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As you edit and revise your resume, you should be aware of common mistakes and mishaps so you can avoid having formatting errors detracting from your professional merit. Take a look at this Pharmacist resume sample and read over what our experts’ suggestions for improvement. Apply their advice to your own document to convince your hiring manager to set up an interview.
Make Your Summary Your Best Pitch
Securing a job is a bit of a process and it often officially begins with sending in your resume. When the hiring manager looks over the document, they want a quick means of understanding your professional merits and the scope of your abilities. The first section or the Summary is responsible for setting the tone of your resume, so you should make the most of the space. This is the only section of a resume that warrants a paragraph set-up along with longer phrases. The sample summary does an excellent job of conveying excellent information, but it’s a bit short and has a little too much detail. Typically, you have around 4 to 6 lines or phrases to pitch your best selling points as a professional. Fill the space, but don’t use too many specifics. You have the chance to include dates, projects and educational information later in your resume. For example, a fuller summary would be: Staff Pharmacist with 10 years of experience in retail pharmacy services dedicated to providing the best customer service and health care possible in a community setting. Highly compassionate and well-organized professional capable of managing team members and effectively handling multiple important tasks. Well-versed in pharmacy related technologies and posses a strong expertise in compounding and HIPPA standards.
Bullets Over Walls of Text
Paragraphs are effective in books, magazines and other literature, but they are a hindrance in resumes. This document is designed to scan well and convey information in a quick and concise fashion. Therefore, outside of the summary, bullets should be used to organize details, particularly in the professional experience section. The applicant has a wall of text under her employment description, which makes it difficult to scan and read. Bulleting the information will help as will decreasing the amount of information. Boil down each employment entry to 5-8 bullets to keep your descriptions informative and concise. For example: CVS Pharmacy Cambridge, MA
In this sample, the applicant lists internship information under the current position. If you have an internship, list it separately even if it was done at the your current place of employment. Your internship can improve your professional credibility, but it is very different from being a fully-fledged professional. Listing it separately will make this candidates employment section less visually crowded as well.
License and Education at the Bottom
If you are a practicing pharmacist, your hiring manager can safely assume that you meet current license and education requirements. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be legally employed. It is important to include this information for the sake of verification and clarification, but place education and licenses at the bottom of you resume. Put your most engaging professional merits at the top to draw in the hiring manager. If you want to secure your next interview, incorporate our specialists’ advice into your revision process to increase your chances. Plus, use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to get some extra help with formatting and organizing information.