A fresh new year is the ideal time to a make a new start, including finding a life science vacancy that better suits you and fulfils your interests.
However, even with the best intentions, finding the ideal job is not easy, which is why we are giving you some tips on how you can improve your chances of landing the position of your dreams.
- Recruitment agency
Trying to hunt for a job is no easy feat, particularly if you are already busy in your current post. That is why it is a good idea to seek help from a recruitment agency.
They publicise all the jobs they have on their books, and you can refine your search by location, level and job title. This is a quick and easy way to compare positions and see how competitive the jobs market is at the moment.
It is also incredibly easy to apply for a post through an agency, being able to read the job description and submit your application with the touch of a button. Indeed, it is so simple, you could send out a handful of applications before 2020 has even begun!
- Boost LinkedIn profile
One of the first places companies go to find out more about candidates is their LinkedIn profile, so make sure yours is up to date, relevant and complements your skills.
The social media site is such a good tool at helping professionals network that more than 645 million people across the world use it, enabling jobseekers to gain access to a considerable number of potential recruiters.
In order to capitalise on this, Forbes suggests making your bio stand out on LinkedIn, uploading a professional photo, and including relevant experiences. Having an interesting introduction about yourself, as well as details about previous jobs, awards and internships, is useful as it tells those looking at it what you are like and what you want from your career.
- Make wise decisions
While it is flattering to be offered a job, make sure it is really the one you want. Are you leaving behind a post you are unhappy in simply to make the same mistake again? You might find you need to diversify your career choices to find a position that really interests you; or you should aim for a higher level if you want to progress in your career and get a promotion; or you need to look for a job nearby if you are fed up with long commutes; or if you are dissatisfied with your company’s terms and conditions, you have to focus on looking for a firm that cares about their employees.
Although it can be tempting to settle for any job, particularly if you want to start your new employment at the beginning of the new year, it is essential you do not lose sight of your main goal.
Career expert Kourtney Whitehead told readers of Forbes: “Make sure you aren’t becoming so intent on ending the pain that you are actually settling yourself up in a job you’ll regret taking.”