the basic components of a resume,” says Mike Johnston, CPhT, founder and chairman of the National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) and author of Rx for Success: A Career Enhancement Guide for Pharmacy Technicians. “But items that are specific to pharmacy technicians should also be included.”
Here are some tips on writing the perfect pharmacy technician resume:
Tailor Your Objective
Susan Jeffery, CPhT, a past president of the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPT), says your resume objective should demonstrate your willingness to learn.
“Pharmacy technicians should add a sentence to their professional objectives that lets the hiring manager know they are interested in opportunities for further specialization or professional growth,” she says. For example:Career Objective: To obtain a pharmacy technician position with an expanding company. Strong interest in pursuing professional development opportunities, including specialized training and licensure in the organization’s growth areas.
Expand on Your Education and Skills
List education, training, licensure and academic honors to help you stand out. In addition, include special skills, such as fluency in another language, dispensing or dealing with billing and reimbursement for insurance, workers’ compensation or Medicaid. These terms will act as keywords when potential employers search the Monster resume database.
“Listing specialty certifications, like intravenous drugs, compounding or diabetes home management, can help you get noticed and get higher salaries,” Johnston says. However, he suggests listing continuing-education (CE) credits only if the courses you took were on special, advanced topics, such as quality control or preparing radioactive elements. CE in and of itself “isn’t a differentiator,” he says. “It’s expected.”
Elaborate on Your Work History
When it comes to the chronologically ordered employment history, hiring managers prefer a rich description of what you do day-to-day rather than a generic list of your duties.