The beginning of a new year is supposed to see people living up to their resolutions and dropping bad habits in favour of far
more productive ones. In reality, of course, most of us end up doing more or less the same things as we did the year before.
But there's no reason for you to be the same! Become more employable and nab one of the
best science jobs this year with these 10 tips from Hyper Recruitment Solutions:
1. Revamp your CV
your CV quickly make clear why no employer should ignore you?
Is it well-structured, readable and free of mistakes? Do you adapt it to each
new position that you apply for? Make sure the answer to all three of these questions is a resounding 'yes!'
2. Undertake further
That molecular biology job you've got your eye on may be more attainable with an additional qualification. Even if you don't need a specific formal qualification to get the role you want, there might be other useful skills that you can learn in order to boost your employability.
3. Improve your
Many candidates have a sparkling CV, but can't articulate
in person what makes them such a great catch. Avoid this problem by rehearsing answers to common interview questions and developing
your lift pitch - this will ensure that you're prepared to really impress your potential employer.
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 during interviews, and remembering that you're interviewing the employer as well!
5. Brush up on your leadership skills
Great leadership isn't just about managing a team - it's
also about being able to manage yourself. Can you work well
independently without the need to be micro-managed? Are you able to show initiative when working?
6. Build your online
Your profile on the web can both assist and damage your
chances with employers, who will often Google the names of
candidates before offering them a job. Make sure your own net presence is a
help rather than a hindrance - see our social media clean-up tips for assistance.
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 does not go unnoticed by employers, and it can therefore become a
self-fulfilling prophecy. Think positive, and this will come through in your applications and interviews.
8. Show flexibility
You may desire a certain salary and hours, but that doesn't
necessarily mean you'll get it. Keep an open mind: even a less-than-ideal
role may turn out to be the perfect stepping stone to your dream job.
9. Request feedback
What do your current employers and/or colleagues think of your
current performance? Ask them about your best and worst attributes - what are your strengths right now, and in
which areas could you improve?
10. Keep busy!
Don't be that jobseeker who simply watches TV all day
- you should be searching hard for jobs and other opportunities that will make you more employable. Hunting out that dream
role is a full-time job in itself!
If you're looking for a job in science or technology, be sure to register with Hyper Recruitment Solutions to get the latest science job listings and further advice on how to be more employable.