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LabCentral Ignite Fire Circle: Finding the Right Talent

Add to Calendar 05/20/2021 2:00 PM 05/20/2021 3:00 PM America/New_York Fire Circle 5-20 Time: 2 PM - 3 PM
Location: Virtual
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The right skills? Or the right person? Adjusting for on-the-job training versus out-of-the-box technical skills at the entry level.

“I just need someone who can do this assay over and over again, right now.” Said the startup CSO, about an entry level role that sat open for 4 months waiting for someone with exactly the right technical lab skills ever showing up.…
Virtual

Time: 2 PM - 3 PM
Location: Virtual
RSVP: Here


The right skills? Or the right person? Adjusting for on-the-job training versus out-of-the-box technical skills at the entry level.

“I just need someone who can do this assay over and over again, right now.” Said the startup CSO, about an entry level role that sat open for 4 months waiting for someone with exactly the right technical lab skills ever showing up. What would happen if they hired someone who was consistent, reliable, detail oriented and a fast learner, but only had an associate’s degree with limited exposure to the actual lab technique? Could they be trained in 2 months or less to do that assay?

This session will unpack the challenges of this (not so) hypothetical scenario of hiring and talent development and explore the cost, opportunities, and challenges of recruitment versus training

In this session we will aim to identify a specific set of technical skills that could be taught in <2 months in R&D lab settings. How can we increase the pool of applicants for entry-level roles and fill positions faster if we are willing to invest time in on-the-job training?

Topics we'll cover include: on-the-job training, technical skill development, underestimated experience, recruitment, and days to fill.

Representatives from non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, biopharma professionals, recent interns, entrepreneurs, and hiring managers are all welcome and encouraged to join.