32 Applicants for 1 Community Pharmacist Position!!!

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  1. Quam

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    Just came from an interview and I was told there were 32 applicants and out of those, 10 got interviews!!! This is a community pharmacy in Minneapolis, Minnesota y'all. What is going on??? I've been looking for a job for 2.5 months. OMG!!!! This is scary.....and no, I don't have a residency. Can't even think of spending any more $$ for schooling right now....sigh...
     
  2. BigBoss

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    Well, here's to hoping you get the position.
     
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    Riiiight!. Hopeful
     
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    Yeah, Minneapolis never had a major shortage because of being fed by the NDSU, SDSU, and Wisconsin as well as the local UMN. Good luck, and I doubt there are 32 serious candidates, probably about 1/3 those in that pool are just looking from a current job. Still, 20 people more or less seriously looking, well, it's what it is. If you are applying to the North Minneapolis area, there's a club involved as well.
     
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    Modest_anteater Austin, Texas, USA.

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    have you thought about taking more loans out to get a in demand degree?
     
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    True! I have met a lot of pharmacists from the Dakotas. Wow!! What d'u mean a 'club involved' at North Minneapolis?
     
  7. Quam

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    After you, Modest
     
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  8. mentos

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    That's nothing. Boston hospitals routinely get around 400 applications for one position which is usually given to an internal.
     
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    Better than the 200 applicants for 1 position happening in other areas in the country. Consider yourself lucky there were only 32 applicants...
     
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    Not to be mean, but I’m surprised that you’re surprised.
    I’ve been watching corporate pharmacy for years gradually whittle away at boards of pharmacy weakening the profession. It started with allowing pharmacists to supervise two technicians instead of just one, then suddenly there’s no limit to the number of techs we can supervise.
    That’s just one example of things that we as group were okay with. I never for one minute bought the line that these changes would “free us up” to perform clinical functions. We’re still responsible for a hurricane of accurately filled prescriptions, but now you must resolve “tips” , perform MTM, and immunize crying children.
    MTM is a nice side dish, but it sure isn’t going to feed the whole profession.
    And who the heck accredited all these new pharmacy schools?
     
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    VictorOfHungerGames May the odds be ever in your favor

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    Well I had two interviews before landing my current job late last year. First interview was at a major hospital in my city. It was for the graveyard shift and the director of pharmacy told me that there were 500 applicants. Granted, it is one of the most prestigious hospitals and applicants were from all over nation i was told. I was one of 10 they picked to interview. Second place was at a LTC and they also told me i was one of 8 thay was picked from a couple of hundred applicants. It was flattering and scary at the same time. Thats when i truly realized how saturated the market is right now.
     
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    I had 40 applicants for an MTM pharmacist position I posted on Indeed. Lots of residency trained applicants although I won't hire one. Even when I updated the ad with "residency trained applicants need not apply" they still did. Maybe most were bots?
     
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    I thought residencies paid a salary
     
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    Those are pretty good odds. As others have stated many regions have much more applicants (Literally 10x more). As long as your willing to relocate and gain experience something will come.

    However, reality has kicked in and you need to come up with a contingency plan to offset your loans (ie military service or IHS). Doesn’t hurt to look into these with benefit packages and loan forgiveness (to some extent). Plus the extra experience never hurts.
     
  15. BaSsHeAd

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    Why would you not want to hire a residency trained pharmacist?
     
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    For an MTM position? Any/most hospital based residency trained pharmacist will jump on a hospital job the second one opens up. And the you need to rehire.
     
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    If they can't read a job description all the more reason to dump their apps in the circular file
     
  18. TimeZero

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    Why is anyone surprised this is the case? The writing has been on the wall for the past decade and prospective students have repeatedly been warned. This is just the beginning, especially for retail.
     
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