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Life Sciences Advice - Build a CV with Results

Publish Date: 23-02-2018
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Life Sciences Advice - Build a CV with Results

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You see that a vacancy for your dream job has just opened up. Chances are that (literally) hundreds of other potential employees are trying to get that interview. This is why a CV should be the most powerful tool to leave a good first impression. You want to make sure that between the big stack of résumés, yours will stand out.

As job board, we receive innumerable amounts of CVs on a daily base. Although lots of people are perfectly capable of writing a decent résumé, some people miss out by not delivering a quality and up-to-date document. That is why we decided to write an advice on how to write a résumé that will get you results when looking for a new challenge in life sciences.

 

What is the purpose of your CV?

Having a résumé doesn’t necessarily have to mean that you are actively searching for a job. It could also be a tool for showing your skills to potential partners or it is a way to identify qualities that you want to improve upon.

There are two logical ways a CV can be constructed. This is either chronological or functional. When creating a chronological résumé, make sure you list your most recent working experience at the top instead of the other way around. When using a functional résumé, list the working experience that is most relevant for the work that you want to apply for.

 

  • Chronological CV - best used when looking to advance your career.
  • Functional CV - best used when looking for a career change.

 

A custom made CV, one size does not fit all

Lots of people are under the impression that a CV should be some kind of journal that lists all the work you have done and all the different companies you've worked for. Truth is that a CV is an instrument where you can showcase your skills and how these skills make you the most relevant candidate for the job that you want to apply for.

The person that is assigned to hire someone new isn’t necessarily highly knowledgeable in the particular specialisation you are applying for. This is especially the case for Life Scientists who have a specific set of technological knowledge. Therefore it is best to make sure your CV contains keywords that match the vacancy.

Tip: Just don’t copy everything from a vacancy right into your CV because nobody is the perfect match. 

Like mentioned above, professionals in Life Sciences tend to have a specific set of technological knowledge. It’s not wrong to list all this knowledge, keep in mind that in some cases you shouldn't. When you are applying for a more managerial job, it's important that you don’t clutter the CV with irrelevant (in the eyes of the employer) information.

If your employer is someone who is interested in these skills then you should make sure that you are specific. For instance, there is a defining difference in saying you work in a lab instead of saying your laboratory activities are in electrophoresis, Isotachophoresis or others. Some say that it's best to make your CV no longer than 2 pages. We found out this is all based on the employer preference. If you want to include all your different specialisations then we would suggest placing those in your well-formed LinkedIn profile. Be sure to refer to this profile on top of your CV alongside your contact information. 

 

The cover letter

The best way to see a cover letter is as if your CV is a product you want to sell. The cover letter should be seen as the attractive wrapping. The CV is doing the real work but the cover letter makes the CV look more professional.


Make sure your cover letter isn’t a summary of your CV. It’s a chance to show that you adequately reviewed the job application and why you believe you are an appropriate fit for their company. Never use a cover letter that you send to everyone and simply change the company name. Custom made per job vacancy is the way to go!

Have you recently changed your CV or do you have some interesting advice? Share it with us on our LinkedIn pages, we would love to hear from you!


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