December 21, 2012

How to Attract College Graduates into Entry Level Roles

In order to attract college graduates to your organization you need to know what motivates them, how they get information, and what they value. New college graduates are looking for security and stability and the majority would prefer small to mid- sized firms to begin their career. Social Media: Find out where your audience is, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or any other medium, and build a presence there. Think about what makes your workplace special, and use your branding […]
December 7, 2012

What are the 4 Most Effective Ways to Increase Employee Motivation?

Being able to motivate your employees is one of the biggest assets an employer can possess. What are the best ways to make sure morale and productivity remain high while at work? 1)Praise employees for their accomplishments. Employees want to know they are doing a good job and when you as their boss acknowledge that it goes a long way. This can be done by simply saying what a good job they did during a meeting. However, be specific. Instead […]
November 30, 2012

What Employers Need To Know About The Class of 2012

By: Jacquelyn Smith (Forbes Magazine) In order to attract the best new workers, employers had better understand how the 3.4 million Millennials graduating from college and entering the workforce this year plan to seek employment, and what they’ll look for most in a company and a job. They want the chance for advancement even more than a good salary, it turns out, and getting them to stay at a job may not be easy. The “Class of 2012″ survey, conducted […]
November 16, 2012

How Do You Answer a Question About Your Salary Expectations?

The answer is simple: On your application simply write negotiable-nothing more, nothing less. In your interview, you might also be asked verbally about your salary expectations. When asked about your salary expectations, simply say, “1 would consider any reasonable offer.”, If the person responds with, “No, really, what are you looking for?” Reply again with, “No, really, 1 am very excited about your company and the role I would play here, and I would consider any reasonable offer,”?’ No interviewer […]
November 9, 2012

How to Conduct a Successful Behavioral Interview

Behavioral interviewing focuses on how the interviewee has acted in past employment related situations based on skills, abilities, and knowledge with questions often starting with: “tell me about a time” “describe a time” etc. The idea is that past performance will correlate with future performance. Not sure what to ask during a behavioral interview? Here are some common questions: – Can you give me an example from your past when you had to make a quick decision under lots of […]
October 26, 2012

From AAPS 2012: Megan Driscoll on Winning the War for Top Pharma Talent 10/18/2012 By Agnes Shanley At the AAPS annual conference in Chicago this week, recruiter Megan Driscoll, founder and principal of Pharmalogics, led a discussion group on the job market for scientists and other senior life sciences professionals. The program, which featured seasoned HR professional panelists Britt Tasker with Perrigo, Angela Blomquist, with Upsher Smith, and Sara Gustafson withVertex Pharma, was aimed at pharmaceutical HR professionals. Nevertheless, it offered great insight for any pharmaceutical industry professional who is contemplating a […]
October 26, 2012

How to Write an Employee Handbook

The employee handbook is important to your organization’s growth and structure because it communicates to the employees just what the employer expects and what the company will provide in terms of a productive working environment. More importantly, it forces the employer to be consistent in the enforcement of company policy instead of allowing it to shift from person to person or situation to situation. Employees like to feel that they will receive equal treatment, regardless of the situation or position. […]
October 19, 2012

How to Conduct an Effective Exit Interview

Exit interviews are actually a formal process best handled by your human resource management. With an HR specialist, you can ensure an exit interview is properly conducted and informative. Because the primary purpose of the exit interview is to discover why the employee is leaving, you need to ensure the information gathered can be analyzed and put to good use to increase retention rates. Practicing the Right Principles Although there are a number of ways organizations prefer to conduct exit […]
October 5, 2012

“Winning the War for Top Talent” Featured on AAPS Blog

My dad is an engineer, analytical and precise in every way. Growing up, whenever I went to him with a problem, his fix-all phrase would be, “It’s the little things that matter.” As I sit here now contemplating all that I have learned in the last 15 years of recruiting in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry, that phrase pretty much sums it all up. Companies don’t need the best lab equipment money can buy or to offer free lunch and lattes at […]
October 3, 2012

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute – BAA Half Marathon

Hello everyone, An employee of ours, Shelagh is running in the BAA Half Marathon this Sunday October 7 for the Dana – Farber Cancer Institute. “Since I graduated in May 2012, I have had no papers, exams or reading to complete (besides the Pharmalogics test!), so I wanted to give myself a new “assignment” of sorts. I figured there was no better way to challenge myself mentally and physically than to run a half marathon and support an organization that […]