One task that is essential for those gunning for all manner of science jobs, ranging from clinical, biotechnology and engineering roles to posts in quality assurance, regulatory affairs and procurement, is selling oneself quickly.

As the saying goes, hiring managers form opinions about candidates very quickly these days - within just seconds - so it is vital to quickly make a brilliant impression at interview. Whether you refer to it as your 'personal pitch', '60 second commercial' or something else entirely, the basic gist is obvious: it needs to succinctly summarise what you do and why someone else should work with you.

The basic rules of the 'lift pitch'

The 'lift pitch' is so-called because it is based on what you would say to your dream employer if you found yourself in a lift with them, and only had the time from the beginning of the lift's journey until the end in which to convince them to take you on.

It therefore needs to be a genuinely concise introduction of no more than 30-60 seconds, in language that is easy to understand so that the listener is hooked immediately. You will need to use strong, powerful words to create a memorable image in the hiring manager's mind of a person who they simply cannot afford not to hire.  

A great lift pitch isn't just a sharp bullet-point list of the great things about your candidacy - it also tells a story, setting out a problem and how you can solve it. It is also necessarily tailored to the vacancy in question, in much the same way that a great CV is.

Putting together a great lift pitch

A great lift pitch tends to open with a compelling 'hook' that piques the interest of the employer or science recruitment agency, followed by a passionate demonstration of what you stand for as a professional and the value that you can bring to the role. You might conclude it with a question that asks something of the interviewer.

Given the 60-word limit, we would recommend a 150-225 word count for your lift pitch. When you come to write it, you should first consider what you actually do, and come up with 10-20 different ways of expressing it in spoken form - the idea being to edit these ideas and eliminate those that come across as too dull, inappropriate or even amusing.

Your aim is to generate as many potential lift pitches as possible, crafting, refining and/or merging as necessary to create a powerful message that advertises you at your best. Don't forget to record yourself in audio and/video form, making your lift pitch, so that you can consider further changes.

Creating lift pitches is a continuous process

Remember that the process of creating the perfect, clear and impactful lift pitch is never-ending, with your pitch necessarily differing between different science jobs. You should also constantly contemplate ways to improve your lift pitch so that you are always making the best possible first impression at each and every interview that you attend for a science role.   

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. If you want to maximise your chances of success in finding a new job, the following tips are likely to be extremely useful.


1. Thoroughly research the employer and role


This is a very important step when finding a new job.It's true what they say - knowledge is power, both in the application itself and at the interview. This will demonstrate that you have taken a real interest in both employer and role and should help them look upon your application favourably.


2. Familiarise yourself with the job requirements


Carefully peruse the job description and person specification when finding a new job. 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. This will help you both finding a new job and during the interview process. 


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 your 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 applications by phone


Call no more than three days after your application and courteously ask if your application has been received while also 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 finding a new job and, 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. 

tips for job seekers


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 for job seekers.

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 Happiness 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.   

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