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Because your resume is the first impression any potential employer will get of you, you’re going to want it to really make you sound like a valuable job candidate. This has to do with content choices as well as format and style. Our experts have reviewed this Illinois Pharmacist resume sample with these elements in mind and suggested some crucial changes. You can use these notes when writing your own resume.
Separate your information into appropriate categories
It is great to have a section before your job experience where you highlight some personality traits and specific skills that make you stand out as a candidate. You will want to keep different kinds of information in relevant categories if possible, such as by providing a Skills section separate from Personal Highlights. This provides better organization as well as doing a better job at highlighting each individual point. WRONG: Skill Highlights
RIGHT: Personal Highlights
Spell out any abbreviations
Using acronyms or abbreviations is ok as long as you spell them out on their first occurrences in the document. The sample uses a lot of field-specific terminology such as HIPAA and HBS that should be specified. CPR and OTC are very commonly known, so they are fine as they are.
All lists should be in bullet point format
Do not write your job experience section in paragraph form. Your resume should be easy to read and well-organized, and bullet lists are the best way to do this. This format will also accomplish the effect of making the lists appear to be longer. In describing a job, be sure to start each bullet point with a strong action verb and end with a period. Keep your tenses in agreement, writing in present tense for a current job and past tense for a previous job. WRONG: Staff Pharmacist April 2013 to Current NorthShore University Health Systems ? Lake Forest, Illinois Dispense and Entered new patient profiles and prescriptions into medication input software system. Communicated directly with doctors’ offices via telephone, fax and email.Provided friendly customer service at prescription drop-off and pick-up counters. Safely and accurately dispensed prescriptions to patients of NorthShore and employees of Northshore. Used 26 years of experience to give patients the excellent pharmacy service they deserve and NorthShore University Health Systems expects. Maintained proper compliance logs, including for refrigerator temperatures. Offered patient counseling on all new and refill prescriptions. Strictly maintained customer and patient confidentiality. RIGHT: Staff Pharmacist April 2013 to Current NorthShore University Health Systems ? Lake Forest, Illinois
Be careful not to repeat anything
The sample resume has a huge chunk of text that has been repeated a few times in the Experience section, with only very minor edits. This makes the resume much longer than it needs to be, and it would take a very long time to read. If jobs are really similar, you do not have to describe the same kinds of duties, but rather focus on what you want to highlight from your experience with each different job. Try out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder, where you can apply the skills you’ve learned here in writing your own standout resume. What are you waiting for?