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Jobs Are Over: The Future is Income Generation- Part 4

July 21st, 2014 No comments

This is part four of Heather McGowan’s four-part series on the changing shape of employment, the emergence of the collaborative economy, the potential impacts on higher education, and the need for a new social contract. Heather McGowan

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The 15 Biggest Body Language Mistakes To Watch Out For | LinkedIn

July 8th, 2014 No comments

Until we get to know someone, our brain relies on snap judgements to try to categorize the person, predict what they will do, and anticipate how we should react. You may have heard that you only have a few seconds to make a first impression, but the truth is, your brain has made up its mind (so to speak) about a person within milliseconds of meeting them.

According to research done by a Princeton University psychologist, it’s an evolutionary survival mechanism. Your brain decides from the information it has—in other words, how you look—whether you are trustworthy, threatening, competent, likeable and many other traits.

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PharmiWeb’s New Job Search Series – how to get a job in Pharma

March 31st, 2014 No comments

PharmiWeb’s New Job Search Series – how to get a job in Pharma



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How to get a job without relevant experience

July 24th, 2013 No comments

Getting a job that needs experience you don’t have – It’s a common problem. You want to get a job in a given field, but you have no direct experience, and all the job adverts say “experience needed”, so how do you get experience without getting a job – Here are a few tips that might help:

Qualifications – before we start – make sure your qualifications are up to scratch – clearly if you don’t have the relevant qualifications OR experience, you’re going to be fighting a hard battle!

Entry Level Roles – Firstly many companies or agencies advertise “entry level” roles. These roles generally need little experience, but usually still need suitable qualifications. Take a look here:

Look at your “transferable” skills. Soft skills such as people management or project management are easily transferable, so make sure you highlight these in your CV.

Look outside your work – Maybe you already do something or can do something outside of work that demonstrates your passion for the subject and your enthusiasm. Not only does this demonstrate that you’re keen, but that you’re a do-er. It will also build up your skills.

Research – if you are desperate to become a Clinical Researcher for example, read up all you can about the subject. If you get a chance for an interview (or even bump into someone at a party), you’ll need to talk knowledgably about the job and demonstrate your enthusiasm.

Courses – There are loads of online courses available now, and many are free. If you have the time, do them. They will build up your knowledge and also look good on your CV.

Network – Online or offline, networking is a great way to get your foot in the door, or start to mingle with people in your target field. Attend a conference or two if you can afford it. Join appropriate LinkedIn groups.

Webinars – there are loads of online webinars now. many are free.

Experience by osmosis – If you’re looking for a medical sales role for example – find someone who’s already doing it and ask them (nicely) if they mind you shadowing them for a day. You’ll gain a great insight, and have something solid on your CV.

Volunteer – depending on the role, you may be able to volunteer or offer your services somewhere that’s relevant. Do thorough research to see who’s in your area, as you may be able to offer your services for a week or so at a suitable local company. Again, great for experience and networking.

Start your own website or business – Clearly this depends on your target role, but if you don’t have experience, you can always hire yourself! Consider what is connected to your target role, and see if there’s a gap in the market. Even just the research will help to add to your skills and knowledge.

Blog or Write – Blogging can be a great way to demonstrate that you know something about your chosen field. Writing an article and contributing it to an online or offline publications can be a great way to get exposure and also looks great on your CV.

Go out and get it – if you’ve identified the perfect job at the perfect company watch them like a hawk, and contact the relevant individuals regularly (but don’t become a nuisance!)  – you need to show them that you’re keen!

If you follow some of these suggestions you should increase your chances of landing that job! and don’t forget to keep checking :



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Facebook’s Job Board

November 19th, 2012 No comments

As you may have heard by now, Facebook have launched their new Job Board App.

By partnering with some existing boards like Monster, jobVite,, work4labs & branchout, they have added 1.9 million jobs to their new board.

Clearly this is following in LinkedIn’s footsteps, who make most of their income from recruitment based advertising, so it must be a bit of a concern for LinkedIn themselves. However, on first viewing I don’t think they’ve got  much to worry about immediately.

In many ways its disappointing, as search is crude, results are variable. There’s definitely no WOW here, and, other than the quantity of  jobs, they’ve  a long way to go before they get anywhere near your average job board. Personally I think that the average candidate would rather see 10 really well-matched jobs than have to search 1.9 million random ones.

I guess Facebook, although they potentially know lots about you, don’t have the same sort of profile information that LinkedIn have. So they’re at a disadvantage there.

We’d better watch the space though as Facebook will have plans, and they’ve got the money to implement them, and the audience to push them to.

Pharmaceutical Industry Acronyms

October 23rd, 2012 No comments

If you are new to an industry, the terminology and acronyms can be very confusing! So here is a short list of some of the key ones.

AABB American Association of Blood Banks
AACP American College of Clinical Pharmacology
AADA Abbreviated Antibiotic Drug Application
AAMC Association of American Medical Colleges
AAPP American Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians
AAPS American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
ABP Association Pharmaceutique Belge
ABPI Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry
ACE adverse clinical event
ACPU Association of Clinical Pharmacology Units
ACRP Association of Clinical Research Professionals, formerly Associates in Clinical Pharmacology
ACT Applied Clinical Trials magazine
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ADME absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (pharmacokinetic processes)
ADR adverse drug reaction
AE adverse event
AERS Adverse Event Reporting System
AFMR American Federation for Medical Research
AICRC Association of Independent Clinical Research Contractors
AMA American Medical Association
ANDA Abbreviated New Drug Application
ANDA Abbreviated New Drug Application
APhA American Pharmaceutical Association
API active pharmaceutical ingredient
ARO academic research organization
ASCPT American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
BARQA British Association of Research Quality Assurance
BCE beneficial clinical event
BDPA Bureau of Drug Policy and Administration (China)
BIO Biotechnology Industry Organization
BIRA British Institute of Regulatory Affairs
BrAPP British Association of Pharmaceutical Physicians
CAPRA Canadian Association of Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs
CDM clinical data management
CMC Chemistry, Manufacturing & Controls
CME continuing medical education
CNS central nervous system
CNS Central Nervous System
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPM Clinical Project Manager
CPMP Committee for Proprietary Medicinal Products
CRA Clinical Research Associate
CRF Case Report Form
CRO contract research organization
CRO Clinical Research Organisation
CSM Committee on Safety of Medicines
CTA Clinical Trials Assistant
CTC Clinical Trial Certificate
CTL Clinical Team Leader
CTM Clinical Trial Manager
CTX Clinical Trial Certificate of Exemption
DBDD Double Blind Double Dummy
EMEA Europe Middle East and Africa
FCPA Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
FDA Food and Drug Administration
GCP Good Clinical Practice
GI Gastro Intestinal
GMP Good Manufacturing Practice
HLM Healthcare Liaison Manager
IDB Investigators’ Drug Brochure
IREC Independent Research Ethics Committee
KAM Key Account Manager
MAA Marketing Authorisation Approval
MHRA Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
MREC Main Research Ethics Committee
NCE New Chemical Entity
NICE National Institute of Clinical Excellence
P Pharmacy Only Medicine
PIL Patient Information Leaflet
PMS Post Marketing Surveillance
POM Prescription Only Medicine
PPRS Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme
PR Public Relations
QA Quality Assurance
QC Quality Control
R&D Research and Development
SAE Serious Adverse Event
SAMM Safety Assessment of Marketed Medicines
SCRA Senior Clinical Research Associate
SDV Source Data Verification
SOP Standard Operating Procedure
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