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When Is It Time To Hire Temporary Life Science Staff?
Contact. Us In the Life Sciences space, there is no denying the upsides of committed, long-term employees, but many companies can also benefit from short-term employees as well. Temporary life science staff can be an excellent choice in a number of situations. So exactly when is hiring a short-term employee in a company’s best interest? Here are 5 situations where temporary staff can make a lot of sense. 1. Get Extra Lab & Office Hands Get an extra set of hands when you need them: businesses often have natural ebbs and flows, and temps can be a great way to supplement your staff during peak times. For example, if you’re in a research cycle, you might need additional lab staff, but preparing for clinical trial may require different employee strengths. Short term, expert staffing can help. 2. Test New Roles Test out new positions before making them permanent: sometimes it’s hard to know if a new position is truly necessary—or if it will even work within your company culture—until it’s actually up and running. In these cases, hiring a temp allows you to “try before you buy” by giving someone else a chance to prove that the role is valuable (and worth making permanent). And if it turns out that the position isn’t quite what you were hoping for? No problem! You can simply let the temp go at the end of their assignment without any hard feelings (or having wasted time and money onboarding / training for a role that wasn’t ultimately needed). 3. Get Help & Expertise Fast If you’re in need of a quick hire, working with a staffing agency can be a great way to save time and energy. While there is an up-front cost associated with using an agency, they will handle all the screening, interviewing, and relationship management for you. This can help expedite the hiring process and free up your HR team to focus on other tasks. Additionally, temps are often eager to prove themselves in hopes of being offered a permanent role down the road. So not only can you take your time in making sure they’re the right fit for your team, but they’ll also likely go above and beyond while they’re with you. 4. Give Your Life Science Team Fresh Perspectives Clients often come to us looking for ways to access new skills and perspectives. While it may seem counterintuitive, temp employees can actually offer a lot of value to both your internal team and your clients. Temp employees can help inspire managers, long-term employees, and clients with their fresh ideas and perspective. 5. We Handle HR & Benefits You can save in the short-term by not having to offer company benefits, workers compensation, or health insurance—ClinLab takes care of all that for our temporary staff members. If you’re considering hiring temp employees, examine the landscape of your business. Being aware of the benefits, as well as the potential growing pains is a crucial part of the process. ClinLab Staffing can work closely with your management team, permanent employees and HR department to come up with the right plan for...
2022: A Great Time to Map Your Dream Career
The US could reach full employment in 2022. With a market full of opportunities, there is no better time to focus on mapping out your dream job and career path.It sounds straightforward but mapping a plan can help narrow your focus and yield unexpected benefits. Try our six career mapping steps to get started along with some tools we like. 1. Give yourself time to think Spend some time thinking about who you want to be in 5, 10 or even 20 years. Consider what you love, where you want to live, how much personal time you hope for and what kind of income you’d need to make that lifestyle possible. COVID has changed the job marketplace so if you can dream it up, your job is probably out there somewhere in an office, work from home or hybrid situation. 2. Personal SWOT your Strengths and Weaknesses A personal SWOT analysis to understand your strengths and weaknesses, and the opportunities and threats you face, so you can plan for career success. Once you’ve found some positions of interest, determine if your skill set is a good match. A great place to start is with a personal SWOT analysis. You can download the Personal SWOT Analysis Worksheet PDF here (https://www.mindtools.com/worksheets/Personal_SWOT_Analysis_Worksheet.pdf). Once you’ve identified your skills, check compatibility for the path you are researching. Make a plan to reinforce your skills as needed. 3. Mind Map or Vision Board Ideas If you are like most people, creating a visual of your ideas can really help. Try using a free mind mapping software like EdrawMind (they have a free career mapping template here https://www.edrawsoft.com/create-careerplanning-mindmap.html or check out LifeHacker’s “Build Your Career Master Plan with a Mind Map.” Do you hate working with online tools? Creating a physical vision board is a great way to remind yourself of what you are aspiring to. Check out People At Heart Coaching’s tutorial on making a vision board. 4. Research Positions Once you’ve come up with some ideas, check the market to learn about what positions are in demand, pay rates, time investment, education and market trajectory. You don’t want to get into a role that will be extinct in 2 years. A trusted resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook maintained by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/ 5. Network A wonderful way to learn more about opportunities and the lifestyle of different professions is to reach out to people doing the job today, talk to hiring mangers or specialty recruiters. Connecting with people to learn more about jobs is one of the best ways to really understand a role with the added benefit that you are build connections and networking with people that can set help you later. A simple strategy to find people to network with is to scan your LinkedIn accounts for people you know, but don’t forget to tap your alumni associations, speak to recruiters or ask friends if they can introduce you to people who can help. 6. Try, Try, Try It Out There are several great ways to step in and learn about a job up close. If you have solid basic skills, you can shadow someone in a job or apply for an internship. Alternatively you can work with a company like ClinLab Staffing to try different short term contract roles. No matter what you choose, make the most of the unusual work climate that is unfolding. If you have the skills, the desire and a plan you can make big things happen in 2022 and ClinLab is here to help if you are looking for a new role within the Biotech, Medical Device and Pharmaceutical industries.
5 Science Podcasts for Scientists
5 Science Podcasts for Scientists and Science Lovers Recently we were chatting and put together a brief list of some of our favorite, must-listen life science podcasts. Podcasts are a great way to keep up with the rapid changes in the scientific community and life science space. Podcasts are not just for entertainment, they can also help your career. They can keep you on top of what’s happening in your space, learn the players maybe even inspire your own inner scientific genius. Have you got a favorite science podcast? Please share with us – we are looking to grow our list – especially as our commutes are starting to to get longer again! Our 5 Favorite Science Podcasts Right Now 🎙️ Naked Scientists, In Short Special Editions Podcast https://www.thenakedscientists.com/podcasts/short Probing the weird, wacky and spectacular, the Naked Scientists Special Editions are special one-off scientific reports, investigations and interviews on cutting-edge topics by the Naked Scientists team. 🎙️ The Life Scientific https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b015sqc7 Host Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading (living) scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires and motivates them and asking what their discoveries might do for humanity. 🎙️ Nature https://www.nature.com/nature/articles?type=nature-podcast The Nature Podcast brings you the best stories from the world of science each week. They cover everything from astronomy to zoology, highlighting the most exciting research from each issue of Nature journal. Meet the scientists behind the results and provide in-depth analysis from Nature’s journalists and editors. 🎙️ 60-Second Science https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/60-second-science/ Scientific American’s weekly rapid reports from the world of science—it’s quick and fascinating. 🎙️ Science Friday Podcasts Covering the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies, Science Friday is the trusted source for news about science, technology, and other cool stuff. Host Ira Flatow mixes it up by featuring people in the know and those who want to be. Science Friday frequently features listeners that call in with their most riveting science questions 🎙️ Hidden Brain Hidden Brain Podcast Hidden Brain explores the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior and questions that lie at the heart of our complex and changing...
Is 2021 the year to quit your life sciences job?
At the end of 2019, we surveyed a group of Life Science Professionals and found that 40% of respondents said they’d be looking for a new job that year. Once COVID-19 hit, the world (and people’s willingness to take a gamble) took a sharp 180. The country went remote, nothing was guaranteed, and Biotech and Life Science companies expanded faster than ever as they raced to fill spots on their teams in order to balance their current workloads along with the testing and research needs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of 2020, we surveyed another group of Life Science Professionals and found that only 25% of respondents said they’d be looking for a new job in 2021, and there could be multiple reasons why. Firstly, instability naturally encourages people to search for, and hold onto, stability. In a time of great uncertainty, with groups of people involuntarily getting furloughed or being laid off, people in the life sciences industry were given a multitude of options in the workplace as companies were hiring as many hands as they could. Secondly, the current market compensation is healthy with most companies being on the same playing field in the hopes of reducing turnover. With the industry leveling out and companies working hard to keep their staff happy while producing quality work, there isn’t much grass that looks greener on the other side. Companies worked so hard to fill the gaps left by the quick pivot to COVID-19 vaccine research and development that they’d be remiss to not do everything in their power to prevent that from happening again. Finally, most people may simply be waiting to see how 2021 turns out. This year is young and there are no guarantees. If, however, you have decided to make the jump into a new job this year, you’ll have options and we have tips for you. Many biotech and life science companies have continued to hire throughout the start of the new year and plan on continuing to do so. COVID-19 vaccine (and the research, development, and innovation that came with it) aside, the life sciences industry continued to grow throughout the pandemic and where there’s growth, there are jobs. Now, for the tips! Tip #1 – Be sure to do your research into the policies of any potential employers before you start the interview process. With the advancement of work from home capabilities, many companies have created their own systems in regards to in-person and virtual office time. Tip #2 – Be flexible! Ask the questions you need, but consider all of the options you’re given as your timing could be perfect when you least expect it! Tip #3 – Research your company in advance but also check the news the day before and day of your interview – things change fast! Today’s darling drug trial can be tomorrow’s hot mess – but it may be a mess you know how to solve! Good Luck! Looking for your next life science job? Check out our listings or submit your resume here. Regions we serve: Boston/Cambridge, MA New York / New Jersey Greater Philadelphia Raleigh-Durham, NC (includes Research Triangle Park, NC) BioHealth Capital Region (Maryland / Virginia / Washington, D.C.)
How do Life Science Companies Deal with Rapid Staffing Changes?
2020 was an odd year and 2021 shaping up to be much the same for the Biotech and Pharma industries. According to Forbes Magazine, 2020 was “the greatest year ever for the biopharma industry” and it was true -it’s still true. Along with the wild ride that was 2020, we’ve seen a light shined on the critical role our human capital has in the success, performance and growth of life science companies. In a year where labs rapidly ramped up to meet the challenges of COVID-19, businesses and municipalities doubled, tripled and even quadrupled their lab techs and data analysts as they scrambled to find new ways to measure and understand the world. Labs were inundated with human testing needs, clinical trials launched at an astronomical rate, massive testing programs struggled to meet public health and consumer needs all while new rapid diagnostic tests were being rolled out across the globe. Our science community was pushed like never before, and they delivered. Now, in 2021 and 2022, procuring the right talent to meet the ever-changing workforce needs that continue to get more complex and challenging will be critical to company stability, growth and ultimately longevity. In Q4 of 2020, ClinLab surveyed Life Science professionals about how they felt about the 2020 and 2021 life science employment landscape in our 2020 Life Science Annual Job Seeker and Employer Survey. We found that 49% of respondents browsed jobs in 2020 with 38% of those surveyed planning to actively seek or browse for new opportunities in 2021. Did you know that when an employee leaves, companies lose productivity and money at an alarming rate. It typically takes an average 3.5 months to replace non-executive positions An empty position can cost a company upwards of $500 per day Stalled projects, regulatory gaps and deadline impacts can be costly Life Science/Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical Staffing: Pivot and Ramp Up In the cases of rapid ramp-up, companies can also face serious challenges in other areas they may not currently be serving. In 2020 we saw a slew of companies pivot to the rapid development of vaccines for COVID-19 and with that came an unprecedented increase in life science jobs as companies tried to pad their staff with enough bandwidth to complete their day to day operations as well as serve the current climate. We saw increases across the board but particularly heavily in titles such as lab tech, quality control, process development, accessioning technicians and clinical research associates. So how do companies handle massive, rapid changes in staffing needs so quickly and effectively? With Biopharma Life Science Staffing Solutions, of course! Temporary Biopharma Life Science Staffing Solutions While employers should always focus on expanding their recruitment channels as a way to prepare for staffing changes and employee turnover, most organizations will look to staffing and recruiting companies as the top method for recruiting quality talent. According to Hubspot, when companies were asked to identify their most effective recruiting method, staffing and recruitment companies ranked the highest. So while the market still looks bullish for job seekers, the prospect of big job turnover looms large as a major challenge for businesses and we can help. A firm like ClinLab Staffing has a robust, vetted stable of qualified temporary contract lab and life science staff, we make life easier and get a company on mission fast in times of transition. ClinLab also offers payroll solutions to allow companies to add staff as needed without adding to payroll or overall permanent headcount. Regions we serve: Boston/Cambridge, MA New York / New Jersey Greater Philadelphia Raleigh-Durham, NC (includes Research Triangle Park, NC) BioHealth Capital Region [Maryland / Virginia / Washington, D.C.]
2020 Biotech/Life Science Job Titles
2020 has brought a lot of change to the hiring community, and one big area has been in the arena of job placements. We’ve compiled a list of the titles we’ve placed this year. There have been some changes since 2019, most notably COVID-19 related jobs. If you are looking to hire, temporarily staff one of these positions, contact us today! Are you looking for a job like one listed below? Apply today! 2020 Biotech and Life Science Job Titles Accessioning Technician (COVID-19 Testing) Analytical Chemist Animal Care Technician Associate Scientist Biomarker Coordinator Biorepository Laboratory Technician BioStorage Laboratory Technician Business Systems Analyst, Laboratory Information Systems Chemical Lab Tech Chemist Clinical Business Operations Clinical Lab Technician – Molecular Diagnostics Clinical Operations Consultant CMC Data Verifier Compounding Technician Computational Biologist Contractor Statistical Programmer CTS analyst Data Verifier/Technical Writer Engineering Technician eTMF Coordinator Global Supply Chain Coordinator GMP Production Chemist Grants & Sponsorship Specialist, Medical Operations Greenhouse Technician Clinical Consultant Inventory & Receiving Specialist Lab Assistant Lab IT Engineer, Laboratory Information Systems Lab Operations Coordinator Lab Supervisor Laboratory / Greenhouse Assistant Laboratory Manager Laboratory Operations Associate Laboratory Technician Lead QC Associate Manager Statistical Programming Manufacturing Associate Manufacturing Specialist Manufacturing Technician Material Handler Microbiologist Oncology R&D, Lab Operations Specialist Plant Biology Research Associate Problem Resolution Associate Process Chemist Process Development Associate (COVID-19 Testing) Process Engineer Production Technician Quality Assurance Document Control Specialist Quality Assurance Operations Senior Manager Quality Control Analyst Quality Control Associate Quality Control Microbiologist Quality Inspector R&D Pilot Plant Tech Research Associate Research Scientist Scientist Senior Associate Scientist Senior Associate Scientist, Analytical Development Senior Research Associate Shipping/Receiving Coordinator Specimen Processing Technician Senior CRA Supply Chain Coordinator