Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Thursday, October 9, 2014
Is it absolutely necessary to include your GPA? That would be my first recommendation. If someone asks for a copy of your diploma or transcript, and your GPA at a later date, I think that’s perfectly acceptable. But you don’t need to include this on your resume up front, perhaps.
Do you have any experience with the pharmaceutical industry, outside of your formal education and your college internships? This might be a situation in which you need to rethink your strategy, and not count on landing your ideal job title right away.
I agree with an earlier respondent who mentioned gaining some on-the-job experience might help you a great deal! Starting out as a pharm tech (or lab tech in a related industry) might make you more marketable, and help you move closer to your target position.
I would also recommend partnering with staffing companies (like Manpower or Experis) to help find contract roles, too. Many staffing companies place professionals from a variety of scientific backgrounds, and this could help you get in the door somewhere, and lead to a permanent position. Lots of companies and institutions conduct their hiring this way, and do not even advertise openings (they leave it up to placement firms and talent specialists to handle this for them). So be sure to expand your search to include not only job postings, but also active networking with talent solutions companies and their recruiters.
Best of luck to you!