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Soft skills are essential for MSLs

Soft skills & Emotional Intelligence (EQ) are essential for MSLs and aspiring MSLs to optimally engage with internal and external stakeholders and excel in their MSL role.

Soft-Skills & EQ are also considered by recruiters and hiring managers as THE most important traits when assessing candidates during the...

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Is job hopping bad for your MSL career?

We had a lot of questions recently from MSL candidates who are worried about leaving their job after only 1-2 years and asked FSTP if it is bad to “Job hop”.

Here's our view as FSTP to MSLs, MSL managers and recruiters:

1) To the MSLs.

Yes, it is ok to "job hop". Most candidates job hop, because of the...

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Clinical trials audiobook for MSLs

Conducting clinical trials is essential in bringing a drug to the market. As an MSL you need to know everything about clinical trials, as trial read outs and trial data is what you will be discussing as an MSL with your KOLs.

FSTP has developed the first FREE audiobook on Clinical Trials together with Fast...

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4 key tips on how to transition with no MSL experience

1. Upskill on what the MSL role is and highlight your relevant MSL skills, competencies, and knowledge on your CV/resume and during the interview process

2. Become a subject matter expert. You need to upskill on the treatment management of the disease you will be working on as well as the clinical data of your...

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5 common MSL interview mistakes

1 – Not fully understanding the MSL role. 

The standard questions you will be asked are: “Could you describe the MSL role? How does it differ to a sales role?  How do you bring value to the HCPs and to the company? Tell us about MSL compliance and ethics?”

2 - Lack of preparation. You...

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The 4 steps in the MSL hiring Process

Step 1: The phone call with HR. This interview is to quickly assess your understanding of the MSL role and to ensure you fulfill the key job requirements.

Step 2: The technical and behavioral interview. This interview assesses your skills, competencies and knowledge that are relevant to the MSL role. It also...

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Use your postdoc grand/fellowship money to get MSL career ready

Postdocs are very committed to their research projects (I have been one). It is not with surprise that I hear that some postdocs are working AND keep on working knowing that their fellowship or grant money is running out very, very soon. Some even work without receiving ANY salary, just to finish the last...
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How low can your postdoc go?

Recently I was talking to one of our candidates - who is currently working as an MSL - about the time we first spoke on the phone. The first time we spoke, was about her interest in our “from SCIENCE to PHARMA” MSL training course, as she desperately wanted to become an MSL (and leave academia).

In our...

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Nature Career Blog - Medical Science Liaison role for PhDs

The changing landscape of pharma: a new route for PhDs?

The pharmaceutical industry is changing – challenging for some, but an open road to opportunity for others. And the latest opportunity in the world of pharma comes from a rapidly growing demand for Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs), says the founder of...

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