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CVS Health to hire 25,000 — and will do it all virtually

CVS Health is looking to fill 25,000 clinical and retail positions.

CVS Health Corp. is making in-person interviews a thing of the past — at least for its upcoming round of hiring.

The pharmacy retailer will hold a one-day national hiring event on September 24 as it looks to fill 25,000 clinical and retail positions. Most of the open positions are for full-time, part-time and temporary licensed pharmacists, trained pharmacy technicians and nurses at CVS Pharmacy stores.  The company is also looking to hire store associates.

CVS is taking the all-virtual route for its upcoming round of hiring. Job applicants can start the process by texting “CVS” to the company’s mobile job application feature or by going to the chain’s health career website, which will facilitate an online application, virtual job tryout and immediate hiring. There will be no on-site applications or interviews as the entire hiring process is virtual.

"By leveraging CVS Health's innovation and technology, we're making it easier for qualified and caring candidates to join our team and contribute to the company's ongoing efforts to help solve the country's health care challenges," said Jeffrey Lackey, VP of talent acquisition, CVS Health.

CVS noted that employees who refer full-time pharmacists or pharmacy technicians that are hired into the company will be eligible for a cash bonus.

The company’s hiring blitz comes as retailers are raising pay, adding incentives and enhancing benefits to attract employees amid a severe labor shortage. In August, raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour effective July 2022, with incremental increases starting immediately. It also reduced educational requirements for entry-level workers.

The CVS hiring blitz comes as the retailer prepares for seasonal flu shots, ongoing demand for COVID vaccines and, pending regulatory approval, COVID boosters. To date, CVS has administered more than 34 million COVID-19 vaccines and more than 32 million tests.

“Every flu season we need additional team members," said Neela Montgomery, executive VP, CVS Health and president, CVS Pharmacy, "but this year we're looking for even more. With the continued presence of COVID-19 in our communities, we're estimating a much greater need for pharmacists, trained pharmacy technicians, nurses, and retail store associates.”

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