-Make sure you are certified and registered with your state board of pharmacy.
-Volunteer at a local hospital once a week in order to get experience in the field as a pharmacy technician, and also try to get an IV certification.
Tips on how to find a position as a pharmacy volunteer in a hospital:
Most hospitals have volunteer coordinators. Providing that you have obtained national certification along with licensure (which is easy to do once you have passed the national pharmacy technician examination), speak with the volunteer pharmacy coordinator along with the manager of the pharmacy department and explain your situation.
They might be able to accommodate your need, which is of course gaining critical hospital experience as a pharmacy technician. Some hospitals would welcome the “free labor”
-CVS may hire without previous experience as long as the candidate has their PTCB certification. As with any other position requirements, a good work history and solid references will help.
-If your store does not have a position available in the pharmacy, try to apply for the front store. You would be able to transfer to the pharmacy as soon as a position was available. It may even require you to work for a lower wage or volunteer for a short while to prove your worth before a company hires you. Apply to work in the store outside of the pharmacy. This is a sure shot way to get your foot in the door!
-Consider seeking employment in distant cities or states. These are not the most desirable strategies but they do work, and eventually land people long-term positions and the experience they are seeking to land future positions.
-Seek a mom and pop type pharmacy, they tend to be more accepting to new employees.
-Google your zip code as well as pharmacy. Call each pharmacy that is show and ask for the manager. Kindly ask if they are in need of Pharmacy Technicians because you are recently certified Tech looking for a position.
-Physically go in a pharmacy, well dressed (no open toe shoes, black and white attire preferred, no cleavage, no baggy pants, no visible tattoos, light make up, light jewelry) with your resume and ask directly for the pharmacy manager.
Looking for a job is a job. Persistence pays!