Medical writing in the “digital age”

 

How much has the role of medical writer changed over the past few years?

 

As many people working or interested in a career in medical or healthcare communications will know, digital communications are taking the industry by storm as pharmaceutical companies seek to reach patient groups and healthcare professionals in ever more innovative ways.  In the past couple of years, we’ve seen campaigns ranging from viral videos for disease awareness campaigns and augmented reality apps being used as sales aids and everything in between.  But what does this mean for the humble medical writer?  Has the job description of medical writer changed with the advance of digital media?

 

The answer is – no, not really.  The key skills are still the same and the qualities that employers look for haven’t drastically changed.  The core of the job is still to communicate clinical and scientific information in a way that is accessible and accurate.  It is still governed by regulations that are regularly updated.  What has changed is how the work that a medical writer produces is used.  In the “olden days”, a medical writer would focus exclusively on traditional print media or journals.  Now, the work produced by a medical writer is used for a much wider variety of both print and digital media.

 

 

Candidates and Employers

 

For those looking at starting a career in medical writing, the market is very favourable at the moment.  We’re seeing more entry-level roles, writing academies and internships and things are definitely looking up.

 

The qualities and qualifications that medical communications or healthcare communications agencies look for in potential medical writers has, as I mentioned, remained relatively unchanged.  You’ll need a life science degree, preferably a post-graduate degree (either MSc or PhD), some research experience and some writing experience.  This writing experience can be anything from your dissertation, thesis, published papers, blog, poetry…  The list is almost endless.

 

The market isn’t just looking up for the juniors – if you’ve got a bit of experience under your belt, the opportunities are available to get involved in something a little different, to head up a writing academy as a senior medical writer, to lead an award-winning team as a principal medical writer or make that move to a more creative medical copywriting role.

 

For employers as well, there is an expanding pool of talent of experienced hires with digital knowledge or talented juniors with a passion for all things digital.

 

Whether you’re an employer seeking the highest-quality medical writers or a job seeker searching for the latest medical writing jobs in your area, contact our highly qualified team to discuss your needs.

 

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Do you fancy a new career as Conference Producer?

 

If you are looking for an amazing career and can see yourself as a Conference Producer, look no further!

 

Are you sick of the job you are doing and feel as though you are not being pushed? Are you in a job that is the same every day and want a career that will challenge you and push you to the limit? Maybe you want something new and exciting that you have never really done before but fancy your hand at? Well, look no further as here at Media Contacts we have a great range of future careers for you. With expert advice from our professionals, we are available to answer any questions you may have.

 

A Conference Producer job is one of the main roles within the events business. The highly competitive nature of the role means that there are always good new openings for this position.

 

As a Conference Producer you will take responsibility for the smooth running and success of a certain event. You will cover all the marketing side of the conference as well as the delivery side. To be a Conference Producer you need to have great attention to detail, you may even need to be a little bit fussy at times to make sure that you get it just right and that everything is done to the highest of standards. As a Conference Producer you also need to be able to see the fine details as well as the larger picture.

 

If you want to earn a great salary with room for improvement and pay increases, maybe you want to work your way to the top within a great company? If this is the case then a Conference Producer role is ideal for you. If you have the outgoing personality to go with it and think you have what it takes to be a great Conference Producer then check out all the positions we currently have available. Why not take a look now? Alternatively give us a call or come in and see us.

The Winter Olympics

 

As the Winter Olympics draws to a close in the coming days, with Team GB celebrating their best medal haul for 90 years, you could be forgiven for wondering what that could possibly have to do with recruitment. Indeed, you might think that a blog on such a subject seems like an attempt to tenuously link some rather general points about changing jobs with something that happens to be in the news. Well, you’d only be partly right.

 

Picture the scene: as you sit at the breakfast table, pouring coffee down your throat in a desperate attempt to wake yourself up, the newsreader reminds you that someone ten years younger (and twice as good-looking) has just fulfilled their lifelong ambition in Sochi. You begin to wonder what happened to your hopes and dreams. Admittedly, you’re probably a bit old now to be a professional footballer, but what about actually having a job you enjoy? You ask yourself whether your current twice-daily ten mile commute across London is really worth it. Particularly when your boss is constantly giving you a hard time. And the staff canteen has stopped doing those cakes you like.

 

Changing jobs isn’t something that should be undertaken lightly, but nor should you stay in a role where you’re unhappy, or feel that you’re going nowhere. With the increasing fluidity of the job market, good candidates are in demand – just make sure you take a new job for the right reasons. Don’t feel hurried into making a decision by unscrupulous recruiters looking to make a quick buck, with little regard for whether it’s the right move for the employer or the candidate.

 

At Media Contacts, as evidenced by our twenty years of successful recruiting, we’re in it for the long haul. For an honest chat about your future, or to hear about our latest opportunities, call 020 7359 8244.

The importance of social media – Linked In

 

If you’re reading this on LinkedIn, then chances are you’re aware of the ever-increasing importance of social media in business, particularly when it comes to looking for a job. It really is difficult to understate the part that websites such as LinkedIn play in the 21st century recruitment process – googling ‘social media recruitment’ will return page upon page of results extolling the virtues of social media in both finding and filling a role.

 

As a candidate, there are two ways of approaching your use of social media: actively and passively. Taking a passive approach is not completely without merit (though clearly if you make more of an effort you’re likely to get better results); however it is important even if you’re not actively engaging with social media that if someone were to look you up they wouldn’t be horrified by the results. As almost everyone knows by now (or should know!), most potential employers will look you up on social media prior to making a hire to check for any potential skeletons in the closet.

 

In terms of proactive engagement, the situation becomes a little more complicated – how exactly do you get the best out of social media, particularly if you’re looking for a job? Focussing your energies on LinkedIn should be a priority – make sure you do the following:

 

  • Flesh out your profile – add your skills, experience and a brief summary of yourself using words related to your ideal job (you will then show up when a recruiter or employer is searching for candidates for such a job)
  • Join groups (all our jobs are posted to our LinkedIn group, for example) and follow company pages – this will make your profile more visible, particularly if you engage with other members
  • Make connections! After all this is what LinkedIn is all about. Look for people that might be able to introduce to you to other contacts in your sector.

 

These are just a few basic suggestions, but it’s a good place to start!

Graduates

 

If you’re going to be graduating this year, now might be a good time to start thinking about how you plan to spend at least the next few years of your life – time ticks on and soon enough the 10p rise in the price of a pint at the union will be the least of your concerns.

 

While the graduate job market is definitely improving, with a recent study of employers predicting a 9% rise in graduate recruitment this year (BBC News), finding work can still be an incredibly trying experience (particularly if applying to the ultra-competitive grad schemes).

 

One major way in which a recruitment agency can help is in providing a trusted conduit to employers. The numbers in which graduates apply for jobs are such that many businesses simply don’t have the resources to cope with the recruiting process; for reasons of expediency, many potentially excellent candidates will be filtered out immediately on the basis of something minor. Recruiters play an important part in combating this: come to us, we’ll run through your options with you; provide impartial advice; and if we have an appropriate role, we’ll send you over to our clients with the Media Contacts seal of approval.

 

This way, candidates aren’t wasting their time applying for jobs they’re unlikely to get and, on the other side of the coin, employers aren’t seeing people that are unsuitable – everybody wins! That may sound a bit cheesy but there’s no denying the logic.

 

So, if you fancy yourself as a graduate trainee / Account Executive/ Sales Executive in the media sector and feel that your talents need bringing to the attention of a top class organisation, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We have a number of open jobs and you can click here to know more about job search/ interview preparation.