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Career Transitions for Life Science Scientists

Asking yourself if you enjoy your job can be scary, but a truly terrifying question is asking yourself if you like where your career is going. There are scientists like myself who, as passionate about science as we might be, don’t find our professional fit in research. We are told that changing directions is not what you do; you’ve chosen your path and it’s too late to look back. But it’s not….

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Powerful Are the Compassionate: How “Nice Leaders Finish First”

It’s easy to get the feeling that compassion is undervalued in the life sciences industry – and business world – as a whole. Some people mistakenly see it as a weakness, and others simply fail to adopt it as a leadership practice. However, when we really hold up a lens to the most successful companies, the most successful teams, they tend to be led by compassionate people who provide emotional support and guidance.

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How to Find Out When Life-Science Job Candidates Are Lying

We see ourselves as “career matchmakers.” We do everything we can to find the best matches between jobs and candidates, but every now and then (just like on Tinder) someone lies about who they are on their profile. Putting together our combined years of interviewing experience, you can imagine we have had our shares of horror stories from clients. (Just as often as from our friends who are active in the dating world!) They tend to revolve around a common theme: someone misrepresented themselves.

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Behind the Brand: Why We Built a New Life-Science Recruitment Brand

Seuss Consulting started in November 2012 as a partnership between, Kieran Canisius and Sabine Hutchison, business experts in the life-sciences industry. After working together at a global CRO and staffing organization, they realized that they wanted to do something different – together. Going in, they had zero intentions of working in the field of pharma recruiting. How did they end up being game changers in the pharma-recruitment industry?

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Gender-Balanced Leadership Quotas Are Coming – Are You Ready?

Having gender unbalanced leadership teams can drastically undermine management capabilities and profitability. Are quotas the answer to breaking through the mental and/or traditional barriers leading to these imbalances? Several EU countries have decided that it’s a tactic worth trying. Quotas are coming. You will need to plan accordingly, and knowledge is a powerful planning tool.

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No Excuses: Achieving New Innovation by Making Diversity a Core Value

Let me cut to the chase: unless you make diversity a core value for your company, it’s not going to happen. I can hear you thinking…does this really matter to me or my business? The answer is YES, it does. Studies show that a diverse team 100% affects your bottom line. The good news is that diversity is not hard to achieve, once you set your company mind to it.

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Where Are the Female Leaders in the Life Sciences?

One of the key ways I help my clients is by building strong and diverse leadership teams. Teams that reap strength from their diversity tend to include members of the slightly more than 50% of the population that is female. Unfortunately, many teams do not. And existing female leaders can prove difficult to find (as I learned personally). I find myself asking again and again: why aren’t more executive-level women more visible?

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Why We Need to Tell True Stories

The more unusual your story is, the more memorable and, potentially, world (or at least company) changing it will be. The uglier it got when the going got tough, the more people will be inspired – the better they will understand the blood, sweat and tears behind your happily ever after (as if there were such a thing). Your tumbles taught you something, and now is your chance to share those insights with the world. Or at least with your team. Tell it, write it, create a video – just share it.

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When a Disability Is Just an Ability in Disguise

As a disabled woman I have strong views on disability and ability. I’d like to see people start using the term “differently abled” more, showing understanding that we are just humans like everyone else, working through our own unique challenges with our own unique set of insights and abilities. I believe everyone capable of working has unique abilities that can lead to their own and their employer’s success – provided they find the right role.

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How to Make Life-Sciences Work Fun (and Why)

At Seuss, there is a lot of laughter and fun around the office. This might be because we are smaller group (growing fast, though we are) and, even more importantly, because we intentionally hire people with good attitudes. But even in larger companies, your daily life often revolves around a smaller group: your department or team. So it’s really important that you and your team, the people you interact with every day, really get along.

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Recruiters and shakers: Going from recruiter to life-sciences recruiter

I made a big change when I decided to take a new Recruitment Consultant position that happened to be with a company that works exclusively for life-sciences companies. As any good recruiter knows, knowledge of your industry is key in finding, screening and ultimately placing the right candidates. But I am not what you might call a “science person”. How could this possibly work? Well, I decided it was time for intensive learning and focusing on my strengths.

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Work Recovery: How to Prevent (and Recover from) Burnouts

The danger lies in the potential domino effect that can occur when the chance for recovery is not given. Without intervention, this can lead to a downward spiral toward inevitable burnout. You might experience more sick leave, lower (mental) performance, irritability, panic, depression, social withdrawal and just plain weariness. You’re definitely not getting the best out of yourself, and the longer this goes on the greater the risks can be.

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What’s Your Company’s Personality?

The first question you should ask yourself is: do you know what your company culture is? Can you describe it? What makes your company stand out, makes it special? If you have an answer for this, great. Hopefully your culture is already an asset, internally at least. Once you get the culture right, though, you still need to figure out how to capitalize on it.

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