A friend of mine who has been developing a career as a freelance medical writer recently asked me some questions that I thought might interest readers of this blog. I’ve paraphrased:
I recently saw a medical writing contract role offered by a pharmaceutical company and wanted to try to get more info about what the opportunity might mean for me. It looks like another agency (recruiter? headhunter?) is listing the position, rather than the pharmaceutical company advertising the role directly. If I go through this agency, will they get a part of my hourly rate? Will their goal be to make me take a lower hourly rate than I’m used to charging?
Would an agency that presents me to the pharmaceutical company request that I always work through them for future engagements?
Is there a way to estimate the hourly rate for a contract medical writing position if it involves onsite work with a pharmaceutical client?
Finally, do you think that I can figure out where the position is being offered at the pharmaceutical company, and can I go to them directly? Would HR have this info? Or are there other places within a pharma company that I could find this out?
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Posted: March 21st, 2011 | Author: Headhunter | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: contractor, headhunter, medical writing, medicalwriting, recruiter | No Comments »
A recent survey has ranked careers in biotechnology #1 for job satisfaction.
Careers in biotechnology ranked as the No. 1 happiest job in America, according to CareerBliss. “In biotech, the people that they work with, and more specifically the person that they work for, tends to rank higher in terms of importance, and employees are overwhelmingly happy with those conditions,” says Golledge. Biotechnology employees were also among the most happy with their daily tasks and the level of control they feel they have over that work. She adds that biotechnology is a growth industry, which makes growth opportunities in the field another key ingredient to its workers overall happiness.
Read the full story at Forbes.com here.
Posted: March 6th, 2011 | Author: Headhunter | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »
The Wall Street Journal explains the “job hunt black hole”, wherein you submit a resume to an online posting or corporate website and never hear about it again.
The article explains that when you send in your information, automated “Applicant Tracking Systems” (ATS) swallow and dissect your resume. It will only be seen by a live human being if it matches with specific keywords and skill categories determined by the software. If you’re lucky, you’ll get an automated email reply telling you that you’re in the system.
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Posted: March 8th, 2009 | Author: Headhunter | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: applicant tracking systems, HR, resume | No Comments »
Science has a new article on their careers site about developing skills during your education that can transfer into a career outside of academia. Communication, leadership, and management skills are highly valued in industry and public sector jobs but tend to get minimal attention during the average graduate or post-doctoral program.
“The quality that is hardest to find in the science policy world is the ability to write clearly and quickly,” says John Marburger, Washington, D.C.-based science adviser to President George W. Bush. “Communicating technical material in technical journals does not give you the skills to communicate to nontechnical audiences,” he says.
The article suggests some resources, such as the National Postdoctoral Association, that students and postdocs can turn to for help in understanding and developing these skillsets. Some of the suggestions in the article will be familiar to readers of this blog — joining Toastmasters or relevant campus clubs, for example. The suggestion to take charge of a lab responsibility, like radiation safety, as a way of demonstrating leadership is also a good one.
You may have noticed that there’s been a bit of a gap in posting lately. I’ve actually just started a new job myself, so things might be a little uneven until I get settled. Thanks for your patience!
Posted: March 1st, 2009 | Author: Headhunter | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: career, communication, leadership, management, skills, transferable skills | 1 Comment »
Given the current financial crisis, becoming a quantitative analyst probably isn’t at the top of many “careers in demand” lists these days. But if you’ve ever been curious about how you might be able to put your scientist’s mind to work solving problems on Wall Street, check out this Science Careers podcast with finance exec Lee Maclin, director of research at Pragma Financial Systems. Or read about algorithmic trading and quantitative analysis at the Advanced Trading Quant Center… but if this is the career you’re hoping for, you might want to ‘hedge’ your bets until things get back on track!
Posted: February 18th, 2009 | Author: Headhunter | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: finance, podcast, quant, quantitative analysis, scientist, trading | No Comments »