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PMSA Conference

The Pharmaceutical Management Science Association (PMSA) 2019 Annual Conference is a “fraternity of like-minded people,” according to Jassi Chadha of Axtria. Lauren Tian of Novartis says going to the PMSA conference is like a “family reunion” where she partakes in a “happy discussion about our work and our future.” The PMSA conference held this year… Read more »

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Using a Recruiter

In my prior life as a consumer insights professional, I viewed recruiters/headhunters as part of my network of professional colleagues. I was always happy to take their calls to hear about jobs being offered. Since I’ve transitioned into a recruitment role, however, I’ve been exposed to a multitude of research professionals who have a more… Read more »

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data scientist education

In this age of online learning there has been a trend in Data Scientist hiring to include candidates with only a bachelor’s degree as long as they have done some intensive, applicable boot camp training, research with their professor or sophisticated internship. Proficiency or near-proficiency with Python and R also make a difference. Is this… Read more »

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actuaries vs IT

“Your data is only as good as its strategy,” so says Competing on Analytics author and professor, Tom Davenport. Every company has troves of data but not very many have agreed on what to do with it or how to operationalize it. Companies are data-rich but information poor. What is keeping actuaries from a successful… Read more »

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data scientist best practices

In a 2019 survey conducted by LinkedIn, 91% of talent acquisition professionals felt soft skills are the most important trend in career development. The top five soft skills in demand relative to supply are: Creativity, Persuasion, Collaboration, Adaptability and Time Management. Data Scientists under perform in their jobs by not excelling at these same five… Read more »

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hiring process

Why do you need a faster hiring process? Hiring Costs The longer a position is open the more expenditures occur in the hiring process for advertising and personnel time. Time to process resumes, time to phone interview, time for in-person interviews, cost of bringing people in for interviews and most importantly the cost of work… Read more »

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Happy 39th Birthday

Executive Recruiters’ Smith Hanley Associates History   March 1, 1980 Two Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grads, Brant Smith and Tom Hanley, partner to form Smith Hanley Associates.  They open their first office in New York City. 1984 Rick Wastrom joins Smith Hanley Associates to assist in the development of a Quantitative Analyst recruiting practice and lays the groundwork for Smith Hanley’s… Read more »