Job searches can be stressful, especially during these tough economic times. During the final year of pharmacy school, students will have to head out into the ‘real’ world and use the skills and education gathered through years of rigorous study, and apply them behind the counter, the patient bedside, or various other settings. Many students may decide to forgo a job search and pursue further training and study as a resident or a fellow in the many residency and fellowship programs that are available throughout this country. These post-graduate programs may last a year to several years depending on the program. The compensation of residencies and fellowships are much less than the average salary earned from a full-time pharmacist. Therefore those that enter the additional years of post-graduate training will have to weigh the cost for themselves as to the financial impact they may incur by foregoing the pharmacist’s potential salary considering the rising interests accrued from their college loans as well as many other factors.
For those that want to dive into the pharmacist workforce, a good quick and easy starting point is to ask people you know for any job openings available such as friends, family, or even employers you have worked for or currently work for as an intern or technician. These resources are immediately available to you. Many future pharmacists check job search websites or career search engines such as this – Pharmacist Jobs. Searching for the title of the position sought after (i.e. pharmacist) and the location via zip code will display openings that are available in the area of choice. Each site may list different data depending on the amount of employers that have accounts on the website.
Another method of searching for job openings is to check on career or employment section of the company’s website itself. Many human resource departments will refer candidates to the website to apply for openings. Listings may be updated frequency, so if a position is not available upon initial observation, checking back every few weeks may produce different results. Some websites have displayed the job application status after submitting applications, and others may require a phone call for an update. Most often, an email or call may be received if the employers are interested.
Using headhunters, job agents, or a contracting agency may also lessen the burden of dealing with the job search as these resources will usually do the work of contacting available employers and speaking with human resources personnel on your behalf.
Above are just some of the methods of starting a job search. Job searches can obviously be stressful, especially if the candidate has been having a difficult time locking in a position. Much patience is required, even more during this tough economy. Regardless, preparation is always needed when the job opportunity presents itself. Similar to pharmacy school interviews, candidates will have to do their best to convince their employers that they are right for the position they seek. Having a good interview, a spelling/grammar error-free curriculum vitae, presentable appearance, great references, and displaying confidence with the right attitude could go a long way.