So you've graduated from your Pharmacy Technician program and are ready to begin the search for a new career. Before you start applying for jobs, it is a good idea to make sure that your resume has all of the things that your new employer is looking for.
At the top of your resume, you should begin with your full legal name. You can fill your employer in on what you like to be called at the interview, but on your resume you want to use your real name. Next, you should include your mailing address. Underneath that, include the best phone number for them to reach you and an email address. Center everything at the top of the page.1
Underneath your contact information, you want to include your objective, or why you make a good candidate for the job you are applying to. If you want your resume to stand out, you should be more specific than "To obtain a job as pharmacy technician."2
You want to tell your potential employer something that makes you different, in a positive way, from the other applicants! If you can, highlight your experience in the field. If you do not have any experience, highlight a past work experience or a personality trait that you think makes you a good candidate for the job. For example, "Seeking pharmacy technician job in which my customer service skills and leadership will be an asset."2
The person reading your resume may be very busy with tasks of their own, so you need to be straight and to the point. Your summary of qualifications should be organized in four or five bullet points that highlight your strengths and abilities in the workplace.3
Each bullet point should begin with an action verb or a positive adjective that describes you!3 For example, "Provides excellent customer service" or "Organized and able to process orders accurately." You don't need to use complete sentences, or be very specific. Just make sure each statement tells the reader something about you or your experience.
Next, you should include where you went to school and what you studied. If you've had any higher education, then it's probably not necessary to include your high school. List any university or community college that you attended, the years you went there, and the program you studied.1 Be sure to list the school and the program you attended to become a Pharmacy Technician.
You can also list out your Pharmacy Technician coursework or any computer programs you learned that might be useful to your job.1 You should only list these if you think they will make you stand out from the other applicants.
You want to include all of your relevant work experience and externships.1 You should start with the most recent one at the top. Include your job title, the name of the company, the months/years that you worked there, and a short list of the responsibilities you had while you were there.
Your responsibilities should be similar to your summary of qualifications but not exactly the same. You do not need to use complete sentences. Highlight a few of your accomplishments, for example "Assisted pharmacist in filling out paperwork during peak times" or "Helped provide customer service to difficult customers."
The last section is optional depending on who you are. If you participate in any volunteer work, you can include it last.1 You should also list any associations or groups that you are a part of if they relate to the medical field.
If you have an interest that you think is important or sets you apart then you can also include it. Be careful with this because you don't want to add unnecessary information.