Clinical Research Jobs can be found at a number of companies.The different types of Clinical Research positions require various skill sets. In order to find the right opportunity for you, there are a number key factors to consider.
Your long and short-term goals are important to keep in mind for your next Clinical Research Job. If you are new to the field, developing skill sets and gaining experience will be important for you, so you may want to consider a smaller company where you’d potentially wear a number of different hats.
Similarly, if your goal is to move into a different role; for example, if you are a Clinical Research Coordinator wanting to transition into an Associate role; or a Clinical Research Specialist wanting to move into a Regional Associate or Monitoring role, you’ll want to be sure the company supports these potential growth and transition opportunities.
Whether you are a Senior Clinical Research Associate with more than a decade of experience, or an up and coming professional and you’ve just received your Clinical Research Certification, there are common challenges to finding your next perfect fit position: competition, timing, and information. These challenges aren’t necessarily unique to Clinical Research positions, but you are able to manage them well if you work in the industry.
“3 Key Points To Help Find Your Perfect Clinical Research Position”
1. Get & Give The Right Information
Start by determining all the important details for your next position including: The size of the company, the type of trials, the type of position/s, your pay range, ideal location, and other specific criteria such as benefits and your ideal amount of travel. Then share this information with people you are connected with; namely, trusted coworkers, former coworkers, colleagues within the same industry, your superiors or directors when appropriate, hiring managers and people connected to hiring managers. Communicating specific information in regards to your desired position with the right people is your first step towards realizing it.
You also want to have easy access to information regarding current Clinical Research opportunities that fit your criteria. This you are able to do by using online sources such as indeed.com, and by building relationships with people who make hiring decisions and those responsible for filling positions such as internal recruiters and HR members.
2. The Power Of Being Proactive
The secret to mastering time is developing the ability to prioritize and spend most of your time now on tasks that are important but not necessarily urgent until sometime in the future. Think for a minute how much coordination it takes to find the right location, right pay, right job title, with the right company and at the exact right time you want or need that position. And then on top of all these pieces coming together, you still need to be chosen over the many others applying for that same position.
To illustrate what it means to be proactive, consider the actions of a high school student from Minnesota. As a sophomore in high school, this student requested a meeting with the Chief Financial Officer at Target Headquarters in Minnesota. The next available meeting time for the CFO was a year and a half from the time the student made the request. Sure enough, a year and a half later they met, and four years later the soon to be college grad had a strong letter of recommendation and a job at Target Headquarters all lined up prior to graduating.
To be proactive, take action now pursuing something you know you’ll want or may need in the future. Reach out and network with people who can support you or connect you to the opportunities you might want down the line. People who have mastered this are able to line up opportunities for themselves months and sometimes years in advance making their paths look almost effortless.
3. The Competitive Advantage — Technology Vs. Humans
The last key point is figuring out how to stand out amongst all of the competition. While it might seem useful to have platforms such as Careerbuilder.com, SimplyHired.com and monster.com to search for your Clinical Research Job, what this is also doing is creating an influx of applications from all over, decreasing the probability to have your resume stand out, and increasing the amount of time it takes for hiring managers to sort and move forward in the hiring process.
The end decision for whether or not you are given a Clinical Research Job offer will be determined by a human! As quick as the internet allows us to send and receive information, or make connections through helpful platforms such as Linked In, personal relationships and referrals will always move things forward quicker when it comes to starting your next Clinical Research Job. Invest in developing mutually beneficial relationships with people. This is the ultimate competitive advantage that people possess and it will serve you well in landing your next Clinical Research position.