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commercial analytics trends

2018 has been a great year! While working hard helping our clients fill their vacancies, we’ve noticed a few trends and our salary analysis that we’d love to share. Higher Salaries We speculate there has been an increase in overall compensation for three main reasons: MMR Programs There are now several more universities providing Master… Read more »

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entry-level data scientist

You’re an entry-level data scientist and you are asked in an interview to describe your skill set. What is the best way to answer that question? Smith Hanley offers up an interesting approach.   Software The foundation of my skill set for doing data science starts with my programming skills. I have used both R… Read more »

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do data science right

Michael Li and Matt Maccaux of O’Reilly.com used two terms that perfectly define the struggle firms are having in building a data science function and monetizing that work: 1. Organizational Maturity 2. Scalability Limitations As recruiters of data scientists we have many clients interested in doing advanced artificial intelligence or machine learning work before they’ve… Read more »

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data scientist best practices

The unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since 1969. Candidates have options. The best candidates are in high demand. For hiring companies to get these candidates they will need to do more courting. Because it was a seller’s market, many hiring companies built more hurdles into their hiring process. Some of these hurdles… Read more »

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salary expectations

Yes, a number of states don’t allow employers to ask your current salary, but they can still ask what your salary expectations are as part of the interview process. Here’s how to prepare an informed answer that will sound reasonable and hopefully get you what you want. Salary History If you are in a state… Read more »

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actuaries vs IT

You are a math whiz, and you enjoy solving problems, but you love the practical application of your skills not the theoretical math career an academic PhD offers. As you consider your career options before or during your pursuit of your bachelor’s degree, two choices rise to the top. Do you want to be an… Read more »

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negotiating multiple job offers

Congratulations! You received a second job offer within hours of the first and can use one for negotiating with the other before you have to make a final decision. Here are some guidelines on negotiating multiple job offers professionally and effectively. Be Honest As we all learned in kindergarten, never lie. In negotiating multiple job… Read more »

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drug pricing policy making

In May 2018 U.S. President Donald Trump predicted that pharmaceutical manufacturers would “announce voluntary massive drops in prices” after introducing his “American Patients First” 44 page blueprint for reforming drug pricing. This blueprint includes a laundry list of policy ideas but not the one most feared by the pharma industry: allowing the government to negotiate… Read more »