Many people call recruiters, such as myself, to ask for help finding life science jobs. Unfortunately quite often these people do not realize that recruiters often specialize in one niche and therefore cannot help all those who call. There are several reasons I often cannot help people with their search for a new position. First, my search firm, Clark Executive Search, specializes in finding jobs for senior level scientists and doctors in pharma and other life science companies. Second, my niche gets even smaller for I only work with PhD or MD candidates. Third, I am usually asked to fill science jobs with candidates who have quite a bit of industry experience at pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Fourth, my firm is small and we do not have a large volume of positions at any one time. This means the chances are unlikely that I will be working on a search that matches the caller’s background even if he is a PhD or MD candidate and is working in R&D in the life science area. Therefore when BS or MS candidates call, I have to tell them I cannot help them. The same applies if the person is a recent postdoctoral fellow or from academia.
The next question I am always asked by those I am unable to assist with science jobs is, “ Can you help me find a recruiter who will be able to help me?” I cannot provide these people a recruiter list, but I do offer alternative places where they can find other recruiters to help with their quest for life science jobs. I also suggest several networking possibilities. Here are some of my suggestions in no particular order:
1. Thelabrat.com is a focused site for finding life science jobs. They have a list of recruiters who specialize in the area. Clark Executive Search is listed here, for instance.
5. The Kennedy Directory of Recruiters is a paid service but does offer an easy way to find recruiters listed by geographic area, specialty and whether they are a retained or a contingency agency
7. Recruiter.com is a huge outfit for both recruiters and job seekers. However it is not life science focused like some of the other sites. I haven’t had too much interaction with this site yet but will keep an eye on it