I was approached by Meet Recruitment in February 2017 when I was looking for the next step in my career as a Pharmacovigilance Scientist. I’d been made redundant and had started interviewing for a similar job to the one I would be leaving. Meet got in touch to discuss a different job altogether and I spoke with Georgina Collings as she described to me a contract Medical Writing role with a US CRO, writing Safety documents. Initially I was interested but felt that I would stick with what I knew.
Georgina phoned me back several times to discuss the role as I was interviewing for other jobs. I had answers ready for why I didn’t want to be a Medical Writer on a temporary contract, however this is when Georgina and her manager Nick really got to work. She negotiated a higher daily rate, then an hourly rate to address my concerns of working for a US firm. Georgina worked extremely hard to promote the merits of her client and their track record of retaining staff. I still had misgivings about taking on this role, as I was a PV Scientist. When a PV role came up, Georgina was happy to put me forward for that and immediately got me an interview. But as I started to think about the practicalities of this new role and the Medical Writer role first offered, I was able to phone Georgina up and discuss further. During the whole period of negotiation, Georgina was always approachable and very pleasant to speak to.
She demonstrated a lot of patience as we went over the role in detail, the daily rates of the different jobs, deciding between being home-based and commuting, permanent and contract. I hadn’t had to consider these things before so it was important to me and would be a big change. Ultimately, I chose to go with the Medical Writing contract and also with Meet Recruitment, because Georgina addressed all my concerns, she took the time to understand what I wanted in a role, challenged my perceptions to demonstrate that this contract could give me what I wanted and ultimately worked hard for both her Client and myself. Since taking on this role, everything has gone smoothly and as promised, and I am comfortably settled. And I am grateful that Georgina took the time with me – yes, it’s been a big change, but a hugely positive one.