April 3, 2024

4 Hidden Ways to Advance Your Career

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I'm a Career and Leadership Coach for Women in Pharma/Biotech. I've been where you are, and I help you create the career you want without working more hours or settling for good enough.
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Hidden doors are a way that you can advance your career to get what you really want. They are strategies that you won’t hear about from your boss or from Human Resources.

They don’t tell you work arounds to how you can advance in your career development or leadership training.

If you are wanting a new job, to get promoted, or to get access to better projects with more visibility, then this episode is for you.

What you’ll learn:

  • How you can get 4 practical and hidden strategies you can use right now to advance your career as a woman in Pharma/Biotech
  • Why these strategies are hidden and how I know they work even when the industry seems slow or you’ve been told no

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  • Get a new job, get promoted, or improve your current role inside Beyond the Ceiling – a group coaching program for women in Pharma/Biotech. Learn more
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Welcome to Your Worthy Career, a podcast for women in Pharma and Biotech with me, Melissa Lawrence. I am a certified career and leadership coach with a master’s in Organizational Psychology who has worked in talent and learning development in biotech to large pharma, from non-clinical to commercial. I help women in pharma and biotech create a career worthy of them. Whether you want to get clear on what you want, get a new job, get promoted, or be effective as a leader at any level, this is the place for you. Every week, you will get practical career strategies and mindset shifts to help you overcome the problems you experience at work so you can reach your goals feeling better than ever. Your up level begins now. 

Hello and welcome to this week’s episode of the podcast. Today’s episode is going to be short and sweet, but full of so much value for you. I mentioned that I was working on some new things for you. I gave a little teaser in the last couple of weeks. I’m finally ready to reveal a new resource for you. If you attended my training in February, How to Get Your Dream Job as a Woman in Pharma or Biotech, then you know that I talked about my Hidden Doors concept.

If you missed it, I put the whole freaking two-hour session on the podcast as a bonus for you all, so you can go back and listen to it. But here’s a summary of the Hidden Doors concept. Hidden doors that can advance your career to get what you really want. They’re strategies that you won’t hear about from your boss or from human resources. They don’t tell you the workarounds that you can use in your career development or leadership training either. And your work may have the reasons for keeping these opportunities for advancement hidden. You probably also haven’t heard of this from anywhere else because I’ve never heard anyone else talk about this.

When I was working in the industry, no one ever told me about this. I’m not hearing any other coach talk about this. This is something that I’ve cracked the code on with my clients. It’s also something that I did for myself, and it is really contributing to all of the amazing results that you see my clients get. So what I revealed was that these hidden ways to advance your career are some of the strategies that I use to get my clients into new jobs or promotions. And like I said, some of the strategies I’ve also used for myself, too. So if you hear client stories on my podcast or you’re seeing client wins on LinkedIn or anywhere else and you’re thinking, how did that happen when the industry seemed slow or she was already told no for that new job or promotion or There’s constant restructuring in layoffs or I have transferable skills. How are these people getting these new jobs? This is a piece of that puzzle. It’s these hidden doors. So I’m an expert in career development and organizational psychology, meaning human behavior at work. That’s a summary of what organizational psychology means.

And I’m a multi-certified coach. But the competitive advantage with me is all of that, all of those credentials, all of that experience But also the fact that I worked in the pharma biotech industry for over a decade. I led leadership development programs. I worked inside of HR for many years. I know what it takes to advance. I know how you need to market yourself, position yourself in the hidden ways that you can get your promotion or a new job. And I’m spilling the tea, as they say. I know what it’s like to be a woman in the industry, and heck, just a woman in this world. Plus, you add the industry experience, the career development, the coaching, the organizational psychology background. And then I want you to consider that I’ve been working with women in the industry full-time on just this, advancing their career, whether it’s figuring out what they want, getting a new job, getting promoted, or standing out as a leader for four years now. And in that time, I’ve worked with so many women one-on-one and in my group, Beyond the Ceiling, or in other groups that I’ve offered from startup companies to industry giants.

In that time, I’ve developed a lot of concepts and intellectual property, and I’ve used a lot of different strategies, and I just know what works and what doesn’t. And there are a lot of data points that I have access to. In addition, I partner with LifeSciences recruiters and my overall network. So all of this to say, not to give you just a rundown of my resume, there is a point that there is nothing about what I do, how I help, or the strategies I use that are generic. They are tailor-made for women like you, women in the life sciences and pharma biotech, and they are made by a woman from pharma biotech. So these four hidden ways to advance your career, I decided to put four of the hidden strategies for how you can advance your career into a practical guide that you can get from me right now. Oh, and, and, not just four of these hidden strategies, but also when to use each one and a deep dive reference for each one. So if you want to get more of how to implement that specific strategy or the details about it, I gave you that information too, as well as some bonus resources on the practicalities of navigating the job market right now.

I am so, so excited to offer this to you. It has been so hard not to say anything about this amazing resource that I have been creating behind the scenes. And you might not believe it, but I am extra, extra excited because I am going to make this available to you for free. There’s actually no cost. You can go download it right now. Tell your colleagues to get it, too, because the secret is out. And women like us, women in the industry, we are advancing our careers and we are getting creative about it. And I am going to tell you some very specific strategies for how you can advance your career right now, regardless of where you’re starting, regardless of whether or not you’ve been told no, no matter what your obstacle, these strategies will work for you. So head to www.yourworthycareer.com/hidden to grab the four hidden ways to advance your career as a woman in pharma biotech right now. The link will be in the show notes. I can’t wait for you to get it and to hear how they work for you. Send me a note on LinkedIn. Let me know. I will talk to you next week.

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Hi, I’m Melissa.

Career & Leadership Coach for Women in Pharma/Biotech

I'm a former Talent & Development leader in Pharma/Biotech turned CEO and Certified Professional Career & Life Coach. I also host the podcast, Your Worthy Career.

I've been where you are, and I help you create the career you want without working more hours or settling for good enough.

I'm leading a movement of women in the industry who are figuring out exactly what they want and shattering the glass ceiling. The very real ceiling in the industry, but also the one that we impose on ourselves. 

So long, imposter syndrome and overthinking. It's time to step into the impact and life you're worthy of having.

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