One key point to remember is that while a pharmaceutical sales job may focus more on relevant work experience and selling ability, a pharmacy resume should focus more on education and training. Always remember that if the people reading your resume have not met you, this resume will be their first introduction to you.
1. Start with a short and simple objective statement. State specifically the pharmaceutical job you are applying for.
2. Next, detail where you got your education and what you studied while in school. Pharmaceutical jobs, pharmacists in particular, are very information-intensive and cannot be done well without a proper education. Be sure to mention what degree you obtained as most pharmacist positions require at least a Bachelor's of Science in pharmacy. If you had a good grade point average in school, you should include that information as well.
3. List your relevant pharmaceutical job work experience. Detail your activities on a daily basis as part of your previous pharmaceutical jobs.
4. In the skills section of your resume, list any certifications or professional licenses you may have earned, as well as any special skills related to pharmaceutical jobs that you think might make your resume stand out. If you are exceptionally good with computers or have a great memory for numbers, now is the time to list it. Emphasize any personal traits that are helpful in a work place such as being a ''people person'' or highly organized.
5. Towards the bottom of the page, list any personal activities that might be related to a pharmaceutical job. If you are part of any pharmaceutical organizations such as the American Pharmacists Association (AphA), this is where you should put them. This is also where you should list being a member of your state's pharmacists' association.
6. Pharmaceutical job opportunities have moved online, so make sure you load your resume with several keywords that will get you noticed if potential employers are searching for applicants through a keyword search. When searching for a new pharmacist, employers most often look for keywords such as retail, hospital, dispensing, pharmacology or critical care.
7. Keep your resume short. One-page resumes are standard for most pharmaceutical job openings. Even if you have a decade of experience as a pharmacist, whittle it down to one page as any more than that tends to overwhelm the reader and most likely will not be looked at.