Job Hunting Advice
Social media has become one of the best ways of finding your ideal position. Although Facebook and Twitter can be used, LinkedIn is the social media outlet of choice for professional networking and individuals seeking job opportunities. You can contact companies and even managers who are looking for staff directly, and you can be approached by individuals, including recruiters, who may have career opportunities that would be of interest. Some general tips for LinkedIn are;
- Make sure you profile is a good representation of your skills- view your profile similar to your CV and include as much detail about past experience and positions as possible. These key skills will help potential employers find your profile and highlight you on their searches.
- Connect to individuals who are useful for your situation or industry- having a large network is great, but if your network is full of individuals who are irrelevant to your industry, then you won’t have content visible that is suitable for you.
- If you are going to upload a profile picture, ensure it is professional and appropriate for a professional social network.
- Professional recommendations about your skills and expertise help to demonstrate your capabilities and are much more eye catching that anything you can write about yourself.
- Similar to a CV, make sure spelling and grammar are correct and remain active with content update and interactions with other users. If you don’t log into LinkedIn for 3 months, you will no longer remain visible when people search for skills you have.
Applying to Job Adverts
There are plenty of websites that you can find job adverts for roles within the scientific industry. Both recruiters and companies place adverts on job boards and it is often the best way of making sure your CV is being considered for a role. A few tips to consider are;
- Ensure the CV you have registered with the website is up to date so any applications you make are good representation of your current skill set.
- If you are applying to multiple positions, it is best to make sure that you are a good fit for the roles. Applying to multiple roles with the same recruiter/ company which aren’t suitable for your skill set will diminish the chance of them progressing your application.
- When applying to a position, it is always advisable to write a short cover letter to the application. Not only does this show you are considering the roles carefully you are applying for, but it also makes you stand out from the other applicants who don’t.
- If you look on a job board and don’t see an advert for a role that is of interest, then it is still worth while registering your details. Firstly, the website can send you opportunities of interest via email but recruiters and companies can search CVs which are registered with the website without advertising a role.
Using a Scientific Recruitment Agency
Registering you details with a recruitment agency can have multiple benefits. The first obvious one is that they can keep you informed of roles that become available. However, if you are looking for a position but would like to keep your details confidential, a recruitment consultant can approach organisations without mentioning your name, without having an active profile online. Some suggestions when working with an agency are;
- Regularly update your CV that is on file with the agency.
- Sign up to any mailing systems the agency has to keep you informed of roles that are of interest.
- Build a relationship with a consultant and make regular contact with them regarding positions they have.
- If you are waiting for feedback on an application, have patience with your consultant, as you can imagine, a lot of people apply to job adverts and providing individual feedback may not be possible in some cases. Generally though a recruitment consultant will try and be as helpful as possible to you during the application process.