Do I have what it takes to get a MSL job?

If you have ever asked, “Do I have what it takes to be considered for a MSL position?”, you are not alone. This is THE most common question I am asked! Of course each person asks this same question a little
differently.

“Know the Medical Science Liaison Role.”

Most people look at phrases like “develop thought leader relationships” or “facilitate clinical research” and stop there. You will find these in MSL job descriptions, but these are vague.

Because these are vague – candidates send in resumes and cover letters that are vague. They parrot what is in the job description and then say that they can do these things. They hope that the recruiter or hiring manager believes them.

Here’s a wake-up call: if you parrot something that 200 other people competing with you for the same job are parroting, you are going to blend into the sea of resumes. You won’t get remembered.

Here’s wake-up call#2: if you don’t know what encompasses the MSL role, in as vivid a detail as possible, you will not know if you truly have what it takes.

And most aspiring MSLs don’t have this level of knowledge. That’s why they can only “think” they have what it takes. This is also why most resumes end up in the trash pile.

I want you to do all the assignments in Secret #1. Once you’re done, I want you to come back to this email and work on this:

If I gave you a job offer to be a medical science liaison TODAY, and I hand you the keys to your company car, and access to company email…

Map out for me what you’re going to be doing this week… or if you’re really up to the challenge, this month! Really, tell me in detail what you’re actually going to do.

Then return to the original question: “Do I have what it takes to be considered for a MSL position?” How solid is your proof or supporting evidence of the answers?

And if you aren’t 100% satisfied with your answers, don’t worry – this is why we’re on this journey together.

To your success!
Jane