Lost Your Job? Good for You!Written by Karen Walker
Losing your job is a shock no matter how it happens. Fired, laid off, downsized-it's all spelled 'unemployed'. But once shock of a job loss wears off, you might discover there can be real benefits to being unemployed By looking for positive aspects of your situation, you can start to achieve life you've always dreamed of.
The first benefit of being jobless is that it gives a person time to re-evaluate life. Where am I going in my career path? Is this where I want to be? How does this mesh with other areas of my life? In what areas do I need to create more balance? Take some quiet time to reflect on where you are now, and start to carve out a path that leads to your ideal life. Put in writing answers to these questions so you can look back on them in future and track how you are progressing towards your goals.
Another benefit is that being jobless forces you to reassess your job skills. Do you have skills and experience to do type of work you really want? If not, what will it take to get that level of skills and experience? What skills do you already posses that you'd like to build and improve upon? Once you have a list, get busy honing those skills to get where you want to be. There are many resources for additional training and support, something for every budget. It doesn't hurt to ask about sources of training available in your area. A call to your local Job Service office can put you on right track. And of course, read. At library, a bookstore or on Internet- there is a never-ending list of resources available in print. Somewhere there will be an information source to learn skills you need.
The biggest benefit of unemployment may be doors of opportunity that will open when you are free to make changes. Now is your chance to go after that dream job. Or maybe you've always wanted to own a business. Depending on type of business, how much you have to invest of your own funds and credit you qualify for, there is a world of options available to you as a new business start up. If you desire a high level of support, purchasing an existing business or franchise may be an option to look at. But be careful! Often owning a small business means trading in a boss for equivalent of a job (since you still have to show up at work place every day), only with longer hours, lower pay and a host of other expenses and headaches you didn't have before. Since you’ll be working long hours, make sure you love what you do.
Leverage Your Network to Break into Pharmaceutical SalesWritten by Ryan Stewart
Anyone who has tried to get a job as a pharmaceutical sales rep knows that is can be a bit overwhelming. You have to understand strategies of effective networking, like finding pharmaceutical sales representative groups, right questions to ask whenever you are in company of those in industry and other ways to break into pharmaceutical sales. A solid networking approach will focus on 4 distinct components: expanding your network of pharmaceutical representatives, searching e-boards of pharmaceutical job listings, partnering with a recruiter who specializes in pharmaceutical and medical fields and increasing your industry knowledge.
When you become a networking expert, you will understand importance of asking, “Who do you know?” and “Does that person know someone else who should be in my network?” Remember old adage, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”
One of best ways to break into pharmaceuticals sales is to speak with a sales representative or district manager in industry. Building these relationships is important for a few reasons. First, it is a great way to get a referral. When an existing pharmaceutical sales rep refers someone to his district manager that can increase your exposure, which is great. Also, your existing pharma industry contacts may be able to give you more contact names, like hiring managers and Human Resource team. Third, your contacts might also have inside track on any plans to increase sales team or potential plans for opportunity within pharmaceutical industry.
Remember that your main goal of networking within pharma industry is to learn as much as you can and determine your strengths that make you a solid candidate. If you can, be sure to spend some time with a pharmaceutical sales representative while he conducts his client visits. A day in life of a pharma sales rep is best way to explore industry and can help you make an informed decision on your new career.