A: That's a matter of personal choice. Contract reps are highly regarded, although the pay and prestige level may not be as high at first. Working as a contract rep could be a great transition into your job of choice.
Contract reps that are good workers have the perfect opportunity to network their way into their dream-job. They can wait and choose the perfect territory rather than grab the first opening that comes up like you and me.
The contract companies are an integral part of the industry. Most new product launches employ contract reps for added share of voice. The biggest are PDI and Ventiv.
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In the old days, some people looked down their noses at contract reps. Some people still may. If they do, that's their mistake.
The contract companies can afford to be very choosy about who they hire. They hire sharp people who work hard. I have competed with contract reps in the field and they gave me a run for my money.
You may wind up really liking contract sales and choose it as a career. You can rise through the ranks in a contract company just like you do in a research driven pharmaceutical company.
Trust me, the PDI and Ventiv execs are highly paid hot shots that know this business inside and out.
See Also: What is a contract sales company?
See Also: Monster.com article regarding contract sales
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