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Happy July 4th

We hope you have a very happy and safe celebration on July 4.  Your recruiters at Smith Hanley Associates.

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statistics rebranding?

As recruiters in the analytical space for almost 40 years, our first reaction was eh, Data Science, just another name for statistical analysis. We were wrong. Data Science requires a set of skills that includes statistics but isn’t limited to statistical analysis. Silicon Valley question-and-answer website, Quora.com had some interesting exchanges on this topic. Statisticians… Read more »

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Artificial Intelligence

Automation is widely used in the market research industry and has effectively saved time and money for many firms. When a task is automated, software follows the instructions given. The dramatic innovation offered by Artificial Intelligence over automation is the learning that occurs in the system itself, without human intervention. Here are six dramatic impacts… Read more »

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Greatest Weakness Interview Question

How best to answer the interview question, What is your greatest weakness? Also disguised as: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? What are the parts of this job that will be the most challenging for you? What is something you could have done differently? What would your boss/co-workers/clients say… Read more »

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MSL Salary Negotiation

According to the 2017 MSL Society Salary Survey, only 31% of Medical Science Liaisons offered a new job or an annual salary increase at their existing company negotiated for a larger base. When they put forth the effort to negotiate their increase was an average of 9%. With MSL salaries averaging $150,000, that 9% raise… Read more »

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Data Science Team

At the 2019 Pharmaceutical Marketing Science Association Conference in San Diego over 300 pharma analytic professionals attended multiple presentations on the conference theme of “How to Design the Right Analytics Campaign that will Reach Your Targeted Market.” The most relevant constant across all of those presentations was the need for a data scientist on your… Read more »

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Sports Statisticians

The 2011 Academy Award nominated movie, Moneyball, brought the idea of sports statisticians into the mainstream. Billy Bean, general manager of the Oakland Athletics and the subject of this film, mentioned actuaries no less than 7 times in an interview he had with Risk Management Magazine in 2014. “…when we used sabermetrics, it was essentially… Read more »

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Artificial Intelligence Innovation

From 2013 to 2016 the CPG industry grew less than 1.8% on average each year.  Generational shifts, omni-channel media, retail fragmentation and the rise of niche brands are all making for rough terrain for CPG companies Consumers are seeking help in their purchasing decisions with information from Google search, Twitter, Facebook and influencer networks like… Read more »

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Job Search and Resume Don'ts

It can be daunting to understand what is going wrong in your job search or why your resume isn’t getting you that first phone call from the company. Here is a list of “don’ts” to make sure you aren’t losing out in your job search because of one or two simple mistakes. LinkedIn Make sure… Read more »