The fact that 47% of UK workers would like to change career, according to the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), should serve as a powerful reminder to employers using science recruitment agencies that many of those applying for their latest advertised entry-level vacancies will be older career switchers, rather than necessarily fresh-out-of-university 20-somethings. 

Indeed, you may be one of them. So, whether you are established in one science field and would like to switch to another one, or you have never been employed in a science role before, what steps will you require to make your dream career change work?

Assess your present situation

People approach the idea of changing to a new scientific career from many different angles, so you need to carefully consider your exact motivations. Why are you looking to switch career at all? What makes you unhappy in your current role? What do you dream of doing instead?

By asking yourself these questions, you may quickly realise that it is your co-workers or company culture, rather than your actual job duties, that leave you discontent. Such a drastic change in your life as a whole new career should be very carefully considered before you take the plunge.

Research the science jobs that interest you

If it becomes clear that your job itself is the problem, take the time to identify your passions, strengths, skills and abilities, and then start looking at career sites and job descriptions to get a sense of whether that long yearned-for science role really would suit you.

You may possess certain qualifications already that enable you to take a certain step, or you may find that there are much greater obstacles to switching to a certain science field like pharmacology, immunology or energy.

Also, what do the science jobs that most interest you actually involve on a daily basis? The last thing that you will want to do is invest significant time and money into changing to a career that dissatisfies you just as much as your last one, as can happen if you don't do the necessary research at this still relatively early stage.

Get networking!

Once you have come up with a more specific idea of what your dream science job would look like, it's time to start talking to professionals in that industry about their own job and its day-to-day responsibilities. They will be able to give you a sense of whether this new science career really could be the right one for you.

Another benefit of networking is that if the job does sound like the right one, the contacts that you gain could be instrumental in landing you an interview or that first entry-level role.

Investigate training opportunities

This is when things start getting truly serious - investigating the training opportunities for the kind of science jobs that you would like to pursue.

Remember that the entry requirements, qualifications and certifications relevant to different science sectors can be hugely varied, and that while some of them will merely give you one more advantage when you come to apply for jobs, others may be mandatory if you wish to have any career in that field at all. The right qualifications can also help to make adjusting to the demands of a new and unfamiliar role much quicker and easier.

Start job hunting!

This is the stage at which we can be of greatest assistance here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, thanks to our extensive services for candidates including - but not limited to - CV tips, interview advice and of course, advertisements of job vacancies. 

As one of the most renowned science recruitment agencies active today, we appreciate that it may have been a while since you last looked for work, and that the task of seeking your dream initial science role can be overwhelming.

So, allow us to be your guide when you are looking to make that big career change to the rewarding science job that you may have always craved. Good luck!

The most recent statistics concerning the UK job market are unquestionably positive ones, with the number of people in work increasing between the February to April and May to June periods of this year, according to the Office for National Statistics. The employment rate is also at its joint highest since comparable records began in 1971, so why are so many job seekers so worried that they won’t be able to find a rewarding new role this year?

 

Here are some of the common job search worries that you really shouldn’t be too anxious about when you are perusing the online science jobs portals.

 

Gaps on your CV

 

Fair enough, so many employers will almost certainly ask you about especially large and recent gaps in your CV, but if you have a perfectly understandable reason for yours – such as needing to take time out to care for an ill relative – no decent employer will judge you harshly for it.

 

Furthermore, if the gap was a long time ago or only a few months long, it’s unlikely that you will even be asked about it.

 

Missing a job from your CV

 

Many job seekers worry that they’re supposed to include every single job they’ve ever had on their CV, even if it has little relevance to the role for which they are applying.

 

Remember that your CV is ultimately a marketing document, and that it’s therefore fine to leave off that call centre job you only had for a few weeks post-university, especially when you are seeking a role in a highly specialised science field like biotechnology or immunology.

 

The exception to this is if removing a certain job from your CV would leave a several-year gap – in that case, it’s probably best to be truthful, even if that job has little or no connection to the career that you are seeking now.

 

Giving a complicated justification for a certain salary

 

Particularly if you are still relatively new to the job market, it can be easy to presume that you need to justify any particular desired salary in very complicated terms – but most of the time, it really doesn’t need to be like that.

 

A lot of the time, all that you need to do is say, “I was hoping that you could go up to £XX,XXX – is this possible?” The negotiation process is often a very simple one.

 

The logistics of contacting former managers

 

Understandably, many of those who approach our science recruitment agency worry that they simply must include their most recent manager or university tutor as a reference, to avoid giving the impression that they were on poor terms with them. But what if the logistics are getting in touch with that person would be difficult anyway – for example, they have retired or are travelling on the other side of the world?

 

Ultimately, you should include that past manager or tutor as a reference for the aforementioned reasons, but not worry about how they will be contacted. Making them one of your references is only about giving permission for your prospective employer to get in touch with them, not whether they are actually available.

 

Remember that one of the best ways to minimise job search worry is to be as well-prepared as possible! That’s why, here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we provide such comprehensive help - including advice on recruitment agencies – to those seeking science jobs.

 

Contact us now about how we can serve as your trustworthy partner in your search for the most rewarding science jobs presently available. 


While we are delighted here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions to be able to provide extensive information for the benefit of those seeking science jobs in such fields as chemistry, molecular biology and immunology, it's also vital to genuinely desire the science roles for which you apply.

Even if you see a science recruitment agency advertising a job that you think you would enjoy, the interview process can be a telling time for both the recruiter and candidate, and will offer signs as to whether the position and employer really are right for your skill set and personality.

It is important to remember that the interview process is always a two-way street. Of course, making a good impression on your interviewer is essential, with their decisions potentially made in just seven minutes, but the recruiter has an equal responsibility to show that they are an employer for whom you would wish to work.

By closely watching out for certain 'red flags' associated with a mismatched employer, you will be able to determine whether you have found your dream job or the role of your nightmares.

The interviewer is disorganised

The attitude of your interviewer will be a clear indicator of the attitude and culture of the company for which you are seeking to work.

It is not unreasonable to expect the same level of respect and attention from your recruiter as you have offered them, and nor is it inappropriate to expect an interview lasting a reasonable amount of time to give you a chance to demonstrate your skills and attributes.

Your interviewers should be on-time, personable and attentive, and show a keen interest in your application, even if you are the 10th candidate they have had to speak to that day.

The interviewer doesn't understand the job description

Although it should be your own responsibility to familiarise yourself with the day-to-day responsibilities of the role, your interviewer should have an at least basic understanding of the job description and the tasks that you would be expected to complete.

After all, if a hiring manager doesn't understand the responsibilities of the job vacancy, this could lead to confusion and disputes once you are actually in the post.

The position doesn't align with your career objectives

Analysing job descriptions in relation to your career goals and objectives is an essential part of the job seeking process, but sometimes, aspects of a given position are not clearly defined until during your interview.

If you walk out of an interview and don't feel that the organisation will help you to reach your career and personal growth objectives, you should reconsider whether the position is right for you.

There is bad blood within the organisation

If you hear bad-mouthing of previous or current employees, you'll soon realise that the company culture is one of which you won't want to be a part. No recruiter should publicly speak badly of an employee, as it shows a lack of professionalism and confidentiality.

Working with an organisation in which there is clear bad blood indicates questionable judgement on the part of its management, and even when only a single employee's views are expressed, it reflects poorly on their organisation in general.

During an interview, you shouldn't be blinded by your desire to impress and land a job – overlooking your concerns or not raising key issues can mean accepting a job that you won't enjoy. Look out for red flags, and take advantage of our CV advice and tips and other assistance that we can provide to ensure that you land the right science role for you. 


If you have ever applied for a chemistry, immunology or other science job and been asked to take part in a pre-hire assessment or employment test, you will likely understand the pressure that many candidates feel during this part of the science recruitment process.

In addition to gruelling interviews, many science employers are now subjecting applicants to tests of their aptitude, personality, skills and job knowledge to determine whether they are the right candidates for their vacant science jobs.

So, what are our tips here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions for progressing through such tests with flying colours?

Understand personality tests

One of the most popular forms of pre-hire assessment, personality tests give recruiters a greater understanding of the individual behind the application. Unlike other forms of assessment, personality tests have no right or wrong answers and are instead designed to measure the 'traits' associated with success and performance. Companies looking for a team leader, for example, will be seeking friendly and outgoing personality traits from this assessment.

Personality tests also help to uncover the honesty and integrity of the people taking them . Indeed, some employers use validity scales to detect attempts at misrepresentation, so you could damage your chances of employment if your answers are dishonest or exaggerated.

Stay calm and relaxed

If a prospective employer sees that you are nervous or worried during a pre-hire assessment, they may question whether you will be able to handle the day-to-day tasks of the job. Although some interview nerves are perfectly normal, you should be relaxed enough to  be able to think clearly and deliver the best possible interview performance.

Science recruiters using a pre-hire assessment normally rely on a number of factors to determine whether you are right for the position, so don't be disheartened if you underperform during a particular task. You can still rely on a strong CV, a good interview, experience and solid references to help you land that dream science job.

Take time and understand the task at hand

Some employment tests can be undertaken in the comfort of your own home, but many are performed at employer premises as part of a fuller formal interview process.

Depending on the type of activity that you have been asked to complete, you should ask the recruiter how much time you will need and ensure you use that time effectively. A proper understanding of the nature of the task will also inevitably help you to perform better, so ask questions when possible and read the instructions carefully.

Prepare in advance

Preparation is always key before an interview. Make sure that you can confidently tick off everything on your pre-interview checklist and familiarise yourself with the questions and tests ahead of time when possible, preparing answers to the questions that you think you may be asked. The more preparation you do, the higher your chances are of impressing and succeeding during a pre-hire assessment.

If you are presently looking for an exciting new role in a science or technology-related field, check out our latest advertised vacancies from a host of employers here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, one of the most trusted recruitment agencies in a wide range of highly specialised science fields.


It takes time to craft the perfect CV that will land you job interviews and maximise your opportunities as a current or prospective professional in a science field like biotechnology, FMCG or pharmacology.

Although some candidates may be able to cope with a one-size-fits-all resume, tailoring your CV to individual job specifications is often vital to increasing your chances of securing a job interview and in turn, landing an all-important job offer.

Get the basics right

Before you can begin to tailor your CV to a specific job role or company, it is important to start with a strong, well-written generic CV. Collate your accomplishments, experiences, qualifications and any additional information that you consider appropriate – the importance of extracurricular activities, for instance, should not be ignored – to give employers a chance to understand who you are.

Find the job you wish to apply for                                           

The first step of tailoring your CV is finding a science job for which you would like to apply. Conducting analysis of the qualifications and experience that top employers seek will help to give you an understanding of how to structure your CV – for example, placing a degree above job-specific training may be advantageous when applying for a particular role.

Remember that here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we advertise many great science jobs on our website, so whether you are on the lookout for your next big opportunity in regulatory affairs, quality assurance or bioinformatics, we are a great place to begin your job hunt.

Edit according to the job description

Reviewing job descriptions and editing your CV accordingly is the best way to begin the tailoring process. Arrange your CV so that your stated qualifications and accomplishments nicely match the requirements of the given role for which you would like to apply, and describe your work experience in the context of the job description. Recent graduates, for example, may want to gear the content of their CV towards their education, while those with experience in a junior science role may want to describe the valuable skills they acquired from it. 

Mirror the recruiter's language

Closely mirroring the specific 'buzzwords' that appear in a job specification will allow you to further tailor your CV and show the given science recruitment agency or employer that you understand their position and its requirements in full. Spending some time on the prospective employer's website and mimicking their language and style in your CV also allows you to research the culture and values of the organisation so that you are prepared in the event of being offered an interview.

Network for insider information

Use your professional network to find specific leads and contacts that you can use to your advantage. Ideally, get into an informal discussion with an employee from your targeted organisation for insights and insider information that you can use to sharpen your CV to the role.

Final thought

Although tailoring your CV for every job for which you apply can be time-consuming, it's true that hard work pays off. You should always try to avoid sending a generic, untailored CV to a prospective employer. Not only does a generic CV tend to communicate a lack of care and attention, but it can also waste both your own time and that of a prospective employer, increasing the likelihood of your application being cast away to the bottom of the pile.

Tailoring your CV to the science jobs for which you yearn is vital if you are to secure those all-important interviews.

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