We may serve organisations and candidates in a wide range of categories of science jobs here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, from biotechnology and pharmaceutical to FMCG/food and engineering, but many of the pressures that you face will be much the same in any of these roles.

One such pressure is that of achieving the highest level of productivity. Stressed about having to get more done in increasingly little time? Just follow our simple tips.

Eliminate common modern distractions

It seems that anyone in pretty much any role can be very easily distracted by social media updates or even whatever's on TV in the canteen.

You may presume that it's good for your work success to always be connected, but if anything, the opposite is true - it sucks a lot more time from your schedule than you might think.

Set your next day's schedule before you leave the office

A clear schedule helps you to stay organised and focused in a way that doing things 'on the hoof' simply cannot. Nor do you need to leave the daunting task of setting a schedule for the start of each day, a time when you would probably rather ease yourself gradually into work.

Why not, therefore, put together that 'to-do' list for the following day just before you leave, so that you'll know exactly what you have to do from 8am the next morning and can simply focus on racing through the list?

Impose - and meet - your deadlines

Depending on your level of responsibility in your role, you might not have the luxury of setting deadlines for yourself or others in your team. However, whether you do or do not have that power, you should at least ensure that deadlines are stuck to.

Treat your work deadlines like financial budgets that you simply cannot miss, and consider factoring an extra 15 minutes into the plan for your schedule each day, just in case certain assignments do overrun.

Take quick breaks when you need them

The aforementioned rule shouldn't dictate that you stay glued to your desk at all times, even when you are becoming too stressed or distracted to concentrate properly.

Instead, break the cycle by getting out of your chair and going for a short walk down the corridor, stretching your legs or preparing a cup of coffee. It'll give you a fresh pair of eyes which with to attack your work responsibilities again.

Try not to multi-task

We are in an age in which multi-tasking seems not only possible, but also desirable, despite the research findings that point to it being a myth. Indeed, according to a 2009 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, even those who claim to multi-task are actually pretty bad at it.

When you combine such discoveries with the highly delicate and responsible nature of so many science jobs, there's a very strong case for focusing on accomplishing one task at a time to a good standard, rather than joining the league of stressed-out, distracted and poorly-performing multi-taskers.

Fill your mind with positive thoughts

We aren't talking about spending your day repeating endless 'affirmations' in your head that you barely even believe - indeed, we're talking about something that you may not do at work at all.

Before you go to bed at night, remind yourself of your life dreams and your goals for the day ahead, and/or read an inspirational book. Make sure your subconscious is full of uplifting thoughts that will carry you through another drab Monday.

Are you eager to put these productivity tips to the test in your dream science role? Get in touch with the leading science recruitment agency Hyper Recruitment Solutions now, so that we can suitably prepare you for and match you to your next big career opportunity. 

If you want to immediately follow up your studies with a rewarding and well-paid job, one of the first things that will require attention is your CV.

A good CV - one that projects an image of you as confident, competent and professional - will capture the attention of even the most fastidious recruitment agencies, so here are 10 ways to ensure it is exactly that.

1. Include all of the essential details

Does your CV even include your full name? What about your telephone number or email address so that employers can actually contact you? Have you listed all relevant skills and past experiences?

2. Use a professional email address

An embarrassing email address referencing your sexual proclivities or that sitcom character's famous saying immediately plants doubt in the employer's head. According to a study cited by the University of Kent Careers and Employability Service, 76% of CVs with unprofessional email addresses are ignored.

3. Don't exaggerate your qualities or accomplishments

You may want to show your qualifications, skills and experiences in the best light, but don't venture outside the realm of truth by making outlandish claims that will kill your chances when you are asked about them at interview.

4. Have multiple versions of your CV

It's accepted practice now to adapt your CV to different science jobs, but doing so can be time-consuming. Make it easier by having several versions of your CV ready for swift modification - for example, a long one that has everything, a short one covering only the most basic details and a third one that combines the most appropriate elements of the aforementioned two.

5. Don't use any more than two or three sides

Employers frequently have hundreds of CVs to sift through - they are unlikely to be interested in reading beyond this widely accepted standard length unless you have undertaken multiple short-term projects or assignments or possess literally decades of relevant experience.

6. Double check and triple-check spelling and grammar

This advice seems to show up in every article about CV writing, and with good reason - it really is that important. It especially needs to be retold given that graduates are twice as likely to make spelling or grammatical errors on their CVs as non-graduates.

7. Go for interesting, but professional presentation

We wouldn't recommend that you go for an 'artsy and quirky' CV design if you're gunning for science jobs, but there's still scope for a bit of classy creativity that takes your CV away from 'deathly dull' territory - for example, a slightly unconventional (but still professional) font for your name at the top of the document.

8. Cite examples of leadership

Recruiters for science jobs like to see indications that you can take responsibility for yourself and would not be out of place in a managerial role in years to come. Captaining the cricket team at school or being the key instigator behind university charity events can therefore be more relevant than you realise.

9. Swerve clear of CV clichés

If your idea of the kind of CV statement that employers like to see is still "I like to socialise with friends", you really need to rethink that hobbies section. Quirkier pastimes can attract attention to a CV in a more positive sense, as long as they aren't controversial.  

10. Get someone else to look at it

Spending too long poring over your CV can sometimes paradoxically make it harder to pick out so-called 'obvious' mistakes or areas for improvement (for example, a poorly phrased sentence) - so, get at least one of two other trusted people to give it a quick read-through.

Read our other useful CV writing tips or remind yourself of our Candidate Commitment to get a sense of how we could assist you in your early science career here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, including by matching you to the most desirable science jobs in sought-after fields ranging from pharmaceutical and clinical to engineering and biotechnology. 

It's not surprising that the pharmaceutical industry is such a key focus for many of those in pursuit of the most desirable science jobs, given the ever-evolving nature of the sector amid continually high demand for new and improved medications and therapeutics.

As a pharmaceutical worker, you may be involved in everything from the dispensing of drugs and the labelling of medication to the writing of reports about experiments and the research itself that could have significant implications for an entire population of patients.  

An entry-level pharmaceutical role could land you a salary of around £18,000 per annum, rising to as much as £150,000 or higher if you eventually become an executive or specialist at a leading firm. But what are the core skills that are required to thrive in this stimulating and rewarding field?

The skills that make all the difference

Pharmaceutical workers are expected to possess any of a wide range of core skills, depending on their specific area and level of responsibility. These include good interpersonal skills and an ability to explain information in an easily understandable way to the public.

Good employees in this industry also tend to be highly organised, methodical and accurate, also having good maths and IT skills. They should be able to work both alone and as part of a team, prioritise projects and even apply a certain level of business knowledge, if applicable.

From project planning to managerial skills

An ability to plan ahead projects well is key in the pharmaceutical field, given the ever-present need to identify tasks, allocate resources and estimate costs.

Your ability to work as part of a team is likely to be routinely tested during your time as a pharmaceutical worker, with any prior experience in team building invaluable for suitably understanding and dealing with the distinct group dynamics and group development that apply to this sector.

As in virtually every other job role - certainly any that would be within the scope of a science recruitment agency - communication and presentation skills are also essential for pharmaceutical staffers, who need to be able to understand the relationship between their own communication style and skills and their all-round effectiveness in their role.

Should you rise to a managerial role in this highly performance-oriented sector, you will also need to be skilled at delivering constructive feedback and resolving conflicts.

Talk to Hyper Recruitment Solutions about your pharmaceutical career

From risk analysis and time management to decision making and delegation, there are many other core skills that will serve you well in the pharmaceutical industry, but the aforementioned make good starting points for further investigations of the right roles in this field for you.

Remember that here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, one of the most acclaimed science recruitment agencies active today, we can cater for a wide range of specialist skill sets in the pharmaceutical sector, encompassing - but not restricted to - regulatory affairs, quality assurance, research and development, engineering, clinical research and consumer insight.

For more information on how our highly experienced and knowledgeable science recruitment specialists can aid you into this highly competitive but exciting science industry, please contact us now by phone, email or our simple online enquiry form.  

Whether the role that you have your eye on is in R&D, quality assurance or such a specific field as pharmacology or molecular biology, there's one challenge that you will almost certainly have to face: the job interview.

You might think that a great interview performance in front of a recruitment team is all about what you say, but actually, what you do is hardly any less important.

It's something that a prospective employer will begin to judge as soon as you step into the interview room - that's right, before you even say anything.

Getting your eye contact right

Eye contact with the interviewer is one of the most important things to incorporate into your body language, as it signals that you are interested in and paying attention to them.

However, there's an art to getting eye contact right. Relentlessly fixing your eyes to those of the interviewer right through your exchange may be unsettling or even make you look blank and uninterested.

Instead, go for what body language expert Dr Lillian Glass calls "direct face contact", whereby every two seconds, you look at a different part of the interviewer's face, rotating from their eyes, to their nose, to their lips.

Using your head is important, too

Combining the aforementioned eye and face contact with the occasional nodding of your head further indicates your attentiveness and understanding of what the interviewer is saying.

Such nods can be further complemented with smiling at appropriate moments and laughing when the interviewer does, all of which helps to show your personality.

Try to resist interrupting the interviewer, and when it's your turn to speak, maintain an even and polite tone of voice that is neither overly soft and timid, nor too loud and domineering.

Strike the right pose

Where many candidates for jobs fail in achieving the right body language is not getting their overall body posture right.

There's a big difference, for instance, between the leaning forward that we all naturally do when we are engaged in a conversation, and the slouching that simply makes you look uninterested. To achieve the former, lean only slightly forward, with your chest high but your shoulders back and down.

Again, much of achieving the right overall body language is all about balance. It's a good idea, for instance, to gently mimic the positive body language of your interviewer, such as a subtle nod or posture change.

Matching their handshake works well too, but an overly firm handshake can suggest arrogance, while a weak one may indicate someone who is precisely that.

Body language is an in-depth field that we cannot possibly cover comprehensively here. Nonetheless, these basic rules should help you to improve your interview technique when competing for the most sought-after jobs. 

It's one of the big questions that you will ask yourself during your life: how do I find my dream job?

It's not necessarily as simple a question that it sounds, even for those who already know their interest is in jobs. After all, is your idea of a 'dream job' something that you love and are good at, or is there a specific ambition associated with it, such as a certain lifestyle or salary?

Here are five of our favourite tips for landing your ideal role in 2016.

1. Go on a journey of discovery

What is it that you actually want in a job? What are you passionate about? To what kind of jobs (or indeed, any jobs) do your existing skills and interests best match, and if you are deficient in any area, what do you need to do next?

Assess yourself with career tools like those of the National Careers Service, research particular fields like immunology, chemistry or clinical work, get in touch with experts in your desired sector about how to break into it... there's plenty that you can learn with little more than a computer and an Internet connection.

2. Focus on steady, incremental progress

Many people may have yearned for a job change for years, only to find themselves procrastinating over actually taking the steps to get there.

You don't need to turn your career on its head with a day or week - instead, focus on smaller things, such as attending a relevant event or registering with a recruitment agency, that will help you steadily towards your goal.

3. Don't think only about the money

There's a saying that if you find a job you love, you will never work a day in your life.

It's true in many ways. While you obviously can't completely discount the money element, allowing it to dominate your job search is rarely a reliable way to find your dream job, which is - after all - the whole objective behind this article.

4. Gradually ease into your new career

Unless you are a recent or soon-to-be graduate or have sufficient financial backing to undertake a long unpaid internship in your desired role, and certainly if you already have a steady job, you may be reluctant to make the big jump into a new career.

The good news is that you don't have to - indeed, it may be best for you not to risk everything. Don't feel guilty about keeping your steady existing job for now while taking a part-time course, volunteering or work shadowing to explore your potential career change.

5. Be realistic about what constitutes a 'dream job'

Even the most popular and well-paid jobs have their positive and negative aspects, but at the same time, don't lapse into thinking that literally any job that pays is a 'dream' one.

No job situation is absolutely perfect, but there are definitely roles that will make you feel more rewarded than others.

Keep an open mind, prepare to work hard and contact one of the leading recruitment agencies, Hyper Recruitment Solutions about how we can power your career to new levels of success in 2016!  

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