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Alpha

74 months ago

Your all after one thing, money! Please dont give me a lame excuse of pride and love for the industry. Ive worked as Marketing Director for 3 years for a well established pharmacy chain (private owned). The things you need to know and I hope will appreciate are simple yet often over looked.
First off, dont be cheap at all.
Follow my steps and I give you my word you will get a job in the pharmaceutical industry.
Step one 1) If you created your own resume, throw it in the garbage. I dont care if its made of gold. Go get yourself a professional.
Need to borrow the money, than borrow it!
Step 2) Do not listen to what he or she said.
You have your qualifications, make them work for you and also MENTION in your resume any sports activities but dont be fake.
Step 3) Go directly to the Pharmaceutical Company website, not some Recruiter.
Step 4)Kiss Ass. This is a last resort but will at times get you places. Go to the Doctors office, and be flirty with the girl working there and ask her if you could see the pharmaceutical cards. If your a girl than say a sad story , and than copy those cards or write town 10-15 emails and email those reps.
Step 5) Dont spend money on CNPRX whatever its called. If you dont have the experience to begin with , do you think that will get it for you. That is like the army hiring a sniper who took a 3 month shooting course but never served or practiced before that! ( not one of my best examples) .
Step 6) Be confident, your the shi#. Dont put yourself down and yes as dumb as this may sound to some of you smart ass's but workout, run, do pushups, eat healthy, that makes you feel better allllll together.
Listen , i really wish all of you luck and remember , you can get into anything but never aim for the impossible, God created all of us different with different skills, but such a job , it is doable.

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Pam in Montgomery, Alabama

71 months ago

Alpha said: Your all after one thing, money! Please dont give me a lame excuse of pride and love for the industry. Ive worked as Marketing Director for 3 years for a well established pharmacy chain (private owned). The things you need to know and I hope will appreciate are simple yet often over looked.
First off, dont be cheap at all.
Follow my steps and I give you my word you will get a job in the pharmaceutical industry.
Step one 1) If you created your own resume, throw it in the garbage. I dont care if its made of gold. Go get yourself a professional.
Need to borrow the money, than borrow it!
Step 2) Do not listen to what he or she said.
You have your qualifications, make them work for you and also MENTION in your resume any sports activities but dont be fake.
Step 3) Go directly to the Pharmaceutical Company website, not some Recruiter.
Step 4)Kiss Ass. This is a last resort but will at times get you places. Go to the Doctors office, and be flirty with the girl working there and ask her if you could see the pharmaceutical cards. If your a girl than say a sad story , and than copy those cards or write town 10-15 emails and email those reps.
Step 5) Dont spend money on CNPRX whatever its called. If you dont have the experience to begin with , do you think that will get it for you. That is like the army hiring a sniper who took a 3 month shooting course but never served or practiced before that! ( not one of my best examples) .
Step 6) Be confident, your the shi#. Dont put yourself down and yes as dumb as this may sound to some of you smart ass's but workout, run, do pushups, eat healthy, that makes you feel better allllll together.
Listen , i really wish all of you luck and remember , you can get into anything but never aim for the impossible, God created all of us different with different skills, but such a job , it is doable.

Alpha...you are so awesome. I love it that you keep it real real!!!!!

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Shai B in Detroit, Michigan

70 months ago

Thanks for your HONESTY. I did get certified with NAPSR and passed the exam, etc. I had 6 interviews with Glaxo, with no previous pharma sales, but, outside sales exp in another industry and I was one of the last two chosen. At the end of the process, the DM told me that I was not chosen simply because I had never worked for a pharma co. before. Everything else, he shared was excellent. He asked me tons of questions about my training with NAPSR and said that he was remarkably impressed. I too, really became passionate about landing a job and followed their formula to a T. NAPSR gives one an incredible understanding of the industry and at the end of the course, you are given a detailed realistic account of normal workdays and how to approach the load that it can be. I am sure nothing is like the "real thing" - but, had it not been for NAPSR I may not have gotten as far as I did. When I went on the field ride - I totally thought that I had the job. I had ensued a few mentors in the industry, and they all thought that I had landed the job as well. It did not work out in the end...but, I have kept in touch with that DM and have had the privilege of some great conversations and guidance.
I did land a job right after my series of interviews with Glaxo...I began working in inhouse sales with a pharma company in my city. It was interesting, but not really what I was hoping for. About 9 weeks of working at that job, I was recruited by a plastic surgical company...SRI, based in Troy, Michigan. I am still working in house...but I consult for the surgeons, have garnered so much experience with selling the plastic surgery procedure that we do...but, I would still love the flexibility of working in the field. I am currently getting my Master's in Health Care Management, I have a great year's track record here at SRI. This fiscal year, my earnings will be 108,000. Is it ridiculous of me to think that I can earn that type of income in pharma territory sales?

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Garnet S in Knoxville, Tennessee

70 months ago

I have tried to get into pharma sales for several months with no success. I had my resume professionally done. I did not expect it to be difficult for me to get into the field b/c my entire work history consists of working with many physicians, nurses, hospitals, homehealth agencies, medical equipment suppliers,etc. I even had several letters of recommendation from various physicians I've known for years. I also help build a new company from ground up, meaning I traveled all over TN visiting several Developmental Institutions, TN state officials, various physicians and medical providers, and more; all was done in order to market this new company which did not even have an office. Me and 2 others pulled it off and today the company is very successful. We had to compete with many well known service providers in order to convince family members, a variety of staff from various agencies, state officials, and the institutionalized person, to choose us as a provider and trust in us to provide the upmost care. I have years experience working as a social worker, case manager, counselor, therapist, and more. I have been dealing with medications and medical equip for years. What is my problem? Sure, I want to make more money. After years of working very long hours on a low salary, I want to earn more money and be able to do more for my family. My father unexpectedly passed away last September and he had been the primary care giver for my mother who had a severe stroke and requires 24 hour care. I took care of my mother for several months while at the same time caring for my 14 yr old son who had suddenly became severely depressed, etc. In other words, I could not work for the first time in my life b/c my family needed me. I was out of work for 6 months and used all my savings. I have not even had one phone call from a pharmaceutical company. I am now working in Sales as a Mobility Specialist and I get paid commission only. No pity, just pray for family & I.

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09hamilton in Lewisville, Texas

61 months ago

Pam in Montgomery, Alabama said: Alpha...you are so awesome. I love it that you keep it real real!!!!!

the condescending approach you've taken isn't helpful, shows your youth,, however you do SOME good points. tho is respect your title in AL,, my advise is to speak to your local pharmacist, your doctor, your vet, etc., and ask who their supplier is, as they are often one and the same. ask questions, as for a name, ask for a reference.

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09hamilton in Lewisville, Texas

61 months ago

to all.. advance medical is hiring pharma sales reps NO experience needed, in phoenix, dallas, possibly for positions available nationwide. hope this is helpful.

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09hamilton in Lewisville, Texas

61 months ago

as for Alpha (posted 13 months ago,, don't listen to any of that. you don't have to be a former cheerleader, you don't have to have a resume (you do need to be a fast learner and pretty good speller), you don't have to do community service work, and in total contradiction to Alpha's advise on flirting, do NOT flirt as you will be calling on doctors and pharmacist acct so be proffessional,, also leave the kick butt tude at the door. it's a challenging, ever constantly changing long term career, if you chose it to be. I doubt, with all due respect, that Alpha is still working for her dream job and all the cowboy cheerleader positions are allready filled for the season. sorry for being snarky but, i digressed.

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09hamilton in Lewisville, Texas

61 months ago

Pam in Montgomery, Alabama said: Alpha...you are so awesome. I love it that you keep it real real!!!!!

U are no help to no body, yet bet you've been promoted to CEO.. congrats

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09hamilton in Lewisville, Texas

61 months ago

it's not real....but as simon and garfunkel sais so succinctly, a man hears what he want to hear and disregards the rest. (la,la,la,la,la,la----la,la,la,la) go ahead, give yourself a big pat on the back and call or apply to advance! the fear factor is that they might just hire and train you!

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09hamilton in Lewisville, Texas

61 months ago

advance is also hiring for atlanta area markets, again...NO experience necessary..

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K19231@aol.com

59 months ago

09hamilton in Lewisville, Texas said: advance is also hiring for atlanta area markets, again...NO experience necessary..

09hamilton you apparently work or are affiliated in some way with Advance Medical Corporation. I am a firm believer that everyone should start at the bottom of every single company or affiliate. It is evident to me they want things done their way and not a robotic sales pitch learned attitude. Personally, I am ready to go and am willing to relocate most anywhere as long as I like and believe in the product being sold.

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09hamilton in Lewisville, Texas

59 months ago

no,no...I started in animal medical side with Burns Vet Supply (their parent was Darby Drug)largest manufacturer of generics in the world, at least at that time. Burns merged or was bought and is now absorbed by Butler Vet located in the DFW metroplex. I had a good background in sales and after about 2 and a half years, I wanted to move to Hollywood Beach FL, so they offered me an inside sales job for Darby in Ft Lauderdale. I feel that animal medical is fairly easy to break into, at least it used to be, keeping in mind that all the major players, merck, bayer, etc., also have sales teams of animal medical sales reps. But basically, a valium is a valium whether prescribed for a human or a dog, you're just dealing with mg/kgs. Hope that clears it up!

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K19231@aol.com

59 months ago

Thank you for clarifying that info. I did not know this but should as much as I have been involved in the human division. A small story...I was at a dinner party one evening with at least 4 to 5 doctors present at the dinner. Suddenly the host's dog started having a seizure. So I told them to melt a valium into liquid and shove it down the dog's throat someway. They all said no they wanted to wait for the vet assistant. Long story short...the vet asst. asked, "Does anyone have a valium on them?" So I graciously gave up my valium to the assistant but the dog did not make it that evening so was put to sleep. I was told later that had the valium been initiated by these doctors the dog would have been just fine. I was at DFW for an interview for American Airline sometime ago and not sure if the weather is hotter here in FL or there. You certainly are correct to recommend no flirting in the presence of a doctor's office...very unprofessional. Can not beat San Diego which I would take in a heartbeat for their regional sales. Let's see wide angle glaucoma....must be some ophthalmologist's equipment or med's. Thank you again.

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09hamilton in Lewisville, Texas

59 months ago

as for the heat, I'd say it's six to one, half dozen to the other...105 degrees and dry vs 95 and humid! I'll take the dry in July and August.

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K19231@aol.com

59 months ago

My cousin's husband is a vet in Ponca City. Also try www.montpharma for contacts and of course you know that every contact address is in the front of a PDR with the exception of the actual doctors. AMA. I am in Naples...not too far Hollywood but would rather be in Hollywood, CA.

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09hamilton in Lewisville, Texas

59 months ago

Also the VPD for animal med pharmaceuticals. Obviously you must be from CA and not afraid to slide into the ocean. LOL!!

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K19231@aol.com

59 months ago

I am not afraid of anything. Loved California. It is too humid in FL and still not acclimatated. Texas is very dry and that dry can sneak up on you with dehydration. So is this company name legit as it says and will hire without experience or do you know? I personally think I have a lot of medical experience and I have owned my own retail vitamin supplement business. Am used to doing research for profitable income while reducing overhead.

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09hamilton in Lewisville, Texas

59 months ago

I'm sorry, Which company?

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09hamilton in Lewisville, Texas

59 months ago

www.accessbutler.com? yeah, they're not only legit, their the super giants now.

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K19231@aol.com

59 months ago

First of all....excuse the misspelled words....long day. On CareerBuilder they are advertising Advanced Medical Corporation for what appears to be one (1) position in each state or regional area of the country and then some trainee positions I believe. They are a placement company in the pharmaceutical representative and medical equipment industry.

They are assisting a leading pharmaceutical company as they add rep positions to their sales force for the sale of an existing product line in addition to a new product launch, subsequent to phase IV approval....but we know what that phase approval process is all about don't we?

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09hamilton in Lewisville, Texas

59 months ago

for entry level at advanced medical you probably need to apply thry pharcor corporation.

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K19231@aol.com

59 months ago

Or just go to school? You are as tired as I am.

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K19231@aol.com

59 months ago

Thanks....500 links....completely understand.

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09hamilton in Lewisville, Texas

59 months ago

i never went to school. sorry if i'm not making sense but am also watching the boob tube. i thought you were trying to go straight into sales and bypass school. a sales background is the most important thing, your not doing R&D, or are responsible for the manufacture and efficacy standards, sales is sales. if the practice uses 1000 5mg pred per week at $25 per 1000 tabs, if they take a month supply of 4000, you can give it to them for $20 thus saving them $60 per year. that is the gist of it, really.

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K19231@aol.com

59 months ago

Yes, I know. Have dealt with reps myself in the office. They are only introducing the product so patients will purchase and the physician will recommend or prescribe.

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K19231@aol.com

59 months ago

NO!! I do not want to entertain school right now. Life experience is much better.

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K19231@aol.com

59 months ago

09 Keep in touch.....is my email showing up?

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09hamilton in Lewisville, Texas

59 months ago

not sure, got a weird do not reply thing...have a good evening! best of luck!!

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K19231@aol.com

59 months ago

Thank you for the tip and if you will contact me tomorrow at K19231 I will attempt to obtain my cousin's husbands office tele. # for you. He is a vetenarian. I appreciate your help. If the address is not legible let me know and I will expand.

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sannvil in Jacksonville, Florida

49 months ago

Hi everyone. Im new to the site . I just want to ask you guys if you have some tips on how to get a pharmaceutical job here in the states. I worked with Novartis for 6 years handled primary care products cardiovascular, and my husband was with Bristol Myers Squibb also for 6 years outside US. We migrated here because I decided to practice my Nursing profession here. Im actually asking for my husband. He has very good track record, He was Man of the year back to back and has been consistently on the top when he was with BMS. He applied here in the US but has not had any luck yet. I would appreciate some tips. Thank you. :)

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Mac in Wilmington, North Carolina

37 months ago

Shai B in Detroit, Michigan said: Thanks for your HONESTY. I did get certified with NAPSR and passed the exam, etc. I had 6 interviews with Glaxo, with no previous pharma sales, but, outside sales exp in another industry and I was one of the last two chosen. At the end of the process, the DM told me that I was not chosen simply because I had never worked for a pharma co. before. Everything else, he shared was excellent. He asked me tons of questions about my training with NAPSR and said that he was remarkably impressed. I too, really became passionate about landing a job and followed their formula to a T. NAPSR gives one an incredible understanding of the industry and at the end of the course, you are given a detailed realistic account of normal workdays and how to approach the load that it can be. I am sure nothing is like the "real thing" - but, had it not been for NAPSR I may not have gotten as far as I did. When I went on the field ride - I totally thought that I had the job. I had ensued a few mentors in the industry, and they all thought that I had landed the job as well. It did not work out in the end...but, I have kept in touch with that DM and have had the privilege of some great conversations and guidance.
I did land a job right after my series of interviews with Glaxo...I began working in inhouse sales with a pharma company in my city. It was interesting, but not really what I was hoping for. About 9 weeks of working at that job, I was recruited by a plastic surgical company...SRI, based in Troy, Michigan. I am still working in house...but I consult for the surgeons, have garnered so much experience with selling the plastic surgery procedure that we do...but, I would still love the flexibility of working in the field. I am currently getting my Master's in Health Care Management, I have a great year's track record here at SRI. This fiscal year, my earnings will be 108,000. Is it ridiculous of me to think that I can earn that type of

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Swetasri bhattacharya in asansol, India

23 months ago

Hi,frnds am new in dis site.can u tell me, working in a pharma industry in marketing as MR is it possible for girls?am a pharmacy students pls help me

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Joe Gagill in Monticello, New York

21 months ago

Heather in Villa Rica, Georgia said: Takeda has pharmaceutical sales jobs available all the time. takedajobs.com/

Why is this? In my area they always advertise.

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ptl717@aol.com in Winston Salem, North Carolina

17 months ago

I am an Executive Consultant with Rodan and Fields Dermatologist. I am looking to add additional Consultants to my team. It has been proven that people with a Pharamaceutical background have the greatest success. If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting ground floor opportunity email me @PTL717@aol.com. Check out my website:
patlocklearmyrandf.biz

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Jay in Franklin, New Hampshire

17 months ago

ptl717@aol.com in Winston Salem, North Carolina said: I am an Executive Consultant with Rodan and Fields Dermatologist. I am looking to add additional Consultants to my team. It has been proven that people with a Pharamaceutical background have the greatest success. If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting ground floor opportunity email me @PTL717@aol.com. Check out my website:
patlocklearmyrandf.biz

Hello,

I am interested in speaking with you. I have tried responding to your website,but it does not appear to be working. ANy other ways to contact you?
Thanks

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RBS20 in mumbai, India

15 days ago

i have a Ph.D.in microbiology and 9 yrs.experience in molecular biology. After trying at many places i feel that there are no satisfactory jobs (either less salary,or too far placed) and have decided to float my own online company.

Since pharmaceuticals have a big market share, I wish to know if there are any web based searches as patent information, drug history or other that they would like to outsource to small players like me.

also if somebody can suggest how to approach pharma companies so that they can outsource some of their work to me.

Thanks any help would be greatly appreciated.

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