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
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
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
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
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