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At Green Key, our Pharma recruiters handle a variety of different roles in the industry. Among the most common positions are biometric professionals, which may include biostatisticians, SAS programmers, data managers, and data scientists. In the pharmaceutical industry, it can be difficult to market your skills and experience properly.  

Jordan Haas, a biometric recruiter at Green Key, shares his three keys to success in setting yourself apart in these unique careers. You can also view our recent TikTok featuring Jordan’s thoughts on this topic! 

Highlight leadership experience 

Leadership extends a long way as a biometric professional. Even if you only have a small amount of leadership experience, it’s still important to call attention to when job hunting. Jordan explains, “Even if it was only a junior colleague shadowing you while you learned a new program or wrote a statistical analysis plan. Highlight this on your resume and during interviews. Recruiters and hiring managers want to see leadership qualities in a candidate.” 

Showcasing your ability to communicate 

Like most industries, communication in the biometric field is key. Because these roles work with extremely complex information and numbers, someone less statistically driven might not understand certain acronyms and jargon. This requires the ability to explain complex information in a way everyone can interpret. Jordan says, “Being able to communicate and translate information into a digestible form for cross-functional teams, such as regulatory, quality, and medical writing, is extremely important.” 

Professional organizations & conferences 

“Attending well-networked conferences, with the intention of meeting people in person, will showcase your willingness to go above and beyond as a biometric professional. Essentially, you are proving that you can give back to your employer,” Jordan adds. Some of these organizations include the ASA (American Statistical Association), ISCB (International Society for Clinical Biostatistics), and CDISC (Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium).  Every year, the ASA holds the JSM (Joint Statistical Meetings) Conference too!  Additionally, there are SAS certifications that you can earn as programmers. Making these extra efforts will focus on your eagerness to grow and learn within a competitive industry. 

Contact a Green Key Pharma recruiter! 

If this career path seems like it’s for you, don’t hesitate to contact Jordan or the Pharma team at Green Key Resources. Your next job in biometrics could be just around the corner!   

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Jun 6, 2023

Career Advice From Clinical Research Pros

In an industry with many roles, seek out the one you love, the one where your passion lies.

That’s good job advice for all seasons and all professions, but in this it refers to finding your niche in clinical research.

It’s among a wealth of career advice from industry veterans, published in two parts this month on the ACRP’s Clinical Researcher site. These professionals describe their own career journey, offering up anecdotes and advice for both those new to the field and those looking to take the next rung on the ladder.

In part one, trustees and Fellows of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals share such career counsel as saying “YES! Yes to every opportunity afforded you. The more experience gained, the more useful it will be in your future.”

Sergio Armani, vice president for business development, North America, with Advarra and a trustee of the Academy of Clinical Research Professionals, echoes that advice. He entered the field after 22 years in financial services, so, he said, he had to “keep an open mind, raise my hand to volunteer for as many assignments as I could handle and be willing to learn as much as I can.”

Similarly, Elisa Cascade, MBA, executive vice president with ERT and an academy trustee, advised, “When an opportunity to work on a special assignment arises, take it. In addition to expanding your skill set you will gain visibility to a broader network of people, which in turn may open the door to new career options.”

Part two participants answered a call for veterans to provide career advice, with several describing their own experience explaining honestly and in detail how they came to the job they now have.

Laura Menck admits falling into clinical research, beginning as a back office medical assistant at a practice that did studies to today holding the position of senior manager of clinical operations at Philips.

“Twenty years in and I could not be more proud and happy that I found such a rewarding career!” she says, before providing a series of bullet-pointed suggestions for those looking to enter the field, move between roles or advance in their chosen niche.

Learn about various roles, earn an advanced degree and network, she says. And like the thought leaders in part one, she adds, “Take on stretch goals and assignments.

“Ask your manager if he or she has some task they have just not gotten to yet that you can help with. Yes, you are probably already drowning in your own work, but if you can make time, this can give you an opportunity to demonstrate what you can do outside your usual tasks.”

Passion, too, is important. Says Christine Senn, PhD, chief implementation and operations officer with IACT Health and a trustee of the ACRP, “What I would advise people new to the field is to discuss their strengths and the activities that give them passion with someone else in the field to see what the best fit might be.”

Writing her advice in verse, Joy Jurnack, research program director, Innovo Research and an Academy member, concludes the two parts of the career advice with this:

“Write blogs, publish papers, give lectures galore,

Collaborate with work mates, join committees, share your knowledge some more;

Don’t keep it to yourself, share your newfound smarts with all,

And volunteer! Volunteer! Volunteer cause it’s a ball.”

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Jun 6, 2023

Happy Hanukkah!

Whether you spell Hanukkah or Chanukah or one of the many other ways, for Jewish families all across the world tonight begins a time of joy and celebrating with food, gifts and games. After this last year, who wouldn’t welcome a joyful celebration!

Hanukkah begins with the lighting of the first of the menorah candles. For each of the next seven nights, an additional candle is lit until all 8 are glowing. For that reason Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights. It celebrates the victory over a Greek army by a small group of Jewish warriors. In rededicating the Jerusalem temple, they found only a small amount of sacred oil to light the menorah. Miraculously, the oil burned for 8 days.

To all friends who celebrate the holiday we say Chanukah Sameach!

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