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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

General Information
Tips On Getting In

Case Histories Of people who successfully broke into Pharma Sales:

Case History #1
Case History #2
Case History #3
Case History #4


Most Commonly Asked Question:
Do Reps really make lots of money? Big bonuses? 
How many products does a rep carry; how do you get paid bonus on them?


Basic Requirements for being a drug rep?
I think I want to be a pharmaceutical sales representative, but how can I know for sure?

How necessary is it to have a 4 - year degree? 

Is a scientific degree/ sales experience required

Am I too old to land a job in pharmaceutical sales?

How long should I expect my job search to last?

I'm willing to relocate for the right pharmaceutical sales job.  Will this help me ?

Will a DWI hurt my chances of being hired as a pharmaceutical rep?

I have bad credit; will this hurt my chances ?

Information  On
Landing the job
Will an MBA or other advanced degree improve my chances of being hired as a pharmaceutical sales rep?

What are the pros and cons of working with a recruiter?


How important is the resume in landing a pharmaceutical sales job?

How do I shop for a resume writer?

What are the essentials that should appear on my resume?

What about a cover letter?

What is the best way to land a job in pharmaceutical sales?

What if nobody will give me reps' business cards?

Are newspaper advertisements a good way to find a job in pharm sales?

What is a Job-Fair?  How useful are they?

What do companies look for at Job-Fairs?

What are the pros and cons of working at a small pharmaceutical company versus one of the biggies?

I am in college. What can I do to enhance my odds of being hired as a  pharmaceutical sales representative?

The Interview Process
Why do the drug companies give so many interviews; why does the process take so long ?

What should I bring to an interview? 

What is proper etiquette for a "ride-along?"

I have been on several interviews but received no offers.  What could I be doing wrong?

Daily Operations/ Miscellaneous
Do Reps really make large bonuses?  How many products does a rep carry and how do you get paid bonus on them?

If I'm hired, what kind of training can I expect?

What is a typical day for a pharmaceutical sales representative?

How many sales calls are you required to make each day?

What is a contract sales company ?

Should I accept a contract sales position if my real goal is to work directly for a drug company?

I am lucky enough to have more than one job offer.  How do I decide?

When the economy does a downturn, what is the job market like for pharmaceutical sales reps?

If I am hired, and I have poor sales, will I be fired ?

What are some of the things that you don't like about being a pharmaceutical rep?
   
What's the hardest thing about being a rep ?

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Lamisil
Levitra
Osteoporosis Drugs
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Pharmacy CE
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Tramadol
 
Valtrex
Viagra
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Whistleblower Law
Xenical
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Investigations
Enzyte
Zestra
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Research/Regulatory
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Pharmaceutical Company Database 

You never get a second chance to make a good impression during an interview, so don't blow it by being unprepared.

It is essential that you are familiar with a company prior to any interview.
You should  know where the company is located, its main products, its recent stock price, how much in sales it does each year, the CEO's name, etc. The more you know, the better off you will be.

Use this database to familiarize yourself with potential employers, its products, its stock prices, its recent news etc.

If they ask, tell your prospective employers that you learned about their company  by doing research on the internet. 


Abbott Labs 
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Alcon
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Altana AG (AAA)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Amgen Inc. (AMGN)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Andrx Corp. (ADRX)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (BRL)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

AstraZeneca plc (AZN)
US Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Bayer AG (BAY)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board


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Biogen Idec Inc. (BIIB)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMY)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. (RDY)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Forest Laboratories Inc. (FRX)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Genentech Inc. (DNA)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Glaxosmithkline plc (GSK)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

ICOS Corp. (ICOS)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

King Pharmaceuticals Inc. (KG)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

KOS Pharmaceuticals Inc. (KOSP)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

MGI Pharma Inc. (MOGN)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc. (MLNM)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Mylan Laboratories Inc. (MYL)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

NitroMed Inc. (NTMD)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Novartis AG (NVS)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Novo Nordisk A/S (NVO)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Pfizer Inc. (PFE)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Par Pharmaceutical Companies Inc. (PRX)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Sanofi-Aventis (SNY)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Santarus Inc. (SNTS)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Schering AG (SHR)
[note - this is the German Schering, not to be confused with Schering Plough]
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Schering-Plough Corp. (SGP)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Sepracor Inc. (SEPR)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Shire Pharmaceuticals Group plc (SHPGY)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

TAKEDA PHARMACEUTICA (TKPHF.PK)
Home Page | Recent News

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board

Wyeth (WYE)
Home Page | Profile | Recent News | Message Board



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