In the September issue of Life Science Leader magazine, we published an article featuring EVP and leader of Sanofi’s newly created global divisions and strategic development organization, Pascale Witz. During our conversation, the former GE executive commented on the value of headhunters (recruiters) in being able to do more than fill talent gaps. “Having headhunters review job description drafts can be very helpful to identify the most critical aspects of a job so you don’t end up with a position that looks great on paper, yet will never be able to be sufficiently filled,” said Witz. While recruiters can be great in helping to fill a company’s employee needs, they also can be excellent advisors for your next career opportunity. For example, I recently received a phone call from an executive who confided they would soon be making a career switch. Though the person admitted they would be getting a nice bump in salary, this was not the reason for why they decided to jump ship. In fact, being unhappy with salary wasn’t the reason for why the person admitted to being open to even listening to a recruiter when approached about an opportunity. Like so many people who opt to make a career change, this individual, a definite star performer, realized it was leadership’s lack of engagement regarding this person’s job that ended up being a primary motivator for why they even considered exploring a new career opportunity. Maybe you are happy with your job, your company, your career, and your salary, yet still show up to work feeling that something is missing. If that’s the case, consider the following advice from Jason Hersh, managing partner at the leadership placement firm, Klein Hersh.
Hersh’s Top 6 “Dos” When Beginning A Career Search
Hersh’s Top 6 Things To Avoid When Starting A Career Search
Career Search Resources To Get Started
While this list of 24 biotech and biopharma recruiters, as well as this more comprehensive list, can certainly get you started, it is a good idea to keep in mind that many recruiters often specialize in a particular niche. Jason Hersh compiled a short list of smaller niche and larger global firms (see table) to which I added his firm and Ashton Tweed.
Short List Of Life Science Industry Recruiting Firms
Smaller Niche Firms
Larger Global Firms
Rather than only working with recruiters when you really need to, try applying the advice of best-selling business author, Harvey Mackay. When it comes to the successful management of your career, if you dig your well before you are thirsty and network with recruiters in an ongoing basis, you will never have to search for another job, as opportunities will find you. Finally, if you haven’t done a career search in a while, take the time to read a book or two on the subject. Though you can find plenty of resource recommendations, keep in mind that the book by Richard Bolles, What Color Is Your Parachute?, has been in print since 1970, and revised every year since 1975. Wisdom, like best business practices, tends to stand the test of time.