Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Redundancy: How to make this an opportunity

Redundancy in the pharmaceutical industry has been a recurring theme in November and December for the past three years or so; not the best time of year to be told you have no job. Yes the current global economic crisis has compounded matters but the affects we are seeing are more driven by the changing NHS, market access challenges, product pipelines and the drive for profitability.

So what do you need to do if you are told you are ‘on consultation’ or are actually redundant? Firstly do not panic. Then try not to take the news as personal, remember it is the job that is redundant, even if you feel unhappy about selection criteria for redundancy your HR Department will be ensuring that the process is fair and lawful.

It is normal to go through a whole raft of emotions which may include anger, relief, frustration, even sadness. The difficult aspects are often related to the fact that one day you had an interesting, respectable, well paid job with company car to suddenly being unemployed. Once you have digested this, and dealt with any immediate personal or financial implications, then please be positive so you use the situation as the opportunity it is to review your career goals and aspirations.

We know there are fewer jobs in medical/pharmaceutical sales than in the boom of 1995 – 2005 but the positive news is that roles are evolving, becoming more account management focused and often more specialist in nature presenting superb opportunities for strong sales professional to further develop their skills. It is fair to say that some people may see redundancy as a chance to move out of the sector, we are well trained by pharmaceutical companies and your transferable skills are marketable if you decide to explore that route.

Based on our experience there are some key tips which will be crucial in securing the right next position; you don’t want to jump in to a job if it’s not right. We do see too many people coming in six months post redundancy saying “I took my current job as I was redundant but realise now I took it because it was a job”; this doesn’t look good on a CV.
Ensure you have all the data/evidence you need to sell yourself at your next interview. Too many candidates claim the information has been lost or still on the company PC which has now gone back. If you are competing against someone else with a good Brag File you could miss out on that perfect job. Find all your sales data, business plans, appraisals, field visit report, examples of additional projects, formulary letters etc
Refer to this information when you are updating your CV; you need to have your CV as achievement focused as possible, these should be specific. Contact us (20:20 Selection Ltd) for advice
Find an agency that understands the industry and how best to sell your skills
Do not log your CV as open access on recruitment websites as you need to retain control of your personal information
Do keep a log of where you have sent your CV and track progress of your applications.
Consider how a Recruitment Consultant can help you prepare for interviews i.e. interview practice, presentations, attending assessment centres or just a sounding board
Be open to roles and companies you may not have heard of; there some interesting positions available.
Ensure you attend interviews you have committed to as it is a very small world.
Before an interview ensure you fully research the company and therapy area/products; the manager will expect you have done this as well as expect you can sell yourself for her/his specific position
Be prepared to work on feedback after an interview as it will help at second stage or if unsuccessful help for your next interview.

This is not an exhaustive list of tips but hopefully it may give you some help and/or inspiration. Getting the right job does take a lot of time but things can happen for a reason, even though you may not know the reason at this moment!

To discuss your own situation in more details contact our team on 0845 026 2020 or visit the website to view a selection of our current nationwide opportunities http://www.2020selection.co.uk/

Monday, 20 July 2009

Nurse Advisor roles in the pharmaceutical Industry

Have you ever seen a Nurse Advisor, a Clinical Specialist, a Clinical Support Specialist, or a Clinical Trainer post advertised in the RCN or on a jobsite and asked yourself - “That sounds interesting. What do these roles actually mean?”

As a general rule they are non-commercial, i.e. non-promotional roles that rely heavily upon the Clinical experience and expertise of a Nurse with relevant experience, interest and qualifications in a particular Clinical/Therapeutic area.

They all tend to be field based roles, so you will work from home and travel to GP surgeries, clinics, hospitals or PCT offices usually within your locality. Some overnight stays may be required occasionally and a degree of flexibility is a must. You will be required to work to very high standards in line with the ABPI code of conduct, and according to your company’s own stringent Standard Operating Procedures, but these roles tend to be very rewarding on a professional level and give you the satisfaction of having a high degree of autonomy when operating in the field.

Examples of the areas of expertise that these roles involve include: Diabetes, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and Coronary Heart Disease. The role would normally involve working in just one of these areas.

Most Nurse Advisors (and similar) are employed directly by either Pharmaceutical companies or Healthcare and Device manufacturers. There are some companies who assemble teams of these Nurse Advisors and deploy them to carry out exactly those same kinds of role on behalf of a client (e.g. a Pharmaceutical company who manufactures an asthma inhaler) – these personnel are employed by the third party company rather than the Pharmaceutical Company. These ‘teams’ are becoming increasingly popular in this sector. There is little to choose between being employed by one or the other actually.

The roles themselves vary widely. Some examples include:
Managing health outcomes in Type II Diabetes including initiating patient on injecatble therapies
Asthma nurses- identifying patients with poorly controlled asthma
COPD nurses- running patient clinics and making treatment recommendations to their GP
Training hospital nurses on use of infusion systems

To apply for these roles you will need to be currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, hold diplomas in the relevant clinical/therapeutic area, ideally have a teaching qualification and have a minimum of five years post-registration experience. And, as the role involves driving you will need a current Full Driving Licence with no more than six points on it.

The roles will usually reward you with a package of between £25,000 to £40,000, plus corporate benefits such as a company car, private healthcare, company pension, mobile phone, laptop and many roles attract performance related bonuses too.

Many nurses who have entered the Pharmaceutical or Healthcare industry via this route have gone on to forge extremely successful and rewarding careers in the industry.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Top 10 Interview Questions

1. What Are Your Weaknesses?
2. Why Should We Hire You?
3. Why Do You Want to Work Here?
4. What Are Your Goals?
5. Why Did You Leave (Or Why Are You Leaving) Your Job?
6. When Were You Most Satisfied in Your Job?
7. What Can You Do for Us That Other Candidates Can't?
8. What Are Three Positive Things Your Last Boss Would Say About You?
9. What Salary Are You Seeking?
10. If You Were an Animal, Which One Would You Want to Be?

1. What Are Your Weaknesses?
This is the most dreaded question of all. Handle it by minimising your weakness and emphasising your strengths. Stay away from personal qualities and concentrate on professional traits: "I am always working on improving my communication skills to be a more effective presenter. I recently joined Toastmasters, which I find very helpful."

2. Why Should We Hire You? Summarise your experiences: "With five years' experience working in the financial industry and my proven record of saving the company money, I could make a big difference in your company. I'm confident I would be a great addition to your team."

3. Why Do You Want to Work Here? The interviewer is listening for an answer that indicates you've given this some thought and are not sending out CVs just because there is an opening. For example, "I've selected key companies whose mission statements are in line with my values, where I know I could be excited about what the company does, and this company is very high on my list of desirable choices."

4. What Are Your Goals? Sometimes it's best to talk about short-term and intermediate goals rather than locking yourself into the distant future. For example, "My immediate goal is to get a job in a growth-oriented company. My long-term goal will depend on where the company goes. I hope to eventually grow into a position of responsibility."

5. Why Did You Leave (Or Why Are You Leaving) Your Job? If you're unemployed, state your reason for leaving in a positive context: "I managed to survive two rounds of corporate downsizing, but the third round was a 20 percent reduction in the workforce, which included me." If you are employed, focus on what you want in your next job: "After two years, I made the decision to look for a company that is team-focused, where I can add my experience."

6. When Were You Most Satisfied in Your Job? The interviewer wants to know what motivates you. If you can relate an example of a job or project when you were excited, the interviewer will get an idea of your preferences. "I was very satisfied in my last job, because I worked directly with the customers and their problems; that is an important part of the job for me."

7. What Can You Do for Us That Other Candidates Can't? What makes you unique? This will take an assessment of your experiences, skills and traits. Summarise concisely: "I have a unique combination of strong technical skills, and the ability to build strong customer relationships. This allows me to use my knowledge and break down information to be more user-friendly."

8. What Are Three Positive Things Your Last Boss Would Say About You? It's time to pull out your old performance appraisals and boss's quotes. This is a great way to brag about yourself through someone else's words: "My boss has told me that I am the best designer he has ever had. He knows he can rely on me, and he likes my sense of humour."

9. What Salary Are You Seeking? It is to your advantage if the employer tells you the range first. Prepare by knowing the going rate in your area, and your bottom line or walk-away point. One possible answer would be: "I am sure when the time comes, we can agree on a reasonable amount. In what range do you typically pay someone with my background?"

10. If You Were an Animal, Which One Would You Want to Be? Interviewers use this type of psychological question to see if you can think quickly. If you answer "a bunny," you will make a soft, passive impression. If you answer "a lion," you will be seen as aggressive. What type of personality would it take to get the job done? What impression do you want to make?

Source: Monster.co.uk

Friday, 5 June 2009

20:20 Selection in 'On Target' Publication

Realising the 20:20 vision

Group photo of 20:20 Selection staff

Healthcare recruitment consultancy 20:20 Selection Ltd is expanding with new premises and two new staff members.

Managing Director Karen Forshaw commented: “We have always considered it essential that the working environment should add value to our core function of recruiting for the pharmaceutical and medical industry. In our new location we are better prepared to address the challenges ahead.”

Managing Director Karen Forshaw commented: “We have always considered it essential that the working environment should add value to our core function of recruiting for the pharmaceutical and medical industry. In our new location we are better prepared to address the challenges ahead.”

New Recruitment Consultant Sarah Taylor has worked in the Sales and Marketing department of a private hospital, and has recruitment experience from earlier roles. She said: “20:20 Selection Ltd is a leading player in a fast-paced industry, with a unique team ethos focused on delighting the customer. It was these key features that attracted me to the company and I am delighted to be part of its success story.”

Sarah Byrom joins as Recruitment Administrator, having previously been a Recruitment Assistant for a computer game company. “Working in recruitment requires efficient and effective administration support,” she said. “I understand the importance of a slick programme which ultimately benefits our most important asset, the customer.”

Source: On Target


New Service at 2020 Selection Ltd

2009 sees the introduction of WebCam technology at 20:20 Selection Ltd making interviewing and coaching more convenient for you!

Our new building offers many sophisticated facilities such as a state of the art Conference and Meeting room complete with an interaction video link from which clients can communicate and maximise their busy working schedules.

We feel the benefits of video link is endless, it offers clients in the field, the opportunity to attend important board meetings in real time, and allows prospective candidates the opportunity of having direct dialogue with our consultants when they are unable to travel to our offices for interview.

Contact us on 0845 026 2020 to learn more about how we coach our candidates and the latest vacancies in the medical industry.