3 Tips for Securing a Job as a Pharmacy Assistant

Do you have an interest in working in the healthcare field as a pharmacy assistant? This career field is challenging, full of variety, and requires a wide range of performance tasks. A position as a pharmacy assistant requires an interest in both public service and in medicine. Jobs in the pharmaceutical industry are in high demand, and a job as a pharmacy assistant is an excellent first step into a lucrative and meaningful career.

How can you learn the skills to be a pharmacy assistant?

With a high school diploma, you can enrol in further education courses to become a pharmacy assistant and earn your initial qualification. Distance learning courses, such as ICI UK’s Pharmacy Assistant program, can help you to gain the necessary skills and knowledge for this career, including:

  • Medical law and terminologies
  • Human anatomy
  • Common illnesses
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Risk management
  • The history of pharmacy
  • Customer service

After completion of your first diploma program, you should continue your education by achieving additional certifications and additional courses to make yourself a more attractive candidate.

Job search, resume, and interview tips

Once you have completed your first qualification, you are ready to explore the job market. Where do you begin to look for a position in pharmaceutical care? Here are three tips to help you secure a job in this field.

1. Make effective use of job websites.

Today’s digital society means that most job openings are found on job search websites. You can increase your chances of getting interviews if you use these resources correctly and to your advantage. Review popular and reputable job search sites and find the one that best offers the job information you desire. If you want to look for jobs only, specific sites provide just that; others may offer more in-depth knowledge such as networking opportunities, blog articles on job tips, using keywords to improve your resumes, and discussion groups. Only use job board sites that update their job listings on a daily or weekly basis.

2. Update and share your resume

You should update your resume regularly during your job search. Make sure that the resume addresses some of these questions:

  • Who are you (qualifications, training, experience, titles)?
  • What have you done, and what do you want to do?
  • What are your career interests?
  • What type of organisation do you want to work for?
  • What experience did you learn working for previous employers?
  • Where do you want to work within the pharmaceutical industry?

In essence, your resume advertises your abilities, skills, goals, and interests. When you have reviewed and revamped your resume, make sure you make it available on a few reputable job search websites. Be selective with sites you upload your resume to as uploading your resume to irrelevant job sites can be viewed as spam.

3. Prepare wisely for interviews

Prepare for your job interviews by practising answers to questions the interviewer is likely to ask. Here are some problematic questions specific to the pharmaceutical industry that you would be wise to anticipate:

  • How would you respond to a GP or consultant who refuses to change a medicine that you don’t believe is right for a patient?
  • What salary are you expecting to earn?
  • What is the impact of the Carter Review on the pharmacy industry?
  • How would your friends describe you?
  • Discuss a time when you dealt with a setback or a particular problem.
  • Where do you see yourself in this industry in five years?
  • If you were a drug, which one would you be and why?

Be sure to provide clear, concise, and specific answers with examples to these questions during the interview. Always keep your audience in mind when responding and understand that your answers and how you deliver them are a test of your communication skills.

The benefits of having a qualification

The pharmacy industry is growing rapidly, and more pharmacists, technicians, and assistants are needed. You can kick start your career in healthcare by earning a diploma from ICI UK’s Pharmacy Assistant program. With an initial formal qualification, you prove that you have completed an educational program and have successfully learned basic training for a pharmacy assistant position. This initial qualification can lead to further educational study and advancement in your career.

Start a new career path in a growing industry

Are you looking for a job in a growing healthcare field? Do you have an interest in helping people and in studying medicine and pharmaceuticals? If so, consider a career in the high-demand pharmacy assistant field. Enrol in ICI UK’s Pharmacy Assistant courses and get ready for a job with upward mobility, fulfilment, and a bright future.

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Gladys Mae

Gladys is the Associate Director of Admissions & Student Services with over 10 years of experience at the International Career Institute.