Interview Thank You Note Musts


thank you note

Argh!  I have to write an interview thank you note? You’ve just spent all day interviewing. You want to kick back and review your day from the couch. Okay, you can have one drink and a two hour break but then write your thank you notes. Why? 22% of employers are less likely to hire… Read more »

Pharmaceutical Sales Brag Book – Paper or Digital?


pharmaceutical sales brag book

A pharmaceutical sales brag book remains as important today in the interview process as it was when this blog was originally written in 2017.  The difference? As with many things over the past year the pandemic has had an impact.  With remote interviewing the norm it is hard to leave-behind a brag book.  The need… Read more »

Work With Me! Thoughts from a Recruiter on Best Practices


 “The ability to form ongoing relationships with influential recruiters can prove more critical to your career success than any other networking outlet,” says Medical Science Liaison Executive Recruiter, Nihar Parikh. Here is some more essential information from Nihar to inform your working relationship with your recruiter. How to Find a Recruiter Make it easy for recruiters… Read more »

How to Become a Data Scientist


MSL Interview

Why Become a Data Scientist? Glassdoor has reported that the #1 job in 2016 and 2017 was Data Scientist. Springboard calculated there are 215,000 Data Scientist openings on Simplilearn says the world will generate 50 times more data in 2020 than was generated in 2011. These statistics are why you want to consider becoming… Read more »

PMSA 2018 Next Generation Analytics Conference


“I am certain that personalized marketing to our customers is just around the corner. Machine learning will enable us to take concepts developed by companies like Google and Netflix and translate them into models appropriate in pharma.” This is a prediction from Gellert Toth, Senior Director, Advanced Analytics, Sanofi US, in the PMSA member spotlight… Read more »

When NOT to Work with a Recruiter


While I was out to lunch yesterday I received a voice mail from a recruiter who was very impressed with my actuarial background specifically within the Medicare advantage space. He had a career opportunity for me that he wanted to discuss. Considering the fact that I  am a headhunter without actuarial work experience, it was… Read more »

Symposium on Data Science and Statistics (SDSS)


The American Statistical Association (ASA) has historically served the academic and biostatistical market place better than the non-pharmaceutical non-academic world. Recently they have made great strides in reaching out to broader users of statistical techniques. The Data Science juggernaut has probably been a significant influencer on that effort. The ASA’s Symposium on Data Science and… Read more »

Word versus PDF: What is the Right Resume Format?


actuaries vs IT

The only opinion that matters in the decision of which resume format to use is what the person or system you are sending the resume to wants. Almost always the answer is Word. The reason? The prevalence of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). Companies large and small use some form of an ATS. Large companies may… Read more »

Counteroffer Truths


The success rate of counteroffers in large organizations is less than 20%. A counteroffer could provide a temporary spike in an employee’s level of motivation, but it is not sustainable and their motivation will typically fall back to their earlier unhappy level in a matter of weeks. Counteroffers have proven to be more of a… Read more »