The dos and don’ts of social media during a job hunt

Screen Shot 2017-03-30 at 17.38.50Most hiring managers will check out your social media profiles before they even invite you for an interview, so it’s essential to carry out an audit before you start applying for jobs. For obvious reasons, this is especially important in the communications industry. It’s vital that you ensure a potential employer won’t see anything off-putting. It’s also critical that you prove you can use social media to good effect. The following should help you do both.

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FirstMedCommsJob: In conversation with the account managers

In this webinar, we’re joined by account management staff from different agencies to talk about their own journeys into MedComms and their current roles, the day-to-day working life of account managers, training opportunities and career prospects. The panellists are Melissa Kelly (Senior Account Executive at Envision Pharma Group), Tessa Rowland(Senior Account Executive at Lucid Group) and Matthew Smith-Andrews (Senior Account Manager at Ashfield Health). They have all been profiled in the new issue of our annual careers guide, “The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management“, which was published in January 2021. And we answer questions from the audience.

It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry level job.

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I work in MedComms…

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Whilst preparing the new issue of our latest careers guide, The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management (published January 2021)  we invited people working in account management positions in MedComms to tell us why they are doing so….

“I work in MedComms, which offers a fast-paced and exciting environment to work in. We are supporting the launch of a product in phase 3 development, so the projects we deliver really matter!”
Nicola Baines, Account Director at Oxford PharmaGenesis

“I work in MedComms and enjoy it because it allows me to work with such a wide range of people. It is rewarding to know you are working as part of a team to produce something that could make a difference to someone’s life.”
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Careers guide – account management

account_managers_369x524The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management

By Lindsey Heer, 4th edition published January 2021 [Download your copy]

As we explain in this guide, the terminology, job titles and specific roles of account managers or project managers in MedComms agencies can vary, but effective account management is always critical. This new guide helps explain how that happens in practice and provides you with an understanding of both the challenges and the rewards that come from a career in MedComms. We believe reading this guide will give you the edge to getting that first job.

This issue includes nine personal profiles written by current specialists in leading MedComms agencies, describing their personal journeys in to MedComms and the day-to-day work they now do, and an up-to-date directory of agency contacts. Continue reading

Working as a medical publications professional

In this webinar, we’re joined by John Gonzalez, the author of our new FirstMedCommsJob careers guide “Ensuring timely dissemination of research: A guide to working as a medical publications professional“, published in October 2020. The expert panel also includes Kat Ayling-Rouse (Scientific Director), Roz Bonomally (Senior Medical Writer) and Andrea Cifelli (Global Lead) from Envision Pharma Group. We talk about the roles involved in the publications management team and discuss the ethical and regulatory environment within which medical publications professionals work. And we answer questions from the audience.

It should be of interest to anyone working in and around MedComms, in particular those with a specialist interest in publications management and wanting to understand more about their career opportunities.

Recorded 02 December 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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FirstMedCommsJob: Working in MedComms at Syneos Health Communications

In this webinar, we’re joined by Amanda Smith, Alex da Costa, Rebecca Thomas, Eoin Duffy and Grace Parkinson of Syneos Health Communications. They share their insights about the company, its philosophy, how MedComms fits into the wider Syneos offering, and the different roles they play within their teams. You’ll learn about what they look for in new staff, what training is provided and what the career prospects are across the company. And we answer questions from the audience.

It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and wants to maximise their chances of gaining a job at Syneos Health.

Recorded 25 November 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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FirstMedCommsJob: Launching your medcomms career with McCann Health Medical Communications and FUEL

In this webinar we hear about FUEL. Join members of McCann Health Medical Communications (Cannes Lions 2019 Healthcare Network of the Year) to learn how you can give your career a flying start. It’s where they launch the careers of their future experts and leaders and where you get the turbocharged support to grow your knowledge and skills across a range of client services, editorial and writing roles. Are you ready to fly? Daniel Cicognani (HR Business Partner), Phillip Hall (Recruitment Manager), Hannah Logan (Senior Medical Writer) and Ruth Hadley (Head of Client Services) will share details of how those looking to launch a successful career in medical communications will benefit. And we answer questions from the audience.

It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and wants to maximise their chances of gaining a job at McCann Health Medical Communications.

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FirstMedCommsJob: Working in MedComms at Brandcast Health

In this webinar, we’re joined by Rosária Alexandre (Medical Communications Director), Stephanie Perkin (Account Director), Yana Stewart (Senior Medical Writer) and Jess Fox (Medical Editor) from Brandcast Health, a digital medcomms agency, to talk about their company, what MedComms means for them and the different roles within their teams. You’ll learn about what they look for in entry-level staff, what training is provided and what are the career prospects across the group. And we answer questions from the audience.

It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry-level job.

Recorded 11 November 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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I work in publications management…

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Whilst preparing the new issue of our latest careers guide, Ensuring timely dissemination of research: a guide to working as a medical publications professional (published October 2020)  we invited people working in publications management with the Sponsors, Envision Pharma Group, to tell us why they are doing so….

“I work in publications management not only to be engaged in the science, but for the opportunity to work with medical experts to distil key points from complex information and tailor its presentation to the audience for the most effective communication.”

Kathryn Condon, Scientific Director and Team Lead, Envision Pharma Group

“I work in publications management because the scientist in me loves that there is always something new to learn (and that I can do this without lifting a pipette!); because there is endless variety, therapy areas, projects, clients, experts and challenges; because I get to partner with clients in big pharma and speak with experts all over the world; and most importantly, because everything requires teamwork – the sense of camaraderie is profound.”

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Careers guide – Ensuring timely dissemination of research

publications_management_cover_365x517Ensuring timely dissemination of research: a guide to working as a medical publications professional

By Dr John P Gonzalez CMPP, 1st edition published October 2020 [Download your copy]

The aim of this guide is to provide an overview of medical publications management. As well as explaining the processes and the regulatory environment, we provide a number of profiles from specialist medical publications professionals that give valuable insights into the various different roles involved to help you determine if you’d like to join the team.

The 1st edition of this careers guide about working as a medical publications professional is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in October 2020, and it will now be updated every year.

This issue includes six personal profiles written by medical publications professionals, describing their personal journeys and the day-to-day work they now do.

Pubication of this careers guide has been supported by Envision Pharma Group.

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