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You can land a MSL job with no MSL experience - consultations available
Landing your first MSL job can seem like a daunting task. Many candidates will search for months without having a single interview, leaving them to wonder if there are jobs out there for MSLs. The fact is that companies are hiring MSLs at a record pace, even MSLs with NO INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE. Yes, every company that hires MSLs will hire and train someone with no experience (there are specific jobs that will require experience).
Anyone who has actively searched for a MSL job has been told that “you must have 2 – 5 years of existing experience”. They will normally hear this from a company HR representative or an independent recruiter trying to fill a job order for a company. How do you get 2 years of experience if no one will hire you? Don’t despair; there are plenty of entry level jobs available. These jobs are not posted and not represented by recruiters, but they exist. How does someone get their first MSL job? By truly differentiating yourself in the job search. Start with your resume - is it an academic CV versus a professional resume clearly giving insight into the skills you possess that will provide the foundation for your MSL career? How are you searching for jobs? Depending on job boards and soft networking are passive ways to conduct a job search and unlikely to get you an interview. If you want your resume seen, submit it to a high level hiring manager in Medical Affairs. This not only ensures an “educated buyer”, who truly understands your background and the MSL role will see it, but also demonstrates to the hiring manager that you know how to get to Key Opinion Leaders.
Who gets MSL jobs? I have selected a few client profiles to give insight into who is landing interviews and jobs. (Please note that names and hiring company information are anonymized to respect confidentiality.)
John – Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor with four years of postdoctoral experience. Heavy pulmonology research experience. Landed MSL job with cardiopulmonary division of major biotech company in 3 months of joining coaching program.
Jane - Ph.D. in Neuroscience candidate. Received offer from neuroscience diagnostics company within 4 months of joining coaching program (the same week she received her Ph.D.).
Bill – Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, with industry experience as a Licensing Associate. Received job offer from small pharmaceutical company for a Urology MSL job within 6 weeks after beginning coaching program.
Jeff – Ph.D. in Biology, Faculty Instructor at a major research university. Received an offer from a small biotechnology company for a neurology MSL job in less than 5 weeks after joining coaching program.
Mary – Pharm.D., experience working in pharmacy operations. Received a job offer with mid-sized pharmaceutical company for a respiratory MSL job within 3 months of joining coaching program.
MSL job search consultations and coaching sessions are available with Elizabeth Danford at $75.00 per one hour session. Sessions can be scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.