There are no science jobs - whether in chemistry, molecular
biology, quality assurance, engineering or R&D - where a well-written CV is
not extremely important.
Here are 10 of the errors that crop up most often that could
spell the end of your chances.
1. Too great a length
You shouldn't require more than two or three pages for a CV
- venture onto a fourth or even fifth page, and employers will be given the
impression that you are disorganised and tend to ramble on and on.
2. Misspellings and
The apparent obviousness of this mistake doesn't prevent it
being made time and time again.
Talking about ghost hauntings at your last job (unless
you're applying for a ghostbuster job!) or that you were the best dancer in the
office isn't likely to endear you to science recruitment agencies seeking only
Saying that you passed a degree, diploma or certificate that
you actually failed at isn't a mere bending of the truth - it's an outright lie
that will almost certainly catch up with you later.
Simply saying that you are a "good communicator"
or "work well in a team" without backing it up with any hard evidence
is meaningless to any demanding recruiter.
6. Wrong contact
Even the most brilliant CV might be of little use if the
phone number or email address on it is wrong.
Be wary of stating .com where you should have said .co.uk, or giving the
address of your previous rather than current flat.
7. A one-size-fits-all
Don't send out the same CV for an information systems job as
you would for a procurement role - the CV needs to match the employer's needs,
so adapt it to each application.
8. Vague explanations
Simply saying that you are looking for a new challenge that
offers the opportunity for professional growth doesn't much serve a potential
employer. Instead, state something more specific that focuses on their needs,
not just your own.
9. Fancy font
You might want to stand out through your CV, but you can do
that best by demonstrating your unique qualifications for the role, rather than
merely using an unconventional font that might merely distract the reader.
10. Name and personal
details in the header
The technology used by many science recruitment firms today
to process applications may not pick up information included in the document
header, so we would advise that such crucial details are kept in the main text.
There are many potential reasons why you may not secure an
interview - don't allow any of these easily avoided errors to be the cause of your
own next job application failure.