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.