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How Effective Is Your Elevator Pitch?

As a defense professional, having an effective elevator pitch can help you expand your network, connect with different audiences, and even secure new job opportunities. In the simplest sense, an elevator pitch is a rapid-fire introduction, allowing you to showcase the best of what you have to offer in no more than the time it takes to complete a typical elevator ride. That way, you make a powerful first impression with about 30 seconds of conversation. Developing an effective elevator pitch and using it wisely aren’t as challenging as they seem. If you want to ensure you’re making the most of your elevator pitch as a defense professional, here’s what you need to know. Elevator Pitches Beyond Elevators While using your elevator pitch during an elevator ride is a classic option, you can deploy the technique in far more situations. It’s an excellent way to introduce yourself to recruiters during job fairs. Your ......

A Three-Level Approach to Assessing Your Next Move

As a life science professional, keeping your career on target can often mean having to find new job opportunities on occasion. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy or intuitive to figure out whether it’s the right time to make a move. That’s why you need a reliable strategy. In many cases, using a three-level approach makes assessing whether it’s time for a change simpler. Here’s an overview of the points you want to consider when deciding if now is the perfect moment to find a new position. Evaluating Your Company's Future One of the first things you want to factor into the equation is your current employer’s future. Is the company financially stable? Is it embracing trends and technologies that will keep it relevant? Are there any challenges that could derail its ability to meet goals and remain profitable long-term? Do the company leaders or department managers have the know-how and experience necessary to ......

Making Recruiter Introductions: Your Gateway to Dream Jobs

For defense professionals actively seeking out new employment opportunities (or those who may do so in the near future), connecting with recruiters is an excellent move. Recruiters can help you gain access to more opportunities in the defense sector. Plus, they often serve as your advocate, actively marketing you to defense industry employers to open doors. The trickiest part about connecting with recruiters is often introducing yourself effectively. Fortunately, with the right strategy, you can get it right every time. If you’re a defense candidate looking for a gateway to your dream job, here’s a look at how to make recruiter introductions. Strategic Messaging When you first reach out to a recruiter, being direct and value-oriented is essential. Vague requests aren’t going to catch a recruiter’s attention. Similarly, focusing solely on what you’re after – and not what you have to offer – isn’t going to work well. Instead, you want to present ......

Daily Habits to Boost Your Brain

Life science professionals need to rely on their mental faculties to succeed in their roles, which is why staying sharp is essentially a must. While you likely face your fair share of intellectual challenges on the job, embracing daily habits that help you think in different ways, gather new information, and otherwise boost your capabilities is wise. By doing so, you ensure that you’re at the top of your game, and that can benefit your career. If you’re not sure where to begin, here are some daily habits life science professionals should try. Daily Dose of Knowledge For many professionals, finding time for in-depth studying every day (or even every week) isn’t practical. Fortunately, you can use another strategy instead. Reading news stories, checking out articles from your favorite industry publications, or listening to debates on current topics taking the life science sector by storm can all work well. The benefit of this ......

Steering Clear of Common Job Search Mistakes

Many defense professionals want to start the new year off with a new position, causing them to launch a job search. While seeking out opportunities may seem simple on the surface, small missteps along the way can cost you opportunities. If you want to ensure your career success and find a new defense sector role quickly, here are some common job search mistakes you want to avoid. Maintain Communication One of the biggest missteps candidates make is not maintaining open lines of communication with their employer. In an era where “ghosting” is surprisingly common, gaps in communication may leave your recruiter assuming you’re no longer seeking out positions, causing them to focus their energies on other job seekers. Even if that doesn’t occur, they may worry that you’re unreliable or flitty, and that doesn’t work in your favor either. When you connect with a recruiter, focus on remaining responsive. Keep your phone accessible, ......

LinkedIn’s ‘Open to Work’ Feature

Whether you’re a life science professional actively seeking out new job opportunities or one that simply wants to keep their career options open, LinkedIn’s “Open to Work” feature may help you connect with employers. However, many life science pros worry that using it may make them look desperate or that it could have other consequences. Often, understanding what LinkedIn’s Open to Work feature does and whether it can lead to less-than-desirable perceptions by others can make deciding whether to use it easier. Here’s what life science professionals need to know about LinkedIn’s Open to Work feature. Understanding LinkedIn's 'Open to Work' Feature LinkedIn’s Open to Work feature is essentially a way for you to declare that you’d like to hear about job opportunities from hiring managers and recruiters. Additionally, when hiring managers or recruiters perform candidate searches, LinkedIn may prioritize your profile over those that aren’t marked as Open to Work. When active, ......

Spotting the 4 Red Flags of a Self-Awareness Gap

Self-awareness is a surprisingly critical skill in the workplace. Without it, defense professionals often have trouble navigating the environment effectively. In a worst-case scenario, individuals who lack self-awareness are incredibly disruptive and extremely damaging to morale. Many defense professionals assume that they’re highly self-aware. However, it’s easy to miss details about how you come across. Plus, even if you’re incredibly self-aware, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll encounter individuals who lack self-awareness throughout your career. As a result, it’s critical to know how to spot a self-awareness gap, both in yourself and others. If you’re a defense professional who wants to be the best possible coworker, here are the four red flags that need to be on your radar. Recognizing Narcissism in the Workplace One warning sign of a self-awareness gap in the workplace is conversational narcissism. Usually, the clearest indicator of this is that every discussion involving a person always ends up steered ......

Supply Chain Management in Pharma: Ensuring Efficient Drug Distribution

In recent years, many industries have been plagued by supply chain challenges. In the pharmaceutical industry, delays and obstacles are especially problematic. They can slow the production and distribution of critical medications, and the lack of availability of a treatment can put the population at risk. As a life science professional, understanding supply chain management in pharma is beneficial. Here’s what you need to know about what it takes to ensure efficient drug distribution. Core Concepts of Supply Chain Management The pharmaceutical supply chain is relatively straightforward. It begins with drug manufacturing, a process that includes the creation, extraction, purification, and processing of materials to create medications. That’s followed by packaging, including the designing and creation of containers, labels, and supporting materials that are distributed. Next is the wholesale or repackaging phase. This part of the process prepares the drugs for the healthcare market. For example, it can include repackaging medications in consumer-level ......

The Importance of Continuous Learning in Defense Careers: Staying Current and Relevant

As a defense professional, continuous learning is essential for your career. When defense professionals remain current, they ensure their long-term relevancy. Additionally, staying ahead of the curve helps employees in this sector to advance more quickly, as it allows them to bring something to the table that isn’t broadly available in the workforce. There are also additional benefits to acquiring new knowledge and skills as a defense professional. Here’s a look at what your defense career has to gain if you embrace continuous learning. Enhances Strategic Thinking In the defense sector, strategic thinking is critical for success. Continuous learning plays a significant role in how effective a defense professional is in this area. By being aware of emerging trends, new technologies, and evolving best practices, it’s possible to incorporate them into the decision-making process. Essentially, it ensures that new approaches aren’t overlooked when planning or problem-solving, allowing defense organizations to leverage more options ......

Navigating the Big Stay: How to Keep Your Life Science Career on Track

Following the pandemic, many life science professionals re-evaluated their lives, particularly when it came to their employment. Starting in 2021 and throughout 2022, professionals in a wide array of sectors began voluntarily leaving their positions. The sheer volume of people shifting around led to a period that was dubbed “the Great Resignation,” a period that also came with other changes, including rising pay rates. However, the landscape for life science professionals is changing once more. Now, the workforce is shifting to a paradigm that’s being referred to as “the Big Stay.” Quit rates are dropping significantly, and workforce participation is on the rise. Further, the number of available positions is on the decline, and pay increases for changing jobs are shrinking. As a life science professional, knowing how to navigate the Big Stay is critical for keeping your career on track. If you want to prepare, here’s what you need to know. What ......