Candidate Case Study

Case study: Finding a new job after a mis-sold role

The situation It is frustrating when you start a new job, but it doesn’t live up to the vision you were sold throughout the interview process. We were approached by a job seeker who was experiencing exactly this; she’d joined a CRO for a permanent position, but the job she’d accepted wasn’t living up to expectations. Having just undergone an arduous job search, she turned to Hobson Prior to help her find a job that lived up to expectation. Hobson Prior solution The first thing Hobson Prior did was introduce her to a recruiter that specialised within her area of biometrics. This way, she could talk in detail about her niche, knowing the recruiter she was working with not only understood the terminology, but had a network of connections within her sector. After an initial call with our biometrics team, we understood that she was she enjoyed working on varied projects, but wanted to work directly for a pharmaceutical company rather than through a CRO. She was also starting to think about her retirement, but didn’t want this to slow down her working life. We suggested that she think about contracting opportunities as these would give her the diversity she wanted and meant she could continue working with various pharmaceutical companies before her retirement. Having recently been disappointed by her the permanent job she’d just accepted, she was excited about the opportunities contracting may supply her. The result By understanding her requirements and utilising our connections within the industry, we were able to identify opportunities not yet released. Her years of experience and desirable skillset were well received, and we were able to supply her with several roles at pharmaceutical companies that would provide her with the diverse and exciting projects she was looking for. She accepted a 12-month contract at a leading global pharmaceutical company, with a higher pay rate than she’d asked for, where she is still happily working. Download the case study Click here for a printable version of this case study

Case study: Securing a homebased position for more work-life balance

The situation *Names have been changed to provide anonymity We worked with a biometrics job seeker, called Simon*, who was unhappy in his current permanent position at a CRO and wanted a new job that would elevate his career. Based in Swansea, his local opportunities were limited and while many of his colleagues were relocating to Europe for work, he had family commitments in Wales. He spoke with other recruitment agencies, but was feeling frustrated as they continued to present him with overseas roles that didn’t match his career goals. He wanted to progress in his career, but needed to be able to stay in Wales to secure a practical work-life balance. Hobson Prior solution Simon was recommended by his colleague to Michael Masoomi, a principal recruitment consultant at Hobson Prior specialising in the biometrics sector. His colleague has worked with Mike before, who was able to find him a job at a company that other recruiters didn’t have access to. Simon spoke to Mike about his career, experience and personal commitments, allowing Mike to build an accurate idea of the type of positions he would be interested in pursuing. As location was a key aspect of his requirements, Mike suggested Simon explore home-based opportunities. This would open his options to an international level, without the need to relocate. Mike was able to widen the search and include global, leading pharmaceutical companies and CROs to the search, whilst focusing on jobs that allow for a balance between Simon’s work ambitions and family commitments. Having built strong relationships with our clients, Mike was able to go direct to hiring managers and consult his network to identify roles that were yet to be publicly released yet, many of which we had exclusive access to. The result With this knowledge and his connections, Mike was able to offer Simon various home-based positions with reputable pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies across the UK and Europe, none of which required relocation. With Mike’s help identifying unreleased roles and his support throughout the interview process, Simon was able to accept a home-based role with a well-known pharmaceutical company. Since then, Simon has returned to Hobson Prior for his last three placements, choosing to work exclusively with our biometrics team thanks to their understanding of his work-life balance. Download the case study Click here for a printable version of this case study

Case study: Helping a job seeker get back into work with gaps in her CV

The situation Gaps in your CV can make looking for your next job feel more daunting. Often, job seekers can feel pressured to take lower salaries or take a step backwards in order to get back on the career ladder. One regulatory affairs specialist approached Hobson Prior having been out of work for three years. She had become the primary carer for her parents and was finding it difficult to secure the work-life balance she needed. She knew she would have to compromise somewhat, but other recruitment agencies were using the gap in her CV against her and were offering her very junior roles with substantially less pay. Hobson Prior solution When she spoke with Hobson Prior, she was connected to our specialist regulatory affairs recruitment team, who spoke to her to better understand her situation and what she was looking for. With over 20 years’ experience and proficiency in pre and post CMC experience, she had a wealth of knowledge that was being overshadowed by her career break. She was looking for a permanent position, but our team advised her not to discount contract opportunities. These would allow her more flexibility to care for her parents and give her the opportunity to work with global leaders within pharmaceuticals to get solid, recent experience on her CV. We spoke to our connections within her commuting radius, utilising our established relationships with our clients. Through our recruitment partnerships, we were able to identify unreleased roles at reputable pharma companies that would benefit from her skillsets. Despite the gap in her employment history, we were able to ensure her CV was seen by hiring managers and that her level of experience was the centre of her applications. The result Through our relationships with our clients, we were able to identify a handful of relevant contract opportunities that were both local and had minimal compromise on her pay rate. She interviewed for two positions that offered flexibility at globally renowned pharmaceutical companies that would help her rebuild her CV, one of which she is now working at. We were able to consult her on the best plan of action to achieve her ultimate goal of moving into a permanent opportunity at a global pharmaceutical company.  We were able to identify roles not available publicly and used our relationships with hiring managers to make sure she was still considered as a credible and desirable candidate for regulatory affairs roles. Download the case study Click here for a printable version of this case study

Case study: Finding a redundant job seeker work before redundancy

The situation We got in touch with a job seeker that had recently been made redundant when his company had decided to close their research and development sites in the Netherlands. As a tenacious and skilled worker, he wanted to get back on the career ladder as soon as possible. Simultaneously, he also wanted to take this opportunity to pursue his and his wife’s dream to move to Switzerland. Unsure where to start and juggling redundancy with an international relocation for his family, he turned to Hobson Prior. Hobson Prior solution The first crucial step was to learn a bit more about what he was looking for from his new job as well as how his career fit into his future plans. He knew he wanted to move to Switzerland and we wanted to be sure we were in touch with companies that would allow him to progress in his career and matched his requirements. With so much on his plate, we helped get his CV in front of leading Swiss pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and used our network of connections to identify opportunities within his sector. With our exclusive recruitment partnerships, we had insight into various positions that had not been released publicly and matched his career profile. Working proactively with him as he was finishing his employment at his previous job, we secured him 4 interviews with a selection of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in Switzerland, all of which matched his ideal job requirements. The result Out of the 4 interviews, he was given two offers and he accepted a position that matched his career goals and allowed him and his wife to pursue their dream. As a result, before he had seen out his redundancy, he had a new job lined up and was already preparing for the relocation. We were able to support him with the relocation process and he and his wife have been living happily in Switzerland since. Download the case study Click here for a printable version of this case study

Case study: Making the move from Barcelona to Basel

The situation Our Spanish candidate was living in Barcelona with his family and working for a small CRO as a clinical trial manager. We received a referral from one of his colleagues and as we were interested in his sought-after skills, we approached him to discuss his next move. Hobson Prior solution We suggested he consider Swiss-based roles and, open to an overseas move, he agreed. After speaking to his family they decided that he should try a six month contract in Switzerland after which, if all went well, they would relocate. We identified a suitable role as an expert clinical manager in a global healthcare leader’s Basel-based headquarters and organised calls with existing contractors who offered him their honest advice and opinions. We then set up a face-to-face interview with the client and recommended that whilst there he should take the opportunity to view apartments. During that visit, he successfully secured the contract and found a place to live. The result After 6 months onsite, commuting weekly from Barcelona to Basel, he was offered a permanent position, which he accepted. He has now been happily living there with his family for two years.

Case study: Moving from Milan to Frankfurt

The situation For over six years, our Italian-born candidate had been working for a small medical sciences organisation based just outside Milan as a statistical head of programming. She wanted to move to a European country with a more stable economy, however with no languages other than English and Italian, her options were limited. Hobson Prior solution We managed to identify a position as a senior principal statistical programmer with a leading global organisation in the pharmaceutical sector based in Frankfurt, Germany, where the successful applicant would be able to work entirely in English. Although extremely interested in the role, our candidate was concerned about moving to an area she knew nothing about. Her partner was due to move with her a few months later and they needed time to get to know the area and find a place to live. The result We explained their concerns and, in response, the organisation offered six open-dated return flights and a salary that outweighed expectations. This was far more than expected and she was delighted. She accepted the role and moved to Germany four months later.

Case study: Departing from Dublin to Belgium

The situation Our candidate, a Dublin-based data manager based was working for a company located close to his home. He wanted to work for a leading pharmaceutical organisation and build on his project management experience and the limited opportunities in Dublin meant he was considering relocating overseas. We had previously helped two of his colleagues find overseas roles so he got in touch with us to discuss his requirements. He was willing to relocate but only for the right company, role and location. He didn’t speak any other languages so it had to be somewhere he could integrate other English speakers and travel back to Ireland to see friends and family on a regular basis. The search was made more difficult by the fact that opportunities within data management were limited; the majority of DM had been outsourced to non-EU countries and when a position did arise in Europe, competition was fierce. Hobson Prior solution We identified and proactively targeted a major pharmaceutical company in Belgium that had an excellent reputation for data management and an open role involving an element of project management. Being in a remote location they often recruited from other EU countries and had subsequently created a multi-cultural working environment with many English speakers. We had already placed candidates there from the UK, Ireland, Spain, France and Italy and their feedback was excellent. Before submitting our candidate’s CV, we ensured the transport links to and from Dublin were good and arranged for him to speak to an in-country management company to ensure a move would be financially viable. The result Once 100% sure that all his requirements would be met, we contacted the hiring manager and arranged a one-stage interview. Our candidate was offered and accepted immediately and is now thoroughly enjoying living and working in Belgium.

Case Study - Working in the background to find the perfect job

The situation Like many of our network, one of our recent candidates was not actively seeking new employment when he came across Hobson Prior. Although happy with his current position, he would prefer a job with more work-life balance and a shorter commute. He didn’t have time to look for a new job and was able to manage with his current situation. However, if the right opportunity came up, he would consider a career change. Hobson Prior solution We approached him to find out more about his current working situation. Although initially sceptical as he wasn’t actively looking for work, he briefly explained to Antony Serrecchia, one of Hobson Prior’s biometrics specialist recruiters, what his ideal scenario would be: somewhere closer to home that would allow him to spend more time with his family and less time commuting across Switzerland. Having placed candidates across Switzerland, Antony identified a few companies that would severely reduce the commute, however, none had any open positions. They agreed that Antony would keep an eye out for relevant positions, while the candidate carried on with his daily life, without being harassed with irrelevant roles, which he’d experienced with other agencies. As Hobson Prior develop strong recruitment partnerships with our clients, Antony was able to contact hiring managers directly to find out what roles may be upcoming in these companies, giving us exclusive insight before the jobs were posted live. A few months passed and Antony was working with one of our exclusive Swiss pharmaceutical clients based in Switzerland, when he came across an unreleased project that would require someone with our the level of experience our candidate had. Antony got the details of the role and passed them on to our thrilled candidate. The result He asked Antony to represent him and send forward his CV and succeeded in securing the job. He was grateful for not only being able to shorten his commute, but also for how Antony went above and beyond to keep him in mind and source opportunities without interrupting his life. We take pride in getting to understand what our candidates are looking for in their next career step. Antony only contacted him with relevant roles based on what he was actually looking for, enabling our candidate to find his ideal job without even having to look.

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