Stressed out worker

Now more than ever before, mental health is a key priority amongst working professionals.

However, some would argue that the stresses of work are taking more of a toll also.

If your job is causing you stress and anxiety, it could be time to make a change - for the sake of your health.

Read on for the ins and outs of work stress and how to cope with it.

 

"Work is stressing me out!"

If you find yourself uttering these words on a regular basis, it may be time to take a good hard look at your current work situation.

Whether we like to admit it or not, stress can have a seriously negative effect on our bodies, physically as well as mentally.

Here are a few things to be wary of:

 

Increased Workload

Trying to clear a never-ending workload can be akin to shovelling snow in a blizzard. A 'to-do' list that's impossible to put a dent in is a clear-cut sign that you're struggling under an unrealistic workload. If you find yourself unsuccessfully racing to clear your in-tray on a daily basis, you may be overworked already, or at least on the cusp of taking on more than you can cope with.

 

Longer hours

An increased workload can naturally lead to longer working hours, particularly when pressure mounts to complete all those tasks you've been assigned. In an effort to keep up with the mounting demands, days become longer, working hours stretch well beyond clock-off time, and the pressure to arrive earlier in the day and make a prompt start can also become greater.

 

No Social Life

When work takes over your day-to-day life, the first casualty is your social life. Time restrictions and tunnel vision can seriously limit your opportunities to spend time with friends and family. As time goes on, this can lead to strained relationships - which could prove catastrophic, particularly if you have a long-term partner.

 

Fatigue

Going to bed tired, waking up tired, and feeling tired all day is not a fun way to live: it's a vicious circle that can all too easily turn into a downward spiral.

 

Physical signs of stress

Stress can take its toll on the body, resulting in not only anxiety but several other physical effects. These can range from insomnia and a lack of focus to high blood pressure and a weakened immune system.

Stress can also have a knock-on effect on other areas of your health, leading to detrimental lifestyle choices such as comfort eating, smoking and alcohol abuse.

 

Other forms of work stress

While overwhelming workloads and looming deadlines tend to be the primary sources of work-related anxiety, it's important to remember that it can come from other places as well.

For example, the morning commute to work can be a daily kettle of stress, unavoidably boiling over when traffic is heavy, public transport is running behind, or an accident has caused a delay.

Similarly, factors related to childcare can indirectly make work more stressful. If your childminder has specified drop-off times, you may only be able to leave as early as those restrictions allow, making it harder to get to work on time. Meanwhile, if your child is ill and you have no choice but to take time off work, this may cause you to fall behind.

 

Coping with workplace stress

While stress at work can be unavoidable at times, there are a few things you can do to combat it. Changing the way you act and react to these stressful situations, both during the working day and outside of it, can really have a positive impact on your mental well-being and overall state of mind.

Here are a few suggestions to help you lighten the load:

 

Hit the Gym

Whether you're into fitness or not, it's a scientific fact - exercise is great for mind and body alike.

Exercise not only helps keep your body fit and healthy, it also promotes the release of endorphins that can help trigger positive mental well-being. Meanwhile, it can also help you to relax during times of heightened anxiety.

 

Be Healthy

While stressful scenarios can easily lead to over-eating, binge-drinking or chain-smoking, none of these mental crutches will help the root of the problem.

In fact, if anything, these activities can make matters decidedly worse and can exacerbate the negative health effects of stress.

Try to make a conscious effort to be healthier in your day-to-day life. Healthy dietary and lifestyle choices can limit the effects of stress on your body, particularly when it comes to fatigue.

 

Switch Off

While it may be easier said than done, switching off from work and taking time to completely decompress can work wonders.

Taking this in the literal sense can be particularly effective, especially for those who have a work phone or work emails sent to their personal phone.

If it's not imperative, try switching off your work phone and/or disabling email notifications during out-of-work hours. You might be surprised by how much this helps!

To kill two birds with one stone, this can easily be coupled with a hobby that you enjoy or time at the gym for an easier transition that truly takes your mind elsewhere.

 

Be Realistic

If you're given 20 hours' worth of work, don't expect to complete it in an 8-hour working day. While meeting an unrealistic demand may seem like a commendable task initially, it can set a precedent that's impossible to maintain.

Continuously working yourself past the point of exhaustion and well into overtime to complete weekly or daily workloads is essentially enabling your superior's unrealistic demands. Don't be afraid to speak up; silently going along with it will only make matters worse.

 

Be Proactive

Stressing out about things you have no control over - such as impending redundancy, limited holiday allowance, et cetera - is futile anxiety. Nothing you do or say is likely to change those things in the immediate future, particularly if promotion and progression are off the table at the moment.

Instead of getting worked up about things you can't change, focus your efforts on the things you can. If you're unhappy about your salary or your job is coming to an end, apply for something new and put your efforts into finding a replacement or something more suitable.

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Biochemistry is a  fascinating subject that teaches you about the fundamental building blocks of life. Because the subject is so broad, biochemistry jobs cover many sectors from forensics through to nanotechnology and beyond. 

If you've studied biochemistry at university, there are many biochemistry jobs that you'll be a good candidate for. Choosing the right biochemistry job for you is made easier if you have a rough idea of the area you want to work in. Hopefully, during the course of your studies, you have been inspired to specialise in a particular area that has sparked your interest. 

Let's take a look at some of the most popular biochemistry jobs to get an idea of what biochemistry job roles look like.

Pharmacologist

Working as a pharmacologist, your main goal is to investigate how drugs interact with biological systems. This can be a very rewarding job because you will be:

  • Discovering and creating new medicines
  • Exploring how the effects of certain drugs differ from person to person
  • Improving existing drugs so they are safer and more effective

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Biotechnologist

In this role, you will study all aspects of cells and organisms to create new technology and products. As a biotechnologist, your main goal is to improve people's quality of life. With a biochemistry background, it's likely that, as a biotechnologist, you'll want to specialise in microbiology, forensics, and medicine. Things you'll be tasked with include:

  • Conducting experiments with living organisms
  • Research and data analysis
  • Maintaining and operating standard laboratory equipment

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Clinical Research Associate 

If clinical trials have been the highlight of your biochemistry degree, then perhaps working as a Clinical Research Associate might be perfect for you. It's likely that you'll be testing clinical trials on drugs, their effectiveness and their safety. Other aspects of this role include:

  • Liaising with doctors and other investigators
  • Monitoring trials throughout their duration
  • Preparing written clinical reports for publication

Browse All Biotechnology Jobs Here >

 

Of course, this is just a small selection of the biochemistry jobs you can choose from, but we hope this gives you an overview of the kind of work biochemists can do.

To gain a better understanding of the different jobs that fall under the biochemistry umbrella, it's best to start looking at current job vacancies! By searching for 'biochemistry' on our 'find a job' page, you will be able to see a range of roles that fall under this category.

By reading real biochemistry job descriptionskey duties and responsibilities and role requirements, you will gain a much clearer understanding of the type of biochemistry job you want to/can apply for. 

Click Here to start your biochemistry job hunt today! If you have any questions about biochemistry jobs, job applications, or even writing your CV, don't hesitate to get in touch.

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When it comes to writing your CV, the hardest part is often getting started and actually putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, as the case may be).

A CV is essentially your shop window to promote yourself and, like any shop window, it has to be attractive, neatly presented, and contain something of interest to grab the attention of passers-by.

Today, we're going to focus on achievements - let's run down exactly what achievements to include on your CV to make it shop-window ready.

 

How to Include Achievements on Your CV

A good CV should cover approximately two pages of A4, providing enough information about you, your skills and your achievements without going into unnecessary detail. Space is valuable and extremely limited, so make sure the whole document is solid gold from start to finish.

Be sure to include your recent job history, but don't just mention the duties and responsibilities of each job - really hone in and focus on the results you achieved while you were there.

If you managed a team of ten, go on to mention the fact that your team regularly surpassed their targets under your direction. If you were in charge of sales, include how much revenue was generated as a result of your hard work.

Remember, don't undersell yourself – you only get one chance to make a great first impression. Merely scratching the surface can do you and your skills a serious disservice, and this could be the difference between a callback and a courtesy email.

 

The Wow Factor

In addition to your career timeline and work history, it's important to include the various milestones you've achieved along the way. For job-specific accomplishments, this can be woven into your summary of the relevant job role; however, you may want to include these points in a separate box-out on your CV.

Opting to include achievements on a CV as a stand-alone section is a great way to highlight them to your potential employer, as well as emphasising their importance. This is your 'wow factor' space, reserved for the biggest achievements, ensuring they won't go unnoticed even by the busiest of skim-readers.

It's also a great opportunity to include achievements outside of your career roles, such as work experience, supplementary qualifications and notable feats that transfer well. If you have a relevant accomplishment that falls outside of your linear job history, this is the space to mention it.

 

Stay on Target

Speaking of transferable skills, that leads us nicely to the topic of relevance. Keeping your list of accomplishments applicable is extremely important and can highlight your suitability for the job at a glance.

While it may have been a glorious achievement at the time, that '2nd Place' badge from the junior school sports day sack race probably isn't that relevant when you're applying for a post-grad science job.

Similarly, a ten-man killstreak on Call of Duty may earn you points with the lads down the pub, but it's unlikely to impress your interviewer in terms of employability and suitability for a role.

Try to keep your CV achievements professional, recent, and relevant to the role in question. While additional experience outside of the stated job criteria can be helpful at times, it can also be surplus to requirements.

Read the job description and the person specification carefully, and aim to really tailor your CV to the role you're applying for. Don't distract your potential employer with excess information; grab their attention by checking the boxes you know they are looking to tick.

 

Paint by Numbers

A good CV should paint a vivid picture of the individual as a worker and what they can bring to the table. One of the easiest ways to make your value abundantly clear is to speak in a language most decision-makers will understand: numbers.

Quantifiable figures and statistics are a clear, concise way to illustrate the impact you had on a given outcome. As long as you're being truthful, they can also serve as verifiable evidence to back up your claim.

If you increased company productivity, don't be afraid to crow about just how much you did so. After all, 'My continued efforts increased team-wide productivity by 20%' sounds far more impressive than simply stating 'I increased productivity'.

This rule isn't reserved for percentages - it can also be used to great effect when applied to monetary figures. If your consultancy work saved your client thousands of pounds, be sure to mention just how much you saved them.

The same goes for sales: if you made X sales last month / quarter / year, include the number and don't be afraid to contextualise it. If your salary was £30k and you brought in £300k, simply stating that your sales paid for your salary ten times over can be an attractive point well made.

By now, you should have a good overall idea of what achievements to include on a CV and how to include them effectively. If you need any further CV advice, the following links may be of use to you:

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Getting turned down for a job can be disheartening at the best of times and downright devastating at the worst.

Rejection is particularly frustrating if it comes after you went to the trouble of attending a job interview - making it to the very end of the process only to fall at final hurdle can be a bitter pill to swallow.

That being said, life is a never-ending learning experience, and there can be victory in defeat - even when it comes to not getting the job.

 

Why ask for feedback after interview rejection?

Swallowing your pride and asking 'why?' takes real bravery. After all, you bared your soul in the interview, attempted to sell yourself based on your best qualities, and got turned down all the same – it's hard not to take that personally.

Surely asking your rejectors to elaborate on their decision is akin to asking an ex why they decided to dump you in favour of someone else?

Well, luckily, it needn't be quite as fraught an experience as that.

 

The benefits of asking for feedback after a job interview

Asking for feedback after a job interview can actually be very helpful on a number of levels. While it may seem like you're willingly rubbing salt into your own unemployable wounds, there are a variety of benefits to be had:

 

Discover what worked (and what didn't)

Knowing what went well and what didn't can be a great way to streamline your approach to future job applications, and identifying key areas that are in need of improvement can help you to fill in any gaps in your interview game.

If you knocked it out of the park with your presentation skills but struggled to answer their questions about the business, you know to do more revision next time. On the other hand, if you lacked a skill that the other candidate had, you may want to look into mastering that skill for yourself.

It may not even have had anything to do with your skills at all: it could have been a single throwaway comment that irked the interviewer, or the fact you'd neglected to shave that morning. Either way, clarity can help you right your wrongs and ensure lightning doesn't strike twice.

 

Learn something new

Thorough feedback is frequently helpful, but sometimes, it can be outright enlightening.

From body language to bad habits, asking for comments on your interview performance could lead you to find out something new about yourself that you didn't know about before. This will allow you to work on yourself if necessary.

Whether it's unconsciously doodling on your notepad, not maintaining eye contact out of sheer nerves, or simply seeming disinterested in an attempt to present yourself as calm, brutally honest feedback can make for great constructive criticism.

 

Find out what they want

Interviewer feedback can be a great way to gauge exactly what employers are looking for (and then make sure you present it in future interviews).

If your interviewer informs you that you seemed too brash and self-assertive, try to reign it in a bit next time. If your suit was too loud, tone it down in future. If your handshake was too weak, train up those forearms!

Whatever feedback you are given is a peek behind the curtain at what other employers are likely to be looking for too, so take note and be sure to tick those boxes on your next attempt.

 

Leave the door open

A willingness to learn and better yourself is a great trait to have. Actively seeking ways to improve yourself can leave a lasting impression on a potential employer.

If this is a company you really want to work for or a vacancy you are hoping will crop up again, asking for feedback in a polite and grateful manner could leave the door open to future opportunities.

You never know - the successful candidate may not last, and a positive parting of ways now could leave you first in line for a call-up.

 

How to ask for feedback after an interview

While the setback of job rejection can leave a fresh scar that's particularly tender to the touch, it's important to remain calm, level-headed, and - above all - courteous in your response. This is far easier to do via email, so if possible, go down the digital route rather than making a phone call.

That being said, there are a few things to keep in mind when you're responding to a rejection email. Firstly, remember that their mind is made up by this point and this isn't a window to make them reconsider. Instead, use your response as an opportunity to further endear yourself and leave them with a lasting positive impression.

Display your gratitude for the time they gave you and, if you do choose to relay your disappointment, be sure to do so in a manner that is friendly and reinforces your desire to hopefully work together in the future.

Employers are far more likely to respond to your request if a) you are genuine in your response, and b) you present yourself as a potential candidate for the future. The interviewers have already invested time in you throughout this process, and a positive farewell could still result in good things to come.

Hyper Recruitment Solutions have helped countless candidates to secure rewarding jobs in the science and technology sectors. Browse our latest job listings here, or click the following links for more interview advice...

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HRS team at the 2019 Global Recruiter Awards

We've won our third award in under 12 months!

Last night (20 June), the Hyper Recruitment Solutions team visited London's fabulous Café de Paris for the 2019 Global Recruiter UK Industry Awards. This was the awards' 10th anniversary, and the evening was suitably spectacular, with the venue packed and anticipation running high for the announcement of the winners.

This time around, HRS were up for the Best Small Recruitment Business award, and with two gongs already under our belt for 2018/19 (courtesy of the IRP Awardsi n December and the Recruiter Awards just last month), we were hoping to make it a hat-trick at the Café de Paris last night.

And as it turned out...

...we won!

The awards' organisers praised Hyper Recruitment Solutions for our fast growth, outstanding staff retention, and the "glowing testimonials" our clients have given. Here's what our Managing Director Ricky Martin had to say after the awards had been handed out:

"What a fantastic night - we've done the treble! Picking up wins at the IRP Awards, the Recruiter Awards, and now the Global Recruiter Awards has proven beyond doubt that Hyper Recruitment Solutions is a truly life-changing recruitment company, and we're showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. I couldn't be prouder of the HRS team for the sensational success we've seen in the past 12 months, and it's great to be able to call ourselves global multi-award winners!"

Ricky Martin at the Global Recruiter Awards

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