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  • 1. Pharma Industry – Job Hunt Renee Mastalerz – MediSystem Division of Shoppers Drug Mart
  • 2. Agenda
    • Before you start your search
    • Why is it important to prepare
    • Perceptions of YOU
    • Research vs. job search
    • Where & how
    • Job Search Advice – Pharma specific and general
    • Decisions
    • Feedback loop – revisit & realign
    • Enjoy your career
  • 3. Before the Search
    • Finding Mission – make it fun
    • Who is hiring?
    • Why is pharma industry special?
    • Trends (aging population, technology)
    • Soul searching - your talents, passions
    • Review job postings (education and experience requirements)
    • Consider signing up for upgrading courses
  • 4. Job Search
  • 5.  
  • 6. Why is it Important to Prepare
    • Pay for play
    • Boring vs. Hobby
    • This might be the beginning of the rest of your life
    • Different career pathways
    • They don't teach 'Corporate' at the University
    • Quarterlife crisis
    • Value proposition ($ and  ) (hard and soft)
  • 7. Perceptions of YOU
  • 8. Perceptions of YOU
    • Gen Y
    • Techno-savvy multitaskers
    • Texting/Blogging
    • Virtual Networking
    • Self indulgent
    • Needy
    • Sense of entitlement
    • Book-smart
    • Dyslectic with ADD
    • No taste in music
    • Extra mental stimulation
    • Helicopter parents
    • Gen Y @ work
    • Shorten the weekday
    • Bring back Administrative Assistants
    • Redefine retirement
    • Give me my benefits
    • Promote based on Emotional Intelligence
    • Invent awards
    • Bring your parents to work day
    • Higher starting salaries
    • Re-invent performance review
  • 9. Don't Ask About / Avoid
    • Flex Time Policy
    • Pet Policy
    • Tattoo Policy
    • $ and Benefits
    • Internet Use Policy
    • Negative comments
    • Words like 'unfortunately' and 'annoying'
    • Facebook and Twitter improper content
    • Colloquialisms
  • 10. Finding a Perfect Job is a Journey
    • Figure out what you enjoy doing
    • Figure out where you are (gap analysis)
    • Talk to your perfect job (find a person)
    • Look for access points to get closer
    • Create a map (mind mapping, action plan, visuals)
  • 11. Research vs. Job Search
    • Job search is like exercise: Do it weekly or suffer the consequences
    • Make follow-up a game and you’ll win
    • Cast a wide net
    • Job information interview
    • Explore career paths (LinkedIn)
  • 12. Career Athlete
    • Get ready
    • Get serious
    • Set goals
    • It's a competition
    • You've been racing for a long time – don't quit before the finish line
  • 13. Where?
    • Industries
    • Pharma
    • Biotech
    • Clinical Research Organizations
    • Medical Devices
    • Manufacturing
    • Consulting
    • Healthcare
    • Government
    • Retail
    • Technology/IT
    • Jobs
    • R&D / Analytical
    • QA/QC/Validation
    • Clinical Research
    • Sales/Marketing
    • Operations
    • Health Economics
    • Consulting
    • Statistics/Data Management
  • 14. Employers are out there...
    • Review
    • Company website
    • Mission Statements
    • Leadership
    • Community Initiatives
    • Size
    • Financial Results
    • Recent News
    • Explore
    • Past performance and challenges
    • Immediate and future plans
    • Research competition
    • Confirm the fit
    • Why you?
  • 15. How?
    • Smart!
    • Network
    • Be alert and pro-active
    • Be respectful – respond to jobs that you can do and are in your area
  • 16. Job Search Advice
    • Clean up your Facebook page
    • Set up keyword news alerts (Google, Yahoo)
    • Create job alerts
    • Stop using a generic resume
    • Don't reinvent the resume (conservative template with an objective)
    • Streamline your story (get rid of irrelevant)
    • Tailor your references
    • Emphasize everything that can be considered experience (projects, volunteering, leadership, research, associations)
  • 17. More Job Search Advice
    • Selectively target employers (one at a time)
    • Revisit once a month (consistent effort)
    • Don't forget about personal contacts, voice-mail, verbal communication
    • Get a confirmation that you are a good fit for the future vacancy – if not – move on.
    • Persist and show enthusiasm
    • Ask around and ask some more
    • Network and be proactive
    • Use on-line resources to network
  • 18. Bad Habits of Ineffective Job Seekers
    • Lack of confidence or over-confidence
    • Limiting your job search to common job boards
    • Limiting your application to Submit button
    • Poor initial research
    • Limiting your time and effort (think of your time and $ investment to get educated)
    • Lack of direction and selectiveness
    • Shifting and changing objectives
    • Settling for wrong career once employed
  • 19. Decisions
    • Is it for me?
    • Company Mission Statement
    • Interview employees
    • Google it
    • Review the offering
  • 20. Enjoy your career and remember!
  • 21. “ There is no perfect job, only the perfect one for you”
    • Personal Branding
    • References and Network
    • Strive to become a professional
    • Get recommended
    • Deliver and exceed expectations
    • Become an expert
  • 22. Feedback Loop – Revisit and Realign
  • 23. Your thoughts?