how to start a cover letter

Hiring managers have to sift through hundreds of CVs and cover letters every day, after a while, they can all start to look the same.

If you want your CV and cover letter to stand out from the crowd you need to make sure they're unique and interesting. You might be wondering - what's the purpose of a cover letter and why is it important? Well, hiring managers tend to use cover letters to find out more about your personality.

Young scientists are great at filling their CV's up with experience and qualifications but they sometimes lack information about their character - that's where a good cover letter comes in!

Why is it important to grab their attention?

Cover letters aren't always the most important thing when it comes to job applications, in fact, if your CV is good enough, the hiring manager might not need to read your cover letter at all. That being said, if your CV isn't quite enough to secure you an interview, a strong covering letter might just clinch the deal.

Your cover letter should say something about your personality without coming across arrogant or gimmicky. Consider your cover letter as the employer's first impression of you. What do you want them to think about you and the way you work? 

Knowing how to start a cover letter is often the trickiest part. You need an opening line that grabs the reader's attention and leaves a lasting impression - otherwise, your application will simply merge in the hundreds of others they've read that day.

Tips for the start of your cover letter

Here are a few tips you can follow if you've got a bad case of writer's block and you need a bit of direction. 

  • Mention someone you know who works in the business

"I'm a friend of Jane Doe's and she advised me to contact you about this role because she thinks I'm a great fit."

  • Don't waffle, be direct

"What drew me to this position is the opportunity for personal growth and development."

  • Share how you're feeling about the job

"I've been passionate about (industry) for as long as I can remember, and I'd love an opportunity to show you what I can bring to the role."

  • Make sure you include relevant keywords

"During my time at (current company) I've developed strong presentation skills and I'm great and staying organised and working to deadlines."

What about the rest of my cover letter?

The rest of your cover letter should be written in an appropriate manner for the job, while still allowing parts of your personality to shine through.

You can use the main body of your cover letter to explain more details about your qualifications, to share insights into your hobbies and interests and to show the hiring manager exactly why you're a great fit for the role. We've created a CV and cover letter checklist to help guide you through your draft, you can take a look at them here:

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If you're interested in applying for professional science roles, we have a wide range of science vacancies available. We work tirelessly to help candidates like you find their dream roles. 

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environmental science

Environmental science is one of those fields that everyone secretly wishes they could work in. It's a science that draws on physics, biology, chemistry and geology to study our Earth and it's natural processes. People who work in this field use their academic knowledge to find new ways to protect our environment, prevent the extinction of animals and reverse the effects of climate change.

Why should you study environmental science?

If you've been paying attention to the media in 2020, you'll know that (besides coronavirus) conservation and climate change have been very prominent topics. This is because scientists have identified a very small window, of about 10-years, that we have left to significantly change our way of living if we want to save the planet. 

Environmental science has not always been a subject you can study, in fact, it's a relatively new subject that only really gained popularity in the '60s and '70s.

If you're not sure whether you should study environmental science at university, ask yourself this. Do you want to help create an eco-friendly world? If the answer is yes - environmental science might be the perfect degree for you!

What are the 5 main sectors of environmental science?

Like most scientific disciplines, environmental science covers a broad range of topics. The five major sub-sections of environmental science are:

  • Ecology - living organisms and how they interact with each other
  • Environmental Chemistry - chemical processes and the way they change our environment
  • Social Sciences - the relationship between humans and nature
  • Geosciences - the Earth's crust and the different phenomena that occur there
  • Atmospheric sciences - the Earth's atmosphere and how it relates to other natural processes

Are environmental scientists in demand?

Yes! Environmental scientists are very much in demand at the moment. There is a huge push for people to start creating new, environmentally-friendly technologies to clean up our land, oceans and air.

You might have noticed in the news recently that David Attenborough & Prince William have joined forces to create the Earthshot prize, a "Nobel Prize for environmentalism" that will award people £1m for new, environment-preserving ideas. Their goal is to find 50 solutions to our worst environmental problems by 2030 by giving people working in environmental science and other related fields an incentive to innovate.

So, now is a great time to get involved in environmental science and put your best ideas forward. You never know, you might end up working on a project that lands you one of the first Earthshot prizes!

What environmental science jobs are there?

Environmental science is a really broad subject, which is why there are hundreds of different roles you can choose from. During your environmental science studies, you might find that your interests lie in one particular area, like conservation, for example. In that case, you might look for a job as a nature conservation officer. Other jobs that are directly related to environmental science include:

  • Water quality scientist
  • Recycling officer
  • Minerals surveyor
  • Commercial horticulturist

If you're looking for a career in environmental science, get in touch with the HRS recruitment team today. We'll help you find a job that will help you turn your dreams of a cleaner, greener world into a reality!

No matter how much you prepare before an interview, things that are completely out of your hands can go wrong on the day and cause you to be late. Whether it's a bus that's running late, an unavoidable traffic jam, or a wrong turn on your way there, there's nothing you can do to avoid these things from happening - but what effect will it have on your interview performance?

Is being late for an interview a deal-breaker?

Turning up late for an interview without giving the interviewer any notice is definitely going to affect your chances of a successful interview. In fact, a survey conducted by The Creative Group back in 2015 shows that after checking or answering your phone in an interview, showing up late without acknowledging it is one of the most common interview dealbreakers. 

What should you do if you're running late?

If you know you're going to be late, it's important that you notify the person you've been corresponding with as soon as possible! At this point, sending an email or a text message isn't going to cut it. Emails and texts can be easily missed, especially when the person on the other end is likely to be busy or even in another interview. It's best to give the company a phone call and make sure that you leave a message with reception, as a minimum. 

If you manage to get in touch with someone, make sure you tell them why you're running lateapologise sincerely, and give them an estimate of your arrival time. In some cases, the interviewer might be able to push your interview time back a little bit and still see you on that day. However 9 times out of 10, it's better to reschedule. Here's why...

Being late will affect your performance

Even if the bus shows up, the traffic clears, or you eventually find your way to the right location, it's better to try and reschedule the interview because you're already starting off on a bad foot. The adrenaline and panic that you usually feel before an interview is significantly heightened when you're running late. Most likely, you'll arrive feeling flustered and unprepared so you won't give your best performance in the interview. 

By rescheduling, you avoid confusing the interviewer's schedule, and you also give yourself the chance to relax and prepare for the interview the second time around. Usually, interviewers prefer you to reschedule, so don't be afraid to ask if you're running late.

How do I avoid being late in the future?

If you've already missed one interview, it's highly unlikely that the personal interview will accommodate your tardiness again, so it's important you show up on time (or a little bit early) for the next one. Here are our tips to make sure you arrive at your interview on time:

  • Visit the place where you're interviewing prior to your interview. This will give you an idea of where to go & will prevent you from getting lost.
  • Anticipate traffic. If your interview is scheduled for a busy time of day, make sure allow for this and set off with plenty of extra time.
  • Get your clothes ready and pack your bag the night before. That way, you can have a stress-free morning and be ready on time.

Hopefully, these tips will help you get the situation under control quickly if you find yourself running late for an interview. For more interview advice, click the button below:

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how to get a pharmaceutical job

Working in the pharmaceutical industry is so rewarding. Every day, you'll be developing new life-saving drugs that will change people's lives. 

Today we're going to take a look at a few different things that will help you get a pharmaceutical job. Whether you're a recent graduate or someone looking for a career change, these hints and tips should make you feel more prepared for pharmaceutical job applications and interviews.

What kind of pharmaceutical jobs are there?

The first step in getting a pharmaceutical job is determining what's out there, what you're interested in and what you're qualified for. From pharmaceutical analysis to quality control, there are job roles throughout the different stages of drug research, development and creation that are sure to appeal to any budding scientist. Exploring current pharmaceutical job vacancies can give you a good idea of the types of roles out there, and the skills required to get them.

Some of the pharmaceutical job vacancies we currently have on offer are:

  • Senior Solid State Scientist - Pharmaceutical (Essex) - "You will be responsible for supporting Medicinal Chemistry, ADME and Pharmacology in solid-state chemistry, crystallisation science and pre-formulation to provide expert input on our drug discovery programs."
  • Laboratory Support Technician (London) - "You will be supporting the research and development laboratory teams and scientists with all aspects of running safe and efficient laboratory operations."
  • Raw Materials Analyst (Blaenau Gwent) - "You will be responsible for analysing incoming raw materials against current pharmacopoeia."

Looking at the responsibilities of different pharmaceutical jobs is a great way to decide which area is the right fit for you. Once you've got a better idea of what's out there, you can concentrate on getting your dream job. 

What do I need to get a pharmaceutical job?

As will all science jobs, having the right qualifications and work experience under your belt is paramount if you want your job application to be successful. Here are the basic things you need if you want to get a pharmaceutical job.

Qualifications

Most pharmaceutical jobs require you to have a degree in a relevant subject, such as:

  • Pharmacology
  • Medicine
  • Biochemistry
  • Neuroscience

Some bigger pharmaceutical companies may even require you to have a postgraduate level qualification like an MSc or a PhD in your chosen scientific field. There are very few pharmaceutical jobs that you can do without degree-level education, so if you haven't already, consider enrolling in a relevant course.

Work Experience

Along with relevant academic qualifications, some pharmaceutical jobs will expect you to have relevant work experience under your belt. This could be anything from volunteering in a laboratory alongside your studies to doing a 'year in industry' placement at university. Any work you can undertake to show your passion for pharmacology will put your job application miles ahead of other applicants. 

How to get into pharmaceutical research

Pharmaceutical research is one of the most sought after roles in pharmaceuticals because it gives people the opportunities to (you guessed it) research and test new drugs and medications. This is where major medical breakthroughs are made which can often lead to innovative new treatments that save hundreds of lives!

The average salary for a research scientist is £32,000, which makes these roles very appealing! To make yourself stand out in the crowd when applying for pharmaceutical research jobs, we'd recommend getting plenty of research work experience under your belt, carry out research in your own time, and work hard to achieve a 1:1 in your degree.

Pharmaceutical Jobs

 

where to find science jobs

In the current climate, finding jobs in any industry can be challenging. With unemployment rates rising due to COVID-19, we're seeing more and more people heading online in search for their next job.

One of the great things about looking for science jobs is that you'll almost always find something you can apply for. Even in times of crisis where other industries struggle, science job vacancies continue to appear. In fact, the demand for inventive science professionals is higher than ever as we struggle to get this new virus under control.

Knowing where to find science jobs can help you get ahead of other candidates with experience in your field. We'll help you find science jobs that you can apply for right now to get your science career moving in the right direction. Here are a few ways you can find science jobs that fit your criteria quickly. 

 

Make a list of key criteria

Finding the right science job for you can be daunting if you haven't outlined the criteria you're looking for. Ask yourself the following questions and note down your answers. This will help you look for the right kind of science jobs in the right area:

  • Would you be willing to travel for your dream job, or do you want to work where you currently live?
  • Do you want to work part-time, full-time, or do you want an internship/apprenticeship?
  • Would you like to specialise in a particular field?
  • What level of experience do you have? Is this enough for the types of science jobs you have in mind?
  • What are your salary expectations?

Most science jobs websites will allow you to filter jobs down using criteria not dissimilar to what we've outlined above. This means you can quickly turn an overwhelming list of 350 science jobs into an easy-to-digest selection of 40-50.

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Make a list of science recruiters in your area

If you're not sure where to find science jobs where you live, we'd recommend looking for local science recruiters who can help match you to jobs and arrange interviews. Not only will this make the task of finding science jobs easier, it will also help take some of the job search stress off your shoulders.

Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we have science recruitment agencies in the following locations:

  • London
  • Manchester
  • Edinburgh
  • Oxford
  • Cambridge
  • Berkshire

Are you looking for science jobs in one of the areas listed above? Don't hesitate to speak to a member of the HRS team, we'll help you find science jobs local to you in no time!

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Specialist job sites vs typical job sites

One of the main errors people make when trying to find science jobs is turning to very general job sites. Now, in our experience, most science companies will avoid sharing job adverts on these kinds of sites, because they want to attract a very niche group of professionals.

If you want to know where to find science jobs, we'd recommend looking on websites that specialise in jobs in the science industry. Not only will it save you time (because you won't have to sift through hundreds of irrelevant/vaguely relevant jobs), but it will also help you find opportunities that aren't listed on your average job site. 

A lot of science job sites, like ours, will allow you to create a candidate profile. This means you can upload your CV, set up job alerts and apply to new science job vacancies as soon as they appear.  

So, if you're wondering where to find science jobs, this should help you make a start! Remember, we have a whole team of science recruitment professionals working here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, who are eager to help you find the science job dreams become a reality. 

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