Across the full glut of science jobs for which
one may conceivably apply - ranging from biotechnology and pharmaceutical to
engineering and R&D roles - there is the need to get one's CV noticed.
As much as we may wish to think that we are recruited on the
basis of our skills and experiences, without a sufficiently eye-catching CV,
such is the intense level of competition for the most desirable roles that it
is doubtful we would get hired at all.
Here are five of the best ways to keep eyes lingering on
1. Mirror the
language used in the job posting
With studies indicating that the average recruiter spends
just a few seconds considering a CV before accepting or rejecting it, chances
are that your CV will only be scanned quite quickly.
You should make the recruiter's job easier, therefore, by
including the very terms that are present throughout their initial job posting,
to make it even clearer how your skills and experience relate to the role.
2. Avoid clichéd
So common are terms like 'team player', 'innovative',
'results focused' and 'highly qualified' on the average CV, that they have been
reduced to meaningless fluff from the perspective of many hiring managers.
If you can't use more distinctive, unfamiliar terms, at
least provide immediate, live examples of how you possess such characteristics,
to prevent a bored reader simply drifting to the next CV in the pile.
3. Adapt your resume
to each position
This is a source of consternation for so many science
recruitment agencies, to the extent that many would regard it as disrespectful
not to modify a CV for their specific position.
You might do this by re-arranging what appears on your CV,
perhaps grouping your traits by skill area or job function. Alternatively, you
might have a reverse chronological CV, which can show how you have gathered
competencies relevant to your new position over time.
4. Explain any
Many recruiters for science jobs will reject a CV as soon as
they see an unaccounted-for gap, preferring to save their limited interviewing
time for candidates who don't seem to have something to hide.
It is therefore a better bet to properly explain why you may
have been unemployed for a certain period of time, and how you nonetheless used
that time productively.
5. Don't be afraid to
Your CV is not supposed to be modest. It is there to quickly
make a positive impression on a complete stranger, so you should tell them
everything great about you that means they need to hire you right now - from
relevant previous jobs to coveted awards and big promotions.
If you can convince science recruitment
agencies that you are something special, they will be much more likely to
urgently call you to interview - whatever the science role for which you are