15 Empowering Tips to Overcome the Sting of a Trial Master File (TMF) Job Layoff

Written by Nicole M. Palmer & John R. Nocero

Imagine you had a Trial Master File job that you absolutely LOVED. A job that you loved so much where you were a TMF superhero.  But one day, something unexpected happened, and you had to say goodbye to that job. It might feel like you’ve lost your special powers, but don’t be discouraged!

John: Nikki, you asked me an interesting question about layoffs today; most notably, how do you bounce back from one? There are two schools of thought related to layoffs in my opinion – one, a layoff that is out of your control, such as a reduction in workforce by the whole company, and the second, is getting laid off because your job performance is not up to par. Both suck. How do you move forward? The key is moving forward. If you are at a company that laid off due to company performance, that is generally not your fault. In life, you can do everything right and still lose. This is one of those scenarios. In the second, yeah, that is likely your fault. So, you need to refocus and look for the best fit for your skills and then go work there. Ultimately, the biggest loss is peace of mind – what will you do, how will you pay bills, does your self-esteem take a hit? All yes. The key is networking and moving forward while you still have a job. If you believe Twitter, all of us started a side hustle, we are all millionaires within six months and then we retire at 40. All fake. What is real is doing the work before you leave your job – network, apply for gigs, and continue to move forward. That way, you are as ready to move forward as you can be, if and when it happens.

In this fantastic newsletter, we have not one, not two, but 15 incredible tips to help you bounce back even stronger! These awesome tips will show you how to turn things around and find new adventures that will make you shine bright.

Being laid off can be challenging, but there are several steps you can take to increase your chances of finding a new job quickly. Here are some tips to help you in your TMF job search:

1. Update your resume and LinkedIn profile: Tailor your resume to highlight your relevant skills and accomplishments in the clinical research industry. Use keywords that employers might be searching for. Also, ensure that your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and professional. I can’t stress this enough. Optimize your LinkedIn profile! Employers are looking and are using filter options to find the perfect candidate. If your profile isn’t up to date or eye-catching your profile will be skipped.

2. Network: Reach out to your former colleagues, supervisors, and other professionals in the industry. Attend networking events, job fairs, and conferences related to clinical research. Networking can often lead to job opportunities and valuable insights. If you network and market yourself the right way your return on investment will be huge at these events.

3. Job search platforms: Utilize online job search platforms like LinkedIn Jobs, Indeed, Glassdoor, and specialized clinical research job boards. Set up job alerts to receive notifications for relevant openings. Be the first to apply and get seen early on.

4. Company websites: Check the career sections of companies that interest you. Many organizations post job openings directly on their websites. I’ve always had the best of luck going directly on the website and looking for vacant positions.

5. Customize your applications: Tailor your cover letter and application for each position you apply for. Show how your skills and experience align with the specific job requirements. Don’t just copy and paste your job descriptions in your resumes/applications! You do so much more than that.

6. Improve your skills: Consider taking online courses or certifications to enhance your skills and make yourself more marketable to potential employers. This also shows employers you are investing in yourself when you are unemployed and looks desirable because they are looking to invest in you!

7. Volunteer or freelance: If you can’t find a full-time position right away, consider volunteering or taking on freelance projects in your field. This will keep your skills fresh and allow you to make new connections.

8. Be proactive: Don’t wait for job postings to appear; reach out directly to companies you’d like to work for and inquire about any upcoming opportunities.

9. Practice interview skills: Be prepared for interviews by practicing common interview questions and researching the companies you’re interviewing with.

10. Stay positive and persistent: Job searching can be tough, and it’s essential to stay positive and persistent. Rejection is a normal part of the process, so keep going and learn from each experience.

11. Consider temporary work: Temporary or contract positions can be a good way to gain experience and potentially lead to permanent opportunities.

12. Always have a Plan B: If your company is on a hiring freeze or you fear you might be laid off, start applying to per diem positions. This way you at least have some income coming in if you are the one that got chosen to be laid off.

13. Attend Career Workshops and Webinars: Look for workshops and webinars that offer career advice and job search strategies. These events can provide valuable insights and tips to help you stand out in the job market.

14. Stay Informed about Industry Trends: Keep yourself updated on the latest developments and trends in the clinical research field. Being knowledgeable about industry changes and advancements can impress potential employers during interviews.

15. Join Professional Associations: Consider becoming a member of professional associations related to the trial master file. These organizations often provide access to job boards, networking events, and valuable resources that can enhance your job search efforts. Being part of such communities can also demonstrate your commitment to the industry and your willingness to grow as a professional.

Remember, each of these tips is like a little puzzle piece that will help you build your path to a new and exciting TMF job. Stay determined, be positive, and believe in your abilities.

Good Luck!

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