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Breaking Into the Pharmaecutical Industry

Posted on August 9th, by Henry Goldbeck in Job Search. 1 Comment

Breaking into the pharmaceutical or medical industries as an experienced sales professional from an unrelated industry can be extremely challenging. In our experience these industries either hire recent university graduates, medical professionals making a transition into sales or experienced reps from within the industry.

Medical device sales can be somewhat easier but not much. What you would need to do, in my opinion, is somehow gain credibility as someone already knowledgeable in the field
through non-fulltime work activities and credentials. This would require quite a lot of dedication and effort.

Here are some possible ideas in that direction:

  • Subscribe to industry journals, read everything you can about the industry and the companies in it on line on a regular basis
  • Join associations and volunteer

You could also look at where your experience in your current industry intersects with the pharmaceutical or medical industry. Look for a sales position for a product that you have experience with that would be selling to the medical industry.

I also saw this online. Maybe I am a dummy and it is this easy.
“3 Days To a Pharmaceutical Sales Job Interview, 2008, 5th Edition by Lisa Lane, Award -Winning author and pharma sales consultant”

Good Luck!

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Henry E. Goldbeck, President of Goldbeck Recruiting Inc, is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and founded Goldbeck Recruiting in 1997. Since then, Henry has built the company's reputation as a leading headhunter and recruitment agency in sales, marketing, operations, engineering, and executive level positions across a variety of industries.

One thought on “Breaking Into the Pharmaecutical Industry

  1. @chels I know what you mean, its hard to find good help these days. People now days just don’t have the work ethic they used to have. I mean consider whoever wrote this post, they must have been working hard to write that good and it took a good bit of their time I am sure. I work with people who couldn’t write like this if they tried, and getting them to try is hard enough as it is.

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