If you google “pharmacy technician resume template”, you’ll find a lot of resume models filled with roles and responsibilities such as:
- Verify information on prescriptions.
- Faxed requests to doctors.
- Filled medical orders for hospital patients and delivered them to designated nursing stations.
- Answered multiline phone system and processed a high volume of order requests from nurses and pharmacists.
- Performed duties of pharmacy buyer and tracked warehouse invoices as required.
- Maintained current expiration dates for all medication via a thorough inventory control system.
That seems about right, no? But there’s a problem. A huge problem, actually. Think of the pharmacy technicians (or pharmacy assistants) that you know. How many of them have done similar things? Probably most of them. Because that’s pretty much what being a pharmacy tech is all about. There are differences here and there, but roles and responsibilities will often overlap. So if your resume is very close to a typical “pharmacy technician resume template”, how is that helping you get interviews? After all, the best resumes are distinctive. They make you stand out, not blend in! So here’s a little something to help you make your resume stand out. It’s based on the 3 Laws of Resume Writing. And it’s not material that I made up. I found it by carefully studying good pharmacy tech resumes.
5 Pharmacy Tech Accomplishments to Make your Resume Distinctive
- Updated and reintroduced safety training manuals, which reduced mistakes.
- Learned to troubleshoot pharmacy equipment for minor issues, avoiding expensive maintenance calls on two occasions.
- Processed an average of 720 prescriptions per day.
- Provided staff development and training to new employees.
- Awarded Employee of the quarter for excellent performance.
The benefit is the key component of each accomplishment: reduced mistakes, avoiding expensive maintenance calls, training new employees, … Accomplishments like these are the most critical pieces of your resume. Now read that last sentence again, because that’s the best resume advice you’ll get this month.
If you’re a fantastic employee but your resume is silent on many of your accomplishments, you’ll end up behind a less impressive employee whose accomplishments are all clearly laid out. And for that matter, an average employee with weak accomplishments better know how to network, since the resume alone won’t help much. (Actually, networking skills are critical to everyone’s job hunt. But let’s stick with the topic, if you don’t mind.) Accomplishments are where it’s at.
When you solve a problem, reduce costs, make something better/simpler/faster, when you show initiative, it has to be on your resume, without being drowned out by too many roles and responsibilities (i.e. the “we’ve-all-done-it” resume template material). In my view, half of the energy and time spent on your resume should be focused on your accomplishments. To write good accomplishments, you need to think of what your potential employer is thinking about (problems solved, better results, and so on) and emphasize that. If you go through 20 resumes of your peers, you’ll certainly find great accomplishments that you could adapt on your resume. I truly believe that is time well spent.
Many More Accomplishments, Just for You
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