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Where To Put The MSL-BC® On Your Resume?

Putting the MSL-BC® on your LinkedIn profile is the first step, but you should also consider showcasing the MSL-BC® on your resume for further recognition!

Why?

Well, that’s what we’re going to answer on this page.

Why should you put the MSL-BC® on your resume?

You’ve done the work, so why wouldn’t you want to show it? There are many benefits to earning the MSL-BC® credential.

Validation of your skills and knowledge

Personal and professional accomplishment

Increased credibility in the field

Recognition amongst fellow MSLs, managers, KOLs, and other healthcare professionals

Demonstrates commitment to and achievement in the MSL profession

How do you properly showcase the MSL-BC® on your resume?

First things first, when you’re applying for an MSL role it is important to decide which certifications you will put on your resume (if you possess any besides the MSL–BC®). Generally, include the most relevant certifications for the position you are applying to.

Why should you put the MSL-BC® on your resume?

There are two places where you should / can put the MSL-BC®:

Behind your post-nominal letters. For example: Samuel Dyer, PhD, MSL-BC.

Under the “Education & Training” or “Certifications” section on your resume. Make sure to put them in reverse chronological order, with your most recent certification earned displayed first.

Also, write the MSL-BC® out in full (i.e. Medical Science Liaison – Board Certification®) in the dedicated educational section to be sure the certification is recognized by an Applicant Tracking Software (ATS).

Many large pharmaceutical companies use Applicant Tracking Software to scan and filter through candidate resumes based on keywords.

For many companies, the term “Medical Science Liaison” is a keyword search term for their Applicant Tracking Software so having this again on your resume is a great way to increase the chances your resume will be flagged for review.

The acceptable certification format

Medical Science Liaison – Board Certification (MSL-BC®) The Medical Science Liaison Society (The MSL Society) [Date obtained] – [expiration date, 3 years after obtained]