Sample Resume for an Entry-Level Pharmacy Technician
If your resume isn't generating interviews, it's time for a dose of inspiration. Check out this sample for an entry-level pharmacy technician.
Sample Resume for an Entry-Level Pharmacy Technician
If a side effect of your resume is that it isn't generating interviews, it's time for a dose of inspiration, says resume expert Kim Isaacs. to see how to create a pharm tech resume that gets noticed, view the resume sample for an entry-level pharmacy technician that Isaacs created below. You can also download the entry-level pharmacy technician resume template in Word. And if you need more help, get a free resume evaluation today from the experts at Monster's partner TopResume.
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Entry-Level Pharmacy Technician resume template
- PTCB-certified pharmacy technician with a high level of motivation to launch career in this field.
- Training has included four weeks of practice in a clinical externship as well as training in a state-of-the-art pharmacy laboratory.
- Learned from respected PharmD instructors, gaining a foundation in pharmacy best practices, medication pharmacology, pharmaceutical calculations and prescription processing.
- Experience includes current position as a retail pharmacy cashier—provide exemplary patient care and ensure a positive customer experience.
ABC TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, Sometown, AZ
Pharmacy Technician Diploma, 5/2016
- Graduated from ASHP-accredited school, acquiring the knowledge to sit for and pass the CPhT exam on the first attempt.
- Earned “A” grade after completing 160-hour clinical externship at XYZ Pharmacy.
- Completed curriculum delivered in classroom, online and lab settings covering topics including:
- Medical & Pharmaceutical Terminology
- Pharmacology of Medications
- Retail Pharmacy Procedures
- Medicare & Medicaid Reimbursements
- Pharmaceutical Calculations
- FDA Drug Safety Guidelines
- Pharmacy Practice Ethics
- Prescription Filling
- Medication Compounding
- Basic Anatomy
- Patient Care & Interaction
- Medication Inventory Management
- Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT), Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), 5/2012
- Trainee License, Arizona State Board of Pharmacy, 3/2012
- Sterile Products Certification, National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA), 2012
DEF COMPANY, Sometown, AZ
Family-owned neighborhood drugstore offering a full-service retail pharmacy.
Cashier,2011 to 2012
- Worked in a busy neighborhood drugstore and gained hands-on knowledge of retail pharmacy operations.
- Provided friendly customer service that helped retain customers despite fierce competition in the industry.
- Demonstrated accuracy in cashiering, cash handling and credit-card processing, consistently balancing cash drawer to the penny.
- Routinely commended for maintaining an orderly and clean store appearance.
Available for Evening and Weekend Shift Work
You could have myriad opportunities to apply for a pharmacy assistant or pharmacy technician job. Based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projections, pharmacy technician jobs are among the fastest-growing occupations between 2010 and 2020, expected to grow by 32 percent. But just because there may be many openings doesn't mean you shouldn't write an outstanding cover letter. A well-written cover letter for a pharmacy assistant job should compel the reader to review your resume and invite you to come in for an interview.
Cover letter introductions are succinct and should capture the reader's interest in two to three lines. Write a short paragraph that describes the position you're applying for, where you saw the job advertised and if your letter has attachments, such as a resume or copy of your state certification. If you were referred by an employee of the company, include the employee's name in your introduction so the reader knows that you have a personal referral.
Pharmacy Assistant Qualifications
The second paragraph of your letter should focus on your functional skills, which consist of your technical expertise in providing assistance to pharmacists. If you're an experienced and certified pharmacy tech, describe the settings in which you've worked, such as a hospital or retail pharmacy. If you're applying for your first job as a pharmacy assistant or tech, describe your training and certification. List courses that you performed exceptionally well in and include the state where you earned your certification.
Include your job knowledge related to privacy laws, communicating with patients and customers, and procedures for preparing medications, such as measuring processes and inventory control. Pharmacy assistants must have strong customer service skills; therefore, write a couple of sentences about your previous work in customer-facing roles. For example, you could write, "My background includes two years in providing assistance to full-time pharmacists at ABC Drugstore, a busy retail pharmacy that filled approximately 125 prescriptions each day. I handled customer follow-up and provided private counseling to patients about their medications. My performance in technical areas, such as packaging and labeling customer orders and preparing elements for pharmacists to fill prescriptions, has been rated 'superior' throughout my work history." If you have expertise in handling controlled substances, monitoring inventory for hazard chemicals or medical equipment that patients use for self-medication, include that in your letter.
Your core competencies are broad-based skills that enable you to perform your job tasks. They include communication and organization skills, attention to detail and the ability to use critical and analytical thinking skills in applying appropriate HIPAA and patient privacy laws. Because many hiring decisions are based on whether the candidate is a good fit for the organizational culture, do some research on the work environment. Write a sentence about your professional values and that you want to work for an organization where your values are aligned with the employer's. For example, if you're applying for a hospital pharmacy assistant role with one of the leading outpatient pharmacies in the area, incorporate that knowledge into your paragraph about values by saying that you want to become an employee of a world-class leader in health care support and a pharmacy that meets the needs of all its patients.
Like your introduction, your concluding paragraph should be brief. Restate your interest in the pharmacy assistant or pharmacy tech job. Tell the reader that your skills are ideally suited to the job requirements and that you would like to meet inperson for an interview. Include your contact information in the body of your final paragraph and at the top of the page below your inside address.
About the Author
Ruth Mayhew began writing in 1985. Her work appears in "The Multi-Generational Workforce in the Health Care Industry" and "Human Resources Managers Appraisal Schemes." Mayhew earned senior professional human resources certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute and holds a Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
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