Julia Walton, Director at healthcare communications recruiter, Media Contacts, provides tips on finding and applying for that elusive first job in medical communications.

Recorded 2 August 2017 at a MedComms Networking event in Oxford. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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ABSTRACT:

Medcomms agency websites, networking events, job boards and recruiters are all good places to start looking for a medcomms job. Candidates at entry level are more likely to be successful with a direct application to a medcomms agency. However, a good recruiter can provide guidance on the overall market, CVs, interview technique and preparation, as well as being able to negotiate with prospective employers, should candidates wish to take this route. Before you start applying, get clear about the type of role, agency and location you want, and why you want it – and do your homework on the industry and the job in question.

Think of your CV as a sales document, designed to secure an interview. The opening profile should motivate an employer to want to meet you. Keep it to two pages at the most, and pay attention to the detail. Most employers will not read a cover letter, but candidates still need to write one. Keep the letter brief, and say in it why you want the job with this employer and why they should hire you. Prepare thoroughly for any interview: be on time, dress professionally, and be focused and well researched. Emphasise interests and work experience that show that you have initiative and something to offer, and take a portfolio. The competition at entry level is fierce, so you need to stand out.

Written by Penny Gray, Freelance Medical Writer

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Full details of this MedComms Networking event are at http://www.medcommsnetworking.com/event_020817.html

Julia’s presentation (PDF format) is at http://medcommsnetworking.com/presentations/walton_020817_01.pdf

Julia’s Linkedin page is at https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliawalton/

More about Media Contacts can be found at http://www.media-contacts.co.uk

Filming and technical direction by Mario Crispino, Freelance Cameraman & Editorr

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