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4 Pieces of Advice for Aspiring Medical Science Liaison (MSLs)

Breaking into an MSL role takes focus, upskilling and dedication. Here are 4 tips for those seeking their first MSL role:

 1)   Writing a compelling MSL CV.

  1. First you need to learn what are the competencies, skills and knowledge recruiters and hiring managers are looking for in an MSL candidate....
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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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Top 6 tips on how to work with recruiters to land your 1st MSL role

Working with recruiters is all about building relationships, so making a first good impression is critical. Each recruiters have different relationships with different companies. Therefore, the more recruiters you connect with the more MSL roles you will be able to apply to.

Here are 6 tips on how to work best with...

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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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Dr J #10 - Reflecting back on my MSL transition and my past career as a researcher

When “from SCIENCE to PHARMA” asked me if I’d write a piece on how my first 2 years as MSL have been, I immediately thought about what a life-changing decision it has been to transition from Academia to Pharma as an MSL. And how much more rewarding and fulfilling the MSL role is than I’d...

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