Welcome back to #WeAreGreenKey, where we shine a spotlight on our powerhouse agency team.  

We met up with Krista Zielinski, Principal at Green Key leading the Pharmaceutical Orlando team. Krista started her staffing career more than a decade ago, transitioning to recruiting in 2010.

What led you to pursue a career in Pharma recruiting and what do you find most rewarding about your work?

I started my recruiting career in 2007 working in a support role on the sales side of staffing. I moved over to the recruiting side in 2010 with Green Key and this is where I’ve been ever since. I love being able to help others through their career journey.  Being able to see them progress through their career, sharing advice, and building long-term relationships is what I find the most rewarding.

What are current trends and challenges in pharmaceutical recruitment that clients should be aware of?

During the pandemic, almost all our positions moved to fully remote, and many employees adjusted their lives, homes and physical locations around that new model. The current challenge in today’s environment is that companies are moving back to a hybrid/on-site model, but employees are resistant or unable to fulfill that request, and many will only consider a fully remote arrangement.

How important is industry-specific knowledge when collaborating with clients and determining their needs?

Understanding the industry and staying up to date on our clients is extremely important. Our clients depend on us to respond quickly when they have new positions to fill or are facing downsizing situations. Staying abreast of news both positive and negative helps us prepare to support them during these times. 

How do you stay updated on changes and developments within the pharmaceutical industry to better serve your clients and candidates?

There are a lot of resources available to stay updated on changes and developments within the industry. I personally subscribe to various industry newsletters and articles that highlight significant topics but also offer insight into other intriguing parts of our industry.

Do you have any new professional goals, either for yourself or your team?

Yes! A professional goal we have as a team (and personally) is to focus on strengthening our relationships with our clients and candidates with the aim of setting ourselves apart from other agencies. Our goal is to fortify the bonds we’ve created to ensure we are offering the best support possible to our current and future clients and candidates. 

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