How to write a Pharmacy Placement CV

This is an example of a high quality science CV for graduates. All the course modules are included, also laboratory experience gained on your degree course and course projects. If you were applying for jobs outside science (e.g. banking) you would probably omit most of your modules (except those including mathematical or computing skills) and laboratory experience.

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Home Address:  35 Westland Grove, Caterham, Surrey CR2 3RS
Term Address:  Liberty Quays, Victory Pier, Gillingham, Kent ME4 4TS
Contact: 07789423333

Objective: To gain a summer pharmacy placement

Key Skills & Qualities

  • Highly self-motivated, confident and professional individual
  • Good team player who possesses excellent problem solving skills and an attention to detail
  • Excellent listening, communication and interpersonal skills, both written and verbal
  • Willingness and curiosity to learn about new medicines and treatments
  • Desire and enthusiasm to assist the public with their healthcare needs
  • Ability to act on own initiative and make quick, effective decisions when necessary
  • Highly innovative, flexible and resourceful individual with a solid background in science
  • Excellent laboratory skills, techniques and knowledge
  • Excellent research methods gained through project based learning


Educational Qualifications & Achievements

2005-2010     Medway School of Pharmacy

MPharm        Year 3   Expected 2:1

FD Pharmacy Practice   Distinction
Best student award

1998-2005     St John Fisher School, Chatham

A-Level:  Maths (C), Chemistry (A), Biology (C)
AS Level:  French (C), Statistics (D)
GCSEs:  9 GCSEs (A-C grades) including English & maths

Placement History

Oaks Pharmacy, Aylesford
2005-2006  Delmergate Pharmacy, Chatham

I completed 60 days' student placement (at separate intervals of 30 days each) in these two pharmacies. I worked in all sections of the shop, shadowed the pharmacist and completed an assessed workbook as evidence of my learning. My responsibilities included pricing new stock, serving patients/customers and giving relevant health advice, placing orders over the phone/internet, sorting and putting away new stock deliveries, collecting prescriptions from nearby surgeries, printing medicine labels and dispensing as required. I was able to develop good listening skills, a polite and professional telephone manner, excellent customer service and organisational skills.


Employment History

2008 - to date  Student Ambassador        Medway Campus

My responsibilities include going to schools, organising group presentations, raising aspiration campaigns and awareness of HE opportunities. Gaining confidence of teenagers, encouraging and supporting them in their study and HE application. This has led me to develop excellent computer skills in Word, Powerpoint and DTP, presentation skills and a concise, positive style of communication.

Summer 2006 Trainee Healthcare Assistant               Boots, Chatham

My responsibilities included compiling prescribed medicines for supply to care homes and dealing with any queries that arose. This involved ordering and dispensing medicines and working with the team to ensure that deliveries were sent off on time and any delay minimised.

I also worked on the healthcare counter making sales of medicines and giving healthcare advice when necessary. This led me to develop useful problem solving skills and an ability to act on my own initiative as well as the unique skill of paying great attention to detail although working in the pressurised environment of a busy pharmacy. Good time management and prioritising ensured all were treated according to need and fairness. Here, I was able to put into practice what I had learnt at University, learn even more in a busy but friendly pharmacy environment and also develop my knowledge on the treatment of various minor ailments.

2004-2005  Healthcare Sales Assistant                        Boots, Chatham

My responsibilities included making over the counter sales, taking inventory, filling shelves, date checking and occasional working elsewhere in the store. During this time, I started the Healthcare Assistants Course and spent time on prescription reception. I also attended a Smoking Cessation Day organised by the PCT for pharmacists and assistants. It was very informative and helped me to develop greater insight and understanding in the use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy and lifestyle/behavioural changes that may be recommended to the patient/customer to help them quit successfully.


I enjoy researching, reading, travelling and surfing the internet. I also keep fit by attending weekly aerobics and salsa classes.

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