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One of the most common questions we hear most often from our candidate network is this: “Why should I explore new job opportunities right now?”

Does this sound familiar? As an pharmaceutical/biotech executive search firm, we hear it a lot. Whether we get a direct call asking for additional information, or when we make an outbound call to a perspective candidate, this question has become one that we expect to hear.

Here are 3 points to ponder to determine if (or why) you should be exploring new job opportunities:

  1. Evaluate all department opportunities within your group. If you seem stuck in your current position, look at the “total job” first, before jumping to the next. We all go through stages of disappointment, discouragement, rejection, and missing out on that key promotion. When it happens, right away we want to flee, instead of fight, for recognition. Remember that attitude is everything! It’s important to take things in stride, and keep your chin up.

Take a good look at your current role on the team and evaluate how you are coming across to your boss and peers. Are people asking you questions? Did your last project turn heads? Are your recommendations moving forward? Step back and take a look at how you are perceived. We are all in phases of development in our life: We are moving forward, or moving back. Which one are you in? The answer to that could tell you what your next step should be.

2. Consider what your next planned promotion should be, based on your last performance evaluation. This is key. Normally your supervisor needs to hear from you, as to why moving to the next level is deserved. Too many times we don’t plant the seed for that next level promotion, and skip along with the status quo. Make yourself and your intentions known up front about that next career step. It’s a bold move for some people, but it shows initiative.

3. Make sure your bonus percentage and salary increase are in line with your performance. Many companies routinely ask their supervisors to write out their own evaluations to justify the salary increases, etc. This is ideal, and to your advantage. Be honest in the evaluation. Detail supporting documents and projects to support your own evaluation. Once you submit it, then your boss will meet you face-to-face to discuss it. Be ready with supporting information of your past projects and campaigns. In that meeting, you are “selling” something that is truly important: YOU.

If any two of the three scenarios above are in question, then it may be time to look elsewhere for new career opportunities. It never hurts to investigate a perspective call from a friend, recruiter, or an old boss. I hope these suggestions get you on a faster career track in the 2015!

 

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A true statement: One of the biggest “door-openers” into a client company is the resume…. No-brainer. Got it! Congratulations! Now what? We spend more time on trying to make our resume the “best of the rest” than on any other part of the job search process. Yes, and well we should because the resume is absolutely a reflection of you, the candidate, no doubt about it. Read more »

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Dear Colleagues,

We are springboarding into 1st Quarter ’15 with some revived industry momentum and hearing from you about the market conditions, as well as how to approach future opportunities within your current company/department. While there will always be opportunities for promotion, what can you do ‘get an edge on getting noticed’? Read more »

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I have often heard from our candidates interviewing for various positions that a great boss/supervisor will “seal the deal” or “springboard my career.” It’s true, they might. An effective boss gets the most out of his people. Great bosses make great mentors too.

Most bosses want to be great, and be effective leaders too. So you ask, “how do I hit a home run with my boss?” Here are three things you should know.

  1. A great boss will expect performance, but will also be fair. Effective leaders push their team members in order to maximize their skill sets and core competencies. Do you wonder why companies are so critical to get sharp, experienced people? Great bosses try to surround themselves with the best people to do the best job for the team and the company. Therefore, do what you say and say what you do. Be consistent. Produce quality work all the time.
  2. A great boss will delegate responsibilities. Having vision is key to effective leadership. So listen to the vision. Soak it up. Accept constructive criticisms (or what I used to call, “teaching moments”) and enjoy your “5 minutes of fame” on a job or project that is well done. A great boss will expect responsibilities to be carried out properly and effectively. So always do the best job the first time.
  3. A great boss will not forget the little things. We all know that feeling when someone remembers and recognizes your birthday, anniversary, or big accomplishment. Well, the boss who remembers the day you stayed late to help with a board presentation or finish up a proposal always makes a mental note and recalls those details when performance evaluation comes around. These are all good signs that your boss is paying attention to you, and your work.

 

So remember, a great boss can’t be ideal or perfect all the time. He or she can be tough on the outside and it is their job to produce for the company. Keep in mind you can hit that home run by developing consistency, trust, and of course hard work. Performing at your best will always yield top-notch results. Be up to the task, be sharp, and don’t give up.

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Getting Past Those Obvious Mistakes

If overlooking a resume mistake has you upset, ease up on yourself. We are not all perfect – even though we want people to have that perception. Sometimes being imperfect can be beneficial, if you know how to handle it during a job interview. It’s called “thinking-on-your-feet” syndrome. Here are some “stop-gaps” to assist in restoring that mistake-free image on your resume and eventually in the interview:

1. Get a friend, spouse, or trusted colleague to look over your completed resume. Having another set of eyes proves worthy in spotting a grammar mistake or a phrase that just doesn’t sound right. Spell-check doesn’t always find everything.

2. Always tailor your OBJECTIVE statement to be simple, direct, and appropriate for the job. Pharma hiring managers want a clearly defined career objective. They are picky because the talent is out there. Gear your objectvie toward the career path you are looking for and want to pursue.

3. Customize your resume to fit the job description. Without transforming the content, a simple highlight of certain skill sets and core competencies will narrow the focus to impress the hiring manager. This does work. It will get you noticed!

4. In the interview(s), be prepared to explain in detail at least two recent projects or accomplishments. Hiring managers are impressed when you verbally express your work and talent without using notes. Thinking on your feet is priceless. It is notable and impressive. Client companies want confident and verbally skilled employees, especially in the competitive pharma/biotech, and medical device industries.

5. Bring a few extra resumes with you during the interviews. Sound basic? You’d be surprised how many of us forget, and we are sitting there trying to recall everything. During this blunder, recall specific accomplishments, verbalize your role, and tie it into the interviewer’s responses throughout the interview.

While we can’t always be guaranteed success, being prepared with a solid resume that is refined will make going to the next step of the interview process all the more comforting, and effective.