Rather than simply clicking ‘connect’ on every profile you see on LinkedIn with the aim of growing a large network, use the ‘connect’ option as a place to start conversations with the people who could add value to your network. Having lots of connections will ultimately be useless if you aren’t taking the time to get to know them and making your name one that they will remember.
It’s not about how many thousands of connections you have, but more about what those connections can bring to your network, and ultimately, your job search. In this article, we outline some of the best ways to grow a high-quality network on LinkedIn, with advice on how to keep the conversations with your connections going after your connection requests have been accepted.
The file name you use for your CV is another opportunity for you to promote your personal brand, and to help your name stick with recruiters. Naming your CV ‘CV.doc’ or ‘Resume2021.pdf’ isn’t at all inspiring and won’t help your application stand out. These file names are meaningless, and it’s likely that there will be duplicates of these in the recruiter’s CV pile.
To help build your network with the most relevant contacts, it’s important to be as specific as possible in your LinkedIn headline; making it clear who you are, what you do, and what you’re hoping to gain from the platform.
When outlining your achievements in your CV, aim to back up your most important wins with statistics that tell recruiters and hiring managers exactly what you’re capable of, and the types of results you could produce in the role you’re applying for.
An elevator pitch is a quick overview of your background, skills and experiences, with the idea being that it’s short enough to be told during one trip in an elevator. You should always have an elevator pitch prepared when you’re job hunting as you never know who you’ll bump into, and when you might get the opportunity to sell yourself as a potential employee.
Especially during a time of increased competition for jobs, it can be hard to stay motivated during your pharma job search. Whether you’re just starting out in the industry or are looking for your next role within it, finding the job that’s right for you can be an exhausting process. To help you stay positive and productive throughout your pharma job search, we’ve outlined some of the best ways to stay motivated when looking for a job.
The STAR method is often used to answer behavioural questions in job interviews. When used well, it will allow you to convey your key achievements and strengths as a candidate in a clear and structured way, giving your interviewer a really clear picture of your potential.
When applying for your next pharma job, you’ll likely be asked to write a cover letter to support your application. This is your opportunity to expand on - rather than repeat - what’s in your CV and put your key skills, experiences and achievements into the context of the role. It’s also your space to convey who you are as a person beyond the skills and qualifications you hold.
If you’re currently looking for a new role in the Life Sciences industry, completing a personal SWOT analysis is a great way to plan and prepare yourself for your career move. Split into four stages, a SWOT analysis will help you to identify your key Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats in order to create an action plan to make you a strong candidate for your desired role.
Despite what you might think, the email address you use when applying for jobs can say a lot about you, and can affect your chances of getting your CV past the filter hurdle. Using an unprofessional email address that doesn’t say anything about who you are (e.g. email@example.com) isn’t going to do you any favours!
If you’re in the pharmaceutical sector and you’re planning a career move in 2021, it’s vital that you have a plan in place to help you with your job search. We’ve put together some key advice on how you could approach your career move; with tips on what you could do before your search, how to make the most out of job boards like ours, and how to organise your applications.
Video technologies have been expanding to HR business processes since long before the pandemic. As far as I remember, it was 2013 when I first came across a video-resume and recorded video questionnaire service. It seemed very convenient, however, not suitable for every industry. There is a prerequisite for using it - there should be an employer-driven market where there is high competition between candidates.
Because English is such a complex language, it is fraught with traps that we can all fall into. With this list I hope to clear up at least a few of the confusing words we use every day. This is a list of some of the more common errors people make with English within their CV.