Ireland is a great place to work as a pharmacist. With an average starting salary of €60,000, it places as one of the highest paying countries in the world for pharmacists. Along with attractive benefits, and the ability to impact the community, it proves to be attractive from both a financial and job satisfaction perspective.
Getting to this point, however, is no easy feat. Becoming a pharmacist takes years of hard work, dedication and perseverance. Once you’ve completed your degree, you’re faced with the difficult task of finding the perfect position for you! We’ve made it easy with our top tips below.
One of the main things to consider when job hunting is what career goals you’re looking to achieve and what type of position would help you achieve these. Working in the pharmacy industry opens opportunities for working in the community sector, in hospitals, in the pharmaceutical industry as a researcher.
Once you decide what sector is right for you, you should consider other aspects such as your level of experience, what location you would like to work in, and how many roles are available in that area.
At Clarity Recruitment, we mainly focus on community pharmacy roles. You can find out more about the different types of positions in our blog here.
Before anything else, you should understand what positions are available in the current job market. Ireland always has pharmacy positions available, however you should be aware of what is available before leaving your current role. Vacant positions are updated on the Clarity Recruitment daily, so this is a great place to keep up to date with what options await you.
Using your own personal network is another great way to keep in the know with the latest updates. Linkedin is a great tool for building new connections and may help you find what you’re looking for. Read more about creating a good Linkedin profile here.
An essential part of the job search is making sure your CV is up to date and formatted correctly. Having a great CV can really help you stand out from the crowd when it comes to searching for a pharmacy role.
Some of our tips for creating a great CV would be:
If you need help with your CV, we offer free CV creation services right here at Clarity. You can get in touch with us about this here.
The next step to landing your dream role is to ace your interview. If you’ve gotten this far, you know that your CV has impressed the employer and they just want to find out more about you, your experience and skills - this is your chance to impress them!
Preparing for interviews is easy with Clarity. We provide you with previously asked questions from that employer and let you know the best way to go about answering them. We also conduct mock interviews with you to prepare you for the real thing.
When the actual interview comes around, be sure to dress the part and act accordingly. Have a positive attitude and relax! Remember, if this interview doesn’t work out, you will still have learnt some valuable experience that you can bring forward to the next one.
If you find you’re still feeling anxious, our blog on reducing interview nerves might help you out! You can read it here.
No matter what stage of the job search you’re at, whether you’ve landed a new position or you’re still searching, it’s highly important to keep up to date with the latest industry information and continually develop your skills and relationships.
Working as part of a team and getting along with your colleagues will stand to you if the time comes where you’re ever seeking new employment. By then, you will have no issue getting references when you need them. Here at Clarity Recruitment, we are happy to give out references to those we have worked with.
As well as relationships, you should always be looking to improve your skills. As a pharmacist, you are expected to complete Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to keep your registration with the PSI active. Those who sign up to our Clarity Locums app gain access to our internal CPD Hub.