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5 Hobbies to Pick Up While Sheltered-in-Place

Perhaps the main downside of living the life of a Medical Science Liaison is the time spent traveling. Some of you drive frequently across a small territory and your time is spent staring out of the windshield. Others fly frequently over a large territory, spending time going to and from airports and standing in security lines. Either way, one thing you have in common is spending a lot of time in places where you can't quite do anything productive. We're living in an usual period where we're stuck inside and can't quite carry on the routine of which we're so…

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SEMbio Offers Resume Help in Response to COVID-19

As we enter into more than a month of quarantine and social distancing, this new “normal” starts to become more real every day. Staying positive and reaching out to help others is at the forefront of our society, and SEMbio’s thought process is no different. We are continuously looking for ways to help our community, whether it’s supporting local businesses in DFW, healthcare workers, and first responders or those within medical affairs. Our biggest motivator for the past 10+ years has always been to help others, and it couldn’t ring truer now. Below are two exciting new initiatives to help…

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3 Reasons to Consider Interviewing During COVID-19

With the United States now leading the world in confirmed COVID-19 cases, it’s safe to say there’s uncertainty surrounding our everyday life. And, job security is likely at the top of that list. I don’t think anyone’s first reaction to a pandemic is to leave their essential, stable career. However, I’m here to tell you why this is one of the best times to make a move. 1. Companies are still interviewing When SEMbio first learned the seriousness of COVID-19, we, of course, wondered what it means for hiring. Companies went silent, interviews were slowing down, and no one was…

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7 Ways to Succeed in a Virtual Interview

Virtual interviews are now a bigger part of our lives than ever before. As non-essential travel is currently banned, in-person interviews are being scrapped in favor of virtual interviews. This includes using video interviews to see each other and screen-share capabilities for the presentation (side note: but good news! Most pharma companies are still hiring). As a result, we have reached peak 21st century interviewing and the virtual interview process is getting its time in the spotlight. It's a different style of interview to get ready for with a few nuances to prepare for that aren't always at top of…

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5 Ways to Instill Confidence in Your Customers

The MSL role may be scientific in nature, but at the end of the day, we have realized that this is a customer-facing position requiring soft skills such as emotional intelligence and communication skills. Without the confidence of your customers (i.e. KOLs), you'll only succeed so much as an MSL career. Here are 5 ways to instill confidence in your customers (bonus tip: these all work well in an interview setting, too!). 1. Be yourself Let's start with an easy one; a tip that should come more naturally than any other - be yourself. People gravitate towards genuine people; those…

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