An aspiring MSL has been trying to get into the MSL career for at least 2 years. He knew someone who became a MSL without prior MSL experience, so he knew it was possible.
He applied to several positions over the course of the past 24 months. Early on in the game, when the job market was still flush, he once made it to the interview round before being rejected.
Trying to break into this career is tough. I’m not kidding about the below 1% admission rate in this job. Let me put it in perspective: the admission rate to Harvard Medical School is under 3%.
Becoming a MSL is tougher than trying to get into an ivy league med school.
But then again, you pay Harvard 6 figures to get your education.
Pharma companies pay YOU 6 figures to make use of your education.
Back to this aspiring MSL. The deep disappointment of being rejected when he came so close – compounded by the continual rejection to his application afterward – made him frustrated.
What’s worse: these rejections began to color his attitude, and it comes across in his communication approach.
It got to the point where I’d much rather this person said NOTHING in his email and just included the resume and cover letter!
But there’s a difference between this aspiring MSL, and you. You feel just as strongly about your conviction to become a MSL, but you did something different.
You actually INVESTED in the tools you need to improve your application package. If you get a rejection – you will not walk away wondering “is it something I did? Is it something I didn’t do, but should have?”
This person, on the other hand, believed that it was luck. Pure luck.
Hence he thinks he knows all there is no know about how to get a MSL job.
(…..He doesn’t, because I’ve seen his resume and cover letter; both needs a lot of work.)
He’s partly right: the first time when he got close to getting the job, it was probably luck, because the MSL job market hadn’t plummeted as hard as it did over the past couple of years. Now, luck is rarely in the picture for MSL jobs.
I will give luck where credit’s due, I don’t believe in pure luck because then nothing I would do, would make a difference.
You probably have heard the saying (or some version of it), “chance (or luck) favors the prepared”. This is why you’re here, reading this, and working my program. When luck comes around, you will be ready.
And because you are taking control of the elements in this application process that you CAN control, you are less likely to be controlled by the bitterness pill!
To your success!