Your resume is too "wordy"
To the English purist, a resume must be torturous to read. It's written (usually) in implied first person, and replete with incomplete sentences. But there's a reason for that. In a modern day when attention spans are shrinking faster than a pair of 100% cotton slacks accidentally washed in hot water, you have to get to the point quickly. Your pharmacist resume should read less like a novel and more like a marketing document. I recommend minimizing the use of long-winded paragraphs and instead, get in the habit of utilizing concise bullet points to describe your work history. And speaking of work history, resist the urge to elaborate incessantly about your day-to-day tasks. Instead, streamline it to 5-6 bullet points that detail your most relevant tasks and, more importantly, the results of your work. With our on-the-go mentality, it is becoming increasingly important for pharmacists to have a resume and cover letter that reads well on a mobile phone or tablet. I'd suggest reviewing your resume on your phone, and make sure that it doesn't seem too long or drawn out.
Rejection letters can be painful. However, with a pharmacist job market that is becoming increasingly challenging, rejection letters are an unfortunate reality. You may not be able to stop this, but you can make sure your pharmacist resume is no longer the culprit.
Garrett Brown is a clinical pharmacist, and founder of RxElite Resumes, a company that specializes in helping pharmacists find career success with industry-leading resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles.
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