Finding the perfect job in the life science industry can be extremely challenging due to the competitive environment and niche skillsets required for certain roles. How can you start your job hunt in the life science industry, and get a step ahead of the competition whilst you’re at it?
The Xplore experts give our top tips to start your job hunt in the industry and to secure that vital interview.
The life sciences industry is a highly competitive environment, so preparing your skillset, your CV, your online profiles, are key to starting the hunt and a successful career journey.
Assess your CV – is it up to date with your relevant skills and experiences for the role in focus? Have you updated your most recent experience; with any new skills you’ve gained? Is the information presented clearly? Your CV is your personal sales tool, and the busy hiring manager on the recipient end is not going to have time to sift through badly presented and communicated information.
Your online presence and your digital footprint are again sales tools for you, are you representing yourself in the best light online? Look at both your personal and professional online profiles – does the information represent you in the best light? Did you know, 70% of employers said they looked at personal social media channels to evaluate prospective employees.
What connections do you have access across life sciences? Networking effectively with relevant peers across the industry is a valuable way of getting your capabilities known and can open up opportunities for you.
There are so many places online which you can use to assist in building a professional network such as LinkedIn. Build and nurture your LinkedIn network, join relevant groups and get involvement across the discussions and conversations.
Find networking events, conferences and exhibitions in your local area – Meeting people face-to-face is still the best way to develop professional relationships. Use Google, industry press, and websites like Eventbrite to find relevant events and conferences near you. When you attend, make sure you don’t skip the networking part and speak to other participants to grow your contact list.
There are numerous locations for your application, but where to start?
There are numerous job boards for the life science industry, PharmiWeb, Embed, Monster, which provide, an easy job search experience.
Why not jump onto the Xplore Life Science job board, our life science experts list all their current roles and opportunities.
Keep networking, and building your life science Better yet, do some homework and work out who the key decision makers or hiring managers are in your field within your ideal company and begin networking with them. LinkedIn is a great tool for networking – another great reason to set up a profile and nurture it.
The helping hand of an expert life science recruiter can always work in your favour, they can provide advice and guidance and knowledge of organizations across your industry, using a specialist agency dedicated to life science recruitment will give you a kick start.
You’ve landed the interview, excellent stuff, now it’s time to thoroughly research the company and prepare. The interview is the opportunity for you to highlight to the employer that you’re the best candidate, to highlight that not only do you have the best qualifications and experience but that you can bring a lot more to the role, this is your time to shine.
Preparation is key to success in the interview, not simply understanding the company’s history and products, but thinking further, and addressing the purpose of the life science organisation, this is vital across our industry. It is that sense of purpose that drives the life science industry.
For your experience, provide measured examples that highlight your value, not just what you ‘did’ but what was achieved and the difference made.
Bring questions for the interviewer. As the candidate, this is also the opportunity for you to ask questions, a chance for you to interview the employer too, and you can take the material with you with your questions and points – again, highlighting your research and your passion for the organization.
We hope you’ve found these tips useful and that they help you make those small adjustments that make a big difference. Remember to stay positive and stay focussed, and if you encounter rejection, keep going! Reach out the Xplore team to assist you with your life science job hunt.
We will work through your CV, get to know you, and only put you forward for vacancies that interest and inspire you, we’re dedicated to your life science career.
Connect with us today to kickstart your job search; we are certain you will not be disappointed!
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