While, in theory, the start of a New Year should see many
people living up to their resolutions and dropping bad habits in favour of far
more productive ones, in reality, most of us will probably spend 2016 doing
pretty much the same things that we did in 2015.
There's no reason for you to be the same! Nab one of the
best science jobs this year with our top 10 employability tips.
1. Revamp your CV
your CV quickly make clear why no science recruitment agency should ignore you?
Is it well-structured, readable and free of mistakes? Do you adapt it to each
new position that you apply for?
2. Undertake further
That chemistry, immunology or molecular biology job that you
have your eye on may be more attainable with an additional qualification, or
there might be other useful skills that you can learn more informally.
3. Improve your
Many candidates have a sparkling CV, but can't articulate
in-person what makes them such a great catch for an employer. Avoid the same
problem by rehearsing answers to common interview questions and developing
your lift pitch.
4. Determine what you
Assess what value you actually have to an employer on the
basis of your current skills, attributes and experience. Learn to confidently
'sell' yourself to firms with vacancies for science jobs.
5. Brush up on
Great leadership isn't just about managing a team - it's
also about being able to lead and manage yourself. Can you work well
independently without the need to be micro-managed?
6. Build your online
Your profile on the web can both assist and damage your
chances with the science recruitment agencies that tend to Google the names of
candidates before offering them a job. Make sure your own net presence is a
help rather than a hindrance.
7. Change your
It's especially easy for those who have been unemployed for
a while to think they'll never find another good job. Unfortunately, this lack
of confidence is noticed by employers and can therefore become a
8. Show flexibility
You may desire a certain salary and hours, but that doesn't
necessarily mean you'll get it. Keep your options open - even a less-than-ideal
role may prove the perfect stepping stone to your dream job.
9. Demand feedback
What do current employers and/or colleagues make of your
current performance and attributes? What are your strengths right now, and in
which areas can you improve?
10. Keep busy!
Don't be that jobseeker who simply watches TV all day
instead of searching hard for science
jobs and other opportunities to boost employability. Hunting out that dream
role is a full-time job in itself!
Team up with The
Apprentice winner Ricky Martin and Lord Alan Sugar at Hyper Recruitment
Solutions today, to give yourself the best possible chance of landing that
exciting new science role in 2016.