Employers Say Resumes Still Matter
Gouveia, at the New England Medical Center in Boston, mentions misspellingsincluding those he sees in his name as well as the hospitals nameas evidence of unprofessional resume-writing. "I continue to find resumes that are not as well done as they might be," he says.
Since Gouveia reviews all of the resumes that pharmacists send to his department, it is important to make a good impression with him.
Darlene M. Mednick, M.B.A., vice president of pharmacy relations for Merck-Medco Managed Care, L.L.C., echoes Gouveias sentiments about resumes. "If you havent even proofread it, why am I reading it?" she asks.
What does Mednick like to see from job applicants? "A very polished, well-thought-out cover letter and a well-done resume or CV [curriculum vitae]," she says.
Gouveia likes job seekers to tailor the content of the resume to the position sought. For example, new graduates seeking a specialized clinical position should emphasize relevant clinical rotations completed during pharmacy school.
Along with the resumes, says Gouveia, "I like having cover letters that try to personalize the relationship between the candidate and this organization."
Gouveia notes that addressing a resume to "Director of Pharmacy, New England Medical Center," instead of to him by name, shows that the job seeker has not bothered to research the hospital.
"Its not hard to find out who I am," he says.
Mednick says she receives about 300 resumes each month and hired more than 700 pharmacists last year. Many of these job applicants communicate by e-mail, which is fine with Mednick. But some of the messages she receives from job seekers are mysterious.
"Ill get an e-mail that I cant really make sense out ofand sometimes the resume is attached, sometimes its not. Theres no cover letter," says Mednick. "I have no idea what this person is applying for."
Mednick advises job seekers who communicate with her electronically to obtain an e-mail address that looks professional. E-mail identities that are "cutesy" or have sexual overtones are inappropriate, she says.
A well-written resume tells Mednick that an applicant can communicate clearly, a skill that is increasingly important in pharmacy practice. Pharmacists, says Mednick, are becoming direct therapy managers who must communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals.
If Gouveia does not receive a suitable resume in response to an advertised opening at his hospital, he leaves the position vacant. "Wed much rather keep things open than find people who are not quite as qualified as they might be," he says.
Gouveia reminds job seekers that, although pharmacy positions are plentiful right now, not all jobs are equally rewarding. "Its still very difficult to find a position that meets all of your professional and personal needs," he says.