Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we hear so many instances of those competing for jobs in such competitive fields as finance, technology, engineering and telecommunications simply sending their same, standard CV in relation to all manner of widely differing vacancies.

The truth is that finding a new job is very much a job in itself, and if you want to maximise your chances of success, the following tips are likely to be extremely useful.

1. Thoroughly research the employer and role

It's true what they say - knowledge is power, both in the application itself and at the interview, where it will also demonstrate that you have taken a real interest in both employer and role.

2. Familiarise yourself with the job requirements

Carefully peruse the job description and person specification, and make sure you have provided real examples in your application of how you match the requirements.

3. Tailor your CV to every application

Related to the above point, you should make sure that your CV completely and convincingly addresses the recruitment agency or employer's requirements, even if that means sending a slightly different CV for every application that you make.

4. Proofread, proofread and proofread again

Making a spelling or grammatical error in your job application is a sure way to get your CV binned by employers and recruitment agencies that may otherwise struggle to whittle down the pile of CVs that they receive. Don't give them an easy excuse to reject you!

5. Evidence your achievements

Did you merely 'lead a team'? Or did you achieve certain objectives or make certain breakthroughs while leading that team? For every claim of your suitability that you make, back it up with tangible evidence.

6. Make extensive use of the Internet

From registering with online job boards and recruitment agencies (see more below) to keeping an eye out for the latest vacancies posted on LinkedIn, where you should also have a complete and professional profile, there's plenty that you can do online to help your job chances.

7. Don't stick to the obvious advertised roles

Some vacancies are better publicised than others. To keep abreast of those less visible opportunities, maintain an open line of communication with potential employers and consider making speculative applications.

8. Ready yourself for interview  

Prepare answers to the most likely interview questions in advance, and make sure you turn up in a timely manner and while dressed presentably.

9. Follow up by phone

Call no more than three days after your application, courteously asking if your application has been received, while emphasising your interest in the role and requesting details on what happens next.  

10. Take maximum advantage of recruitment agencies

A recruitment agency like Hyper Recruitment Solutions can be an invaluable partner in your search for a job, helping you to find the most suitable vacancy quicker. 

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you are currently on the lookout for your next big role!


While we know well ourselves here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions how exciting, fascinating and rewarding science jobs at all levels are, we are equally aware that the science and technology sectors have long been burdened by a dull reputation that simply doesn't reflect their everyday reality.

If you are considering why you should choose a career in a science or technology field such as pharmacology, bioinformatics or immunology, here are a few reasons that may help you to make your decision.

A chance to change the world

Holders of science jobs have been at the forefront of some of the most significant developments underpinning how we live, how we eat, how we sleep and even how we die.

Whether you find a role in biotechnology, medical, telecommunications, engineering, food technology or all manner of other science or technology fields, you can be sure of helping to shape our world.

It's not just for academics

The stereotypical image associated with STEM fields has often been one of staid academia. But in a world in which science and technology are now widely understood to be instrumental to everything from smartphones and tablets to medicine and in-car satellite navigation, even the once-stuffiest areas are now being thrust into the mainstream.

That trend is being further encouraged by the rise of such science and technology-related TV programmes as The Gadget Show and The Big Bang Theory.

Creativity is vital

Have you long thought that science recruitment agencies are only interested in brainboxes? Think again. Imperative to all of the big science and technology breakthroughs, past and present, has been imagination and creativity.

If new innovations are to keep being achieved, new entrants into science and technology will be required who are able to dream up original ideas and theories, whether they are working on a new food or drink, discovering a potentially life-changing drug or devising exciting engineering solutions.

You'll never be bored

Returning to our observation at the top of this piece, technology and science jobs are rarely the dry, uninteresting roles that they have often been portrayed as being.

How could that be the case, when you could be developing a new chocolate bar, researching ways of making cars more eco-friendly or gazing at the stars? If you want to be at the forefront of the latest developments that are coming to define the 21st century, science is the field to be in.

Whether you are seeking openings in research and development, packaging and sustainability, procurement or any of a wide range of other science and technology functions and fields, allow Hyper Recruitment Solutions to be your science recruitment agency partner.  

When former candidate on BBC's The Apprentice, Stuart Baggs, died from an asthma attack earlier this year, there was an outpouring of condolence from across the business and celebrity spectrum, with such figures as Luisa Zissman, Dara Ó Briain and our very own Ricky Martin and Lord Alan Sugar here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions all expressing their sympathies.

In the time since Baggs' tragic passing, however, the world has also been able to reflect on his very real achievements - and the many lessons that his life can teach those attending interviews for science jobs.

Don't just be good - be memorable

Naturally, we would always advise that you prepare well and show the highest level of competence when called for interview by a science recruitment agency. However, part of Baggs' greatness was in showing that it also sometimes helps to be a little bit provocative and memorable.

Such Baggs quotes as  "I'm Stuart Baggs 'The Brand'", "Excuse me, Sir - you look like a sausage connoisseur" (to Lord Sugar, no less) and "Everything I touch turns to sold" may have prompted ridicule in certain quarters, but they also ensured that he was remembered long after many rival candidates had been forgotten.

Have faith in yourself

One thing that no observer could ever accuse Stuart Baggs of, was lacking faith in his own ability. The aforementioned sayings weren't those of a ludicrous pretender - there were those of a man who was driven enough to back them up with real achievements, selling yo-yos to his school classmates and later launching his own telecommunications firm before he was out of his teens.

At 21, he became the youngest ever candidate on The Apprentice - not something that he would have likely achieved without his famously unstoppable self-confidence.

Don't over-exaggerate your credentials

Bagg's elimination from the show in week 11 had much to do with accusations from Lord Sugar that the Isle of Man resident had dressed up his credentials for his own advantage, particularly in relation to a telecommunications license issued in 2006.

While Baggs always contested that he had not lied on his CV - stating that even if he had, "it wouldn't have been a problem" - when you are at an interview for a science role, much as if you were trying to placate dissatisfied customers for a company, it is the interviewer - the one deciding whether to employ you - who is ultimately 'always right'. 

Baggs certainly taught us much about business success and (occasional) failure, and he is sure to be remembered fondly by many a future candidate for clinical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and other science jobs. 


If conventional wisdom is to believed, catching the attention of science recruitment agencies and employers with your job application is easy: you get your CV into shape, find the most relevant science jobs being advertised and then send through your application with a presentable cover letter.

However, a downside of such conventional wisdom is that it is conventional, meaning that everyone is doing similar things. If you really want to turbo-charge your search for a suitable new science role, you may therefore want to try the following tips.

1. Show your vulnerability

Don't necessarily presume that you have to turn yourself into an arrogant superstar to land your dream pharmaceutical, clinical or medical role.

Instead, consider showing your vulnerability, getting in touch with those who you would like to work with, expressing your admiration for what they do and asking questions. It can be a great way to start building up relationships that could help you when a vacancy next opens up.

2. Don't necessarily follow your passion

Career seekers have long been told to "follow their passion", but it isn't always entirely robust. Many people in science jobs that they now love may have only come to love it after developing their competency and experience in the role over time.

3. Don't obsess over finding your dream job right now

This advice is especially useful to those in the early stages of a science career. Whether in R&D, bioinformatics, regulatory affairs or any other field, given the unglamorous nature of most entry-level positions, your focus shouldn't necessarily be on finding a job that you love right now.

Instead, envisage what the role has the potential to become if you work hard over the next five years. That's the post that you are effectively applying for.

4. Contact the decision-maker directly

Those who watched the Will Smith film The Pursuit of Happyness may especially appreciate this pointer. Sometimes, it is all too easy for applications for science jobs to disappear into a black hole. Instead, tactfully and respectfully approach the person who will actually be making the decision whether to hire you.

5. Be your desired employer's biggest fan

If there's a specific science employer that you would like to work for, mark yourself out as a brand loyalist - someone who is always defending the company in the blogosphere or feting its expertise or services to friends or on social media.

Ambitious firms love employees who love them - so you may just find yourself first in the queue when the next perfectly-tailored position arises.   

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 your resume.

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 terms

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 employment gaps

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 brag

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 applying.

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