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Top Takeaways from Our SEMbio Hangout: Break Through to the Other Side

Earlier this month, we hosted another "SEMbio Hangout." If you haven't gotten to attend one yet, SEMbio Hangouts are a series of virtual meetings we host via Zoom where we meet with MSLs, aspiring MSLs, and MSL managers to discuss trends or popular topics. Our topic last week was "Break on Through to the Other Side," a topic where we discussed the task of transitioning from an MSL career into other non-MSL career paths. We had 3 panelists - Niren Shah, Woodie Zachry, and Kartik Aysola - join us to talk about their journey.  My summary here is no substitute…

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3 Reminders of the Importance of Authenticity

I always feel silly when telling someone "just be yourself " in an interview as if that's a secret tip they wouldn't know. I'm sure any time I remind someone to do this in an interview they roll their eyes and think "wow, Lawrence thanks for the life-changing advice." But, it's worth reminding everyone that sometimes it's easy to go too much into "interview mode." Don't lose track of your best asset by not being yourself. Other than the obvious point that lying is bad, here are a few reminders why authenticity could be a difference-maker for you. 1. People…

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3 Reasons to Ditch Motivation for Discipline

People put a lot of stock into motivation. Motivation has turned into big business. It is estimated that the motivational speaking industry brought in $1.9 billion in 2019! Being told all of the ways we can motivate ourselves each day is kind of intoxicating. A bit of motivational inspiration can make us feel like today is the day we turn our lives around! Imagine that - the idea that one day's worth of work will lead to years' worth of change. But there is a great substitute for motivation: discipline. Here are three reasons why. 1 - Motivation is fleeting…

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5 Key Takeaways from our Degree-Specific Recruiter Hangout

SEMbio hosted our third virtual recruiter hangout last week. If you haven't tuned in yet, this is where SEMbio hosts dozens of MSLs or aspiring MSLs to join us along with a panel of experienced MSLs or MSL managers to discuss popular topics followed by a Q&A session. Last week's hangout was again geared towards aspiring MSLs but this time we made sure to have all degree types represented to better gear our pros' advice to all audiences. Here are 5 key takeaways: 1 - Set yourself apart with unique clinical experience The nurse practitioners and physician assistants out there…

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5 Tips for Working with a Recruiter in Medical Affairs

A job search can be a very daunting experience for most, whether it was your decision to find a new job or you were forced to find something new due to outside circumstances. Having a specialized recruiter to help walk you through the process can be extremely beneficial, especially in Medical Affairs for MSL roles where the interview process can be unique and time-consuming. As someone who never personally used recruiters before I became one, I know there are many others out there who don’t truly understand the most efficient and effective ways to use recruiters. Below are some tips…

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