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Hi y'all, I am interested in getting into a residency program (my interest is informatics), and I will be entering my third year of pharmacy school this fall. Everyday I hear the job market is saturated and gets more competitive, and on top of that it seems like everyone has some job experience. I am worried about my chances of getting into a program or even getting a job at this point, so I wanted to see if anyone here had any helpful advice/recommendations for me at this point in pharmacy school to make me a more competitive candidate?
The plus that I have going for me that I can think of off the top of my head, is that after finishing my community rotation recently, my preceptor said that I had an outstanding positive attitude.

Job Experience
: I have absolutely no job experience. I have a pharmacy tech certification, but I never was able to secure a job in any setting and I've tried hospital, retail, LTC, etc. I tried looking for internships, and I was never able to get past the interview.
GPA: 3.2
Leadership: I never took on any executive positions, but I was SNPhA chair. I've been extensively involved in it for two years, and plan on being involved this coming year as well. We put on health fairs, do patient education, etc in my role in that position. I also am a chair for APhA as well, where we deal with a lot of reporting, etc.
Research: I helped a PhD student with their paper, and helped in making tables and diagrams for a paper they wanted to publish.
Shadowing: I have shadowed ambulatory care pharmacist and informatics pharmacist, both of which I liked.
Volunteering: I volunteered at the VA during my pre-pharm years. I volunteered at our local hospital related to taking med history for a month this summer.
 
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Papichulooo_92

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It is never too late to get things together but now its time to really triage, bite smaller, and make quality strides. In my opinion, you can still try to get involved with a chapter, setting up guest speakers, or some area you can make an impact with the students. Secondly, utilize the chapter resources and attending state/national meetings and NETWORK! Make your list of places that interest you and make your name/face known in a POSITIVE manner. Safest bet are always going to be programs in the same state you are in because programs are MOST familiar with your school and aiming for smaller/community hospitals.

Otherwise, you need to add diversity to your CV with community service, scholarships/awards, and projects/presentations.

Select your final year rotations very CAREFULLY to places you are most interested in and try to do more than one block there. And give your holy helll best day in and day out. You'll be fine.
 
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It is never too late to get things together but now its time to really triage, bite smaller, and make quality strides. In my opinion, you can still try to get involved with a chapter, setting up guest speakers, or some area you can make an impact with the students. Secondly, utilize the chapter resources and attending state/national meetings and NETWORK! Make your list of places that interest you and make your name/face known in a POSITIVE manner. Safest bet are always going to be programs in the same state you are in because programs are MOST familiar with your school and aiming for smaller/community hospitals.

Otherwise, you need to add diversity to your CV with community service, scholarships/awards, and projects/presentations.

Select your final year rotations very CAREFULLY to places you are most interested in and try to do more than one block there. And give your holy helll best day in and day out. You'll be fine.
Thank you for the recommendations and encouraging words! After reading through what you said, I think I'll try to register for the conferences, and see where that takes me! Just a question though, when you say scholarships/awards, do you know how I go about doing that? In my experience I've only seen students who are incredibly research-experienced or with high grades that get these.
 
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Papichulooo_92

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Thank you for the recommendations and encouraging words! After reading through what you said, I think I'll try to register for the conferences, and see where that takes me! Just a question though, when you say scholarships/awards, do you know how I go about doing that? In my experience I've only seen students who are incredibly research-experienced or with high grades that get these.
So always start with a google search of pharmacy scholarships. Of course there are BIG ones like the Tylenol Scholarship or Express Scripts. But there are a ton other smaller ones through your state association, CVS/Walgreens, etc. Additionally, awards that means more putting in time into something (ex. school chapter) to be recognized for your dedication. Im sure you will find something.
 
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So always start with a google search of pharmacy scholarships. Of course there are BIG ones like the Tylenol Scholarship or Express Scripts. But there are a ton other smaller ones through your state association, CVS/Walgreens, etc. Additionally, awards that means more putting in time into something (ex. school chapter) to be recognized for your dedication. Im sure you will find something.
Ohh I see, thank you for expanding on that!
 

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I tried looking for internships, and I was never able to get past the interview.
I think this part is crucial to your future job outlook, whether you go the traditional or non-traditional route. You really need to ask yourself and think about WHY you were never able to get past the interview and work on improving on your shortcomings. Job recruitment hinges a lot on your interviewing skills; you may look great on paper, but you also need to show that you are personable and can think quickly on your feet. You're only just entering your third year, so you have plenty of time to work on your interview skills. I recommend that you keep applying now because I believe that job experience is very valuable from an employer's perspective.
 
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