The life sciences industry is a specialist and an exceptionally competitive industry. Whether you are a recent graduate or are wanting to move up in your career, a strong, specialised CV is the key to getting noticed by life science recruiters.
Life sciences as an industry employs roughly 250,000 people and is a sector that has grown exponentially. As such, your CV needs to make a statement and immediately grab your recruiter’s attention.
Here are some tips to ensure you get noticed in the life sciences sector.
Make Your First Impression Count
With a field like life sciences, a summary that delivers an impact is the best way to capture their attention.
There are several ways to write a great summary, but the key is start with your selling points; explain in brief your qualifications, expertise and your successes.
The rest of your CV can then build on these points later on, and when you are invited to interview, the interview is likely to be framed on your initial summary points.
Stick To Two Pages
Conciseness is key when it comes to a CV. Many recruiters are looking at dozens, if not hundreds of CVs per position, and so they need to see at a glance your suitability.
Make sure you give yourself enough space to explain your qualifications, career so far and why it makes you suited to the role, but avoid including too much detail.
Your CV is the time to showcase your successes and your results. Feel free to highlight your skills with examples, and talk about any successful projects or roles you are part of.
If you have figures or statistics available to quantify your wins, show them off, as a recruiter loves to see the evidential impact a potential hire would make to a company.
If you are using example, the STAR (Situation, Task, Activity, Result) structure is a great way to order your successes.
Check, Check and Check Again
Life sciences is a detail-focused industry, and an important early test of this is your CV. Proofread and check it for errors constantly. Get a second opinion as well to make sure it reads the way you want it to.
You will be expected to be meticulous in this sector and a CV littered with mistakes can hamper your chances.
Keep It Simple
There are many creative CV templates and designs out there, and they do indeed initially stand out. It is a risk, however, and if your CV ends up becoming less readable, less consistent and relies too heavily on its style, it will not stand out for the right reasons.
A well written, well crafted simple CV will win over a recruiter far better. After all, they are after substance rather than style.
The key layout considerations you will need to make involve which parts of your career and experience you wish to focus on first.
If you are a recent graduate, lead off with your qualifications after your initial summary, but if you have a little more experience it is worth showcasing your job history and successes.