CVS Job Application Guide
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Number of stores:
$55.6 billion (2009)
Larry J. Merlo
CVS is the second largest chain of drug stores in the United States, trailing only Walgreens in the number of locations. With more than 7,000 stores in 41 states, chances are very good that there is a CVS location hiring near you.
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You can search and apply for jobs at CVS Pharmacy directly through StartWire. We'll even provide you with application updates, so you can know when your application has been read and if you're still being considered for the position you've applied to. Apply now
If you prefer, you may also choose to search and apply for jobs through the CVS hiring website. If you do choose this method, don't forget to come back to StartWire and enter your application information so we can provide you with updates and help you organize your job search.
If you don't have a computer or reliable access to the internet, you may apply in-person at a CVS store. Each store is equipped with a computer kiosk that you can use to apply for open positions. The application process is identical to the one you'll find online, and provides you no special advantages over the possibility of making a personal connection with a hiring manager.
The CVS application process is pretty straightforward, and should take you no longer than 20-25 minutes to complete if you take the time to prepare your employment history, education, resume, and cover letter before you start.
Before you can apply to a job at CVS, you will need to create an account on their hiring website. This is a very quick process, as all you need to provide is your email address and a password. You will also be given a choice to import your LinkedIn or Facebook profile. They will use this information to pre-populate some of the application fields for you. If you aren't comfortable connecting your social accounts, you can choose to enter your data manually instead.
The majority of the CVS application is focused on collecting your personal information. You'll have to provide your name, address, phone number, references, residences (last 7 years), work history, and education. Taking the time prepare this information beforehand can significantly speed up the application process.
You will also be asked to upload your resume and cover letter. If you already have them prepared, this will only take you a moment. If you don't, you can enter them manually into a box. If you do choose to enter it manually, make sure that you copy and save it for future use.
To complete the CVS application, you will need to consent to a pre-employment background check.
You will also need to consent to a pre-employment drug test. Any employment offers you receive are contingent on passing this test.
How long does CVS keep your application on file?
CVS keeps your application on file for 90 days. If you haven't heard back in 90 days and wish to remain in their consideration, you will have to submit another application.
If you use StartWire to manage your application, we'll provide you with automatic application updates that will let you know when your application has been read and if you're still being considered for the position you've applied for. Sign up now
CVS is an equal opportunity employer. They do not factor age, gender, or race into their hiring decisions.
Jobs available at CVS
In their stores, CVS is always hiring cashiers, photo technicians, pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, supervisors, and managers. Use StartWire to find the available jobs in your area. Search jobs.
There are also many positions available at the CVS corporate headquarters. The best way to discover new positions as they open up is to check the CVS hiring site each day.
Types of people CVS wants to hire
CVS wants to hire hardworking, dependable, and honest people to join their team. The company also places a huge value on customer service, so it would be a good idea to emphasize any customer service experience you have on your application, resume, and cover letter. Every CVS employee interacts with customers regularly, so this is a very important skill to have.
You must be at least 16 years old to work in a CVS store. However, some positions have different age requirements (you need to be 18 to work in the pharmacy, for example).
CVS Pharmacy was founded by Ralph Hoagland, Stanley Goldstein, and Sidney Goldstein. Today, Larry J. Merlo is the President and CEO, and Thomas Ryan is the Chairman.
In 2011, CVS Caremark reported $107 billion in revenue, with $3.46 billion in net income. Their operating income was $6.3 billion, their assets were $64 billion, and they had $38 billion in equity.