Building Teams for the Leaders in Science and Innovation

The USA Today interviews The Agency’s Kim First on how to attract attention from a recruiter:

Source: USA Today, Andrea Kay, Gannett

While you’re sitting in front of your computer sending off your resume in response to ads — and likely not getting the time of day in return — employers are on the prowl for people who are out and about, staying up to date in their field, showing initiative and making it easy for them to find the best and the brightest

Take a look at how one search firm, The Agency Worldwide that specializes in jobs in life sciences, finds the best people.

Although half of its work entails recruiting physicians to develop new drug therapies to treat diseases like cancer and diabetes, recruiters also look for executives and directors in research and development, quality and marketing for biopharmaceutical firms as well as for medical device manufacturers and pharmacy benefit firms.

Don’t be chained to your desk. Get out to meetings and conferences to show recruiters your savvy.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers have more job openings than at any other time in nearly five years. That’s in part because they seem in no hurry to fill them.

And it helps explain why the job market remains tight and unemployment high. Even as openings have surged 11 percent in the past year, the number of people hired each month has declined.

Why so many openings yet so few hires?

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MedAdNews Insider interviews The Agency Worldwide’s EVP Jeff Appelbaum about the search for scientific talent

By Mia Burns

Many reports have surfaced that show that students in the United States have fallen behind in math and science, when compared with children in other nations. But how does this tie in with job recruitment in the life sciences? In many cases, recruiters are finding that they need to look abroad to find scientists that meet client requirements.

“We as a society are just not putting emphasis on that type of education anymore,” says Jeff Appelbaum, executive VP of The Agency Worldwide, a recruitment agency based in Los Angeles. “We’re not producing the scientists in house. We’re not producing domestic-based scientists anymore, not at a rate that is equal to the other parts of the world.”

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Upcoming Events

The Agency Worldwide participates in numerous events around the globe.

The following is a list of 2013 events (list continuously updated):



    • J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference
      January 7-10
      San Francisco, CA












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“What do you want to be when you grow up?”  How many times have we been asked this questions during childhood?  Probably, too many to enumerate.  All though a cute question & answer session with a five year-old (i.e. cowboy, fireman, Batman…) this question can generate considerable anxiety in a college senior with an undeclared major.

What does this question mean to a mid-career professional?  How would this professional answer?  Cowboy, fireman, Batman..?  Maybe.  For many of us already deep into our professional lives, the question of “what” does one want to be is less important, and “where” does one want to be on their career path is most crucial.  For companies, the idea of making a 5-year or 10-year plan is passé.  I would suspect the same is true for individuals = especially when discussing specific jobs.

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