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

A:  As a pharmaceutical sales rep, you will never enjoy the same level of job security as a teacher or civil servant.  It's a cyclical business that ebbs and flows.  If a company loses a major product and doesn't have a replacement, things might get dicey and there may be layoffs.  Or if your company gets taken over and there are too many people in the operation some people may have to find new jobs.

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Just remember - the sales organization brings in the money; the rest of the company spends the money.  The sales force is considered to be the most valuable asset of a pharmaceutical company. 

When a company gets bought for billions of dollars, the company doing the buying is not doing the deal to obtain the headquarters buildings and pill-making machinery (they already have that stuff). They are buying a sales and distribution franchise. 

They are buying the ability to reach their customers and they cant do that without you.

The naysayers have been saying that the days of the pharmaceutical representative are numbered for years.  The first time I heard this old bromide was in 1985 when I began my career.  It's a lot of baloney.

I follow the industry very closely and I see the opposite being true.  Drug company executives know that effective sales representatives create demand for products, especially newly launched products. 

Twenty  years ago there were  25,000 reps in the U.S.  Now there are about 90,000. 

Any product manager or Wall Street analyst will tell you that pharmaceutical sales representatives making face-to-face sales calls are an effective way of moving market share.  That is the only reason why there are so many reps out there.

In addition, a recent trend is that European and Japanese companies  building their own sales forces in the USA because their profit margins are higher when they sell their own stuff.  They are no longer satisfied licensing out their products to American companies.  This means that more reps will be hired.

At the end of the day, if you give your company a fair day's work for a fair day's pay and you are effective in your job, and honest, and you get along with your colleagues you will not have anything to worry about.

If you are a slacker, and your company is having a rough time, you will be the first to go.

The only certainty there is, is that the job market will always fluctuate, and that the cream will always rises to the top.

See also: How much money do pharmaceutical sales representatives earn?  What about getting laid off?


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