Pharmacist Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 34,855 Pharmacist resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing a Pharmacist Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Retail Pharmacy, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write a Pharmacist Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Pharmacist CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
For Pharmacists, the skill that stands out above all others in terms of how frequently it shows up on pharmacist resumes is retail pharmacy, which is more than twice as common as the next common skill: drug therapy. Including these skills on your resume won't necessarily make you stand out from the crowd, but they can help reinforce your experience as a pharmacist.
Top Skills for a Pharmacist
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
We compared 34,855 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a pharmacist job required by employers is 2.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average pharmacist job listing asks for 2.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average pharmacist candidate have?
The average pharmacist resume contains 5.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your pharmacist skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from pharmacist resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Pharmacist
Associate's Degree
Associate's Degree - Legal Support Services
  • Ensured appropriate operational execution of insurance billing procedures, HIPAA compliance adherence, and the Wal-Mart Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Hold intervention tables to promote cost effective SMBG machines and products in the maintenance of diabetes care.
  • Developed treatment plans for ICU patients.
  • Provide support for OTC Department manager and act as a resource for development in sales and customer service.
  • Negotiated cost of the product and availability with various RX manufactures.
Staff Pharmacist, Hospital (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Pharmacist
Master's Degree
Master's Degree - Law
  • Maintain and troubleshoot pharmacy technology applications: Dose Edge, Pyxis ES, and Talyst Carousel.
  • Provided vancomycin and aminoglycoside pharmacokinetic consult services.
  • Involved in patient profile drug utilization review for clients on New Jersey State Medicaid and PAAD.
  • Code Blue Response team, daily rounds in ICU and Cardiovascular ICU.
  • Completed pharmacokinetic consults for vancomycin and aminoglycosides including daily monitoring of therapy, relevant lab values, and drug levels.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Pharmacist
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Recommend OTC medications to patients based on clinical judgment.
  • Started working as a full time community pharmacist at Walgreens.
  • Communicate with healthcare providers regarding changing medications to provide cost savings and as alternative approaches for treatment.
  • Provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care through patient counseling and education, including Medication Therapy Management through Mirixa and Outcomes.
  • Promoted to manage 2 staff pharmacists and 3 technicians at a specialized Walgreens Immunization Center Pharmacy.
Chemistry Teaching Assistant

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Pharmacist
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Chemistry
  • Implemented the extended theory with Matlab thermo-mechanical simulation of multi-phase material Bi2212.
  • Input assignment grades in Blackboard module.
  • Assisted students in the performance of their experiments, while emphasizing aseptic technique and other microbiology principles.
  • Instructed students in FPLC Protein Purification lab courses including method development.
  • Lectured one semester for Introduction to Finite Mathematics.
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As a pharmacist, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Pharmacist roles often require a First Professional Degree degree or higher, so the majority of pharmacist resumes that we looked at contained a first professional degree degree.
Overwhelmingly, those applying to pharmacist positions majored in Pharmacy. Some of the other common majors that appear on pharmacist resumes include Business, Biology, and Health Care Administration.
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As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Pharmacist Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Pharmacists. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Pharmacists to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%