Job hunting can be a challenging and often overwhelming process. Here are some common challenges that job seekers face and strategies to overcome them.
Writing your CV
Many job advertisements receive a large number of applicants, making it challenging to stand out. A great CV is the key to getting your perfect scientific, clinical or technical job.
Employers on average take 30 seconds to make their mind up on a CV, so it is important you highlight your relevant skills and experiences that match the job description. Use keywords from the job posting to increase your chances of passing through applicant tracking systems.
If you want some more guidance, visit our advice centre for CV writing tips and more.
Impressing at an interview
Impressing at a job interview involves a combination of preparation, professionalism, and effective communication.
Research the company, look at their values, products/services. Make sure to review the job description, identifying the key responsibilities and qualifications required for the position. Prepare examples from your past experiences that demonstrate your ability to successfully fulfil daily duties of the job description. In addition to technical skills, emphasise your soft skills such as teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and adaptability – making sure to always be able to back everything up with examples.
Once the interview is drawing to a close, it is likely they will ask you if you have any questions for them. It is just as important to ask questions, as it is to answer them. Asking the interviewer questions, shows that you are seriously interested in the role and will help to build a rapport with them.
Remember that interviews are a two-way street – you’re not just there to impress the interviewer, but also to evaluate if the company is the right fit for you.
Visit the interview advice section on our advice centre for more tips.
Lack of feedback
It’s frustrating when you don’t hear back from employers after applying or interviewing. However, you can always follow up after submitting your application or after an interview with an email expressing your continued interest and inquiring about the status of the application process.
This is where using a recruitment agency like CK can be helpful, we will approach our clients on your behalf to ensure we get feedback from your application.
The current job market
The Life Science and Clinical job market can present several challenges for job seekers due to various factors. These fields attract a large number of qualified candidates, leading to intense competition for available positions, particularly in popular areas such as research, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. However, this shouldn’t deter you – there are still plenty of opportunities available.
To give yourself the best chance, make sure you keep your skill set up to date – familiarising yourself with the latest technologies and techniques is essential.
You may also think that many job opportunities require prior experience, making it challenging for recent graduates or those seeking to change careers to secure new roles. However, at CK we deal with many entry level positions to help you get your first role in industry.
Not knowing where to look for jobs
There are an abundance of job listings online, however it can be difficult to know where to start with these. If you’re aiming for a widespread job search and want to target multiple companies, you can easily use platforms such as Indeed. However, if you have specific companies in mind that you’d like to apply to, you can simply visit their website and view their careers section.
There are many other platforms available to help you find your next job, such as:
- A specialist recruitment agency such as CK Group
- Job boards such as; Access Science, CV Library, Indeed, New Scientist or Reed
- Company career sites
- Industry specific publications
- Social media sites like LinkedIn or Facebook
This is were using a recruitment agency like CK Group can help, we have access to a wide range of vacancies that we can bring to you.
Staying motivated during a job hunt can be challenging, especially when faced with rejection or a prolonged search. Job hunting can be overwhelming, so it is key to set yourself realistic and clear goals.
This is where building a rapport with a recruiter can help your job search, by having the support of a recruitment consultant it can help you to maintain consistency and prevent burnout. They can assist you in keeping track of your applications, interviews and follow up for feedback.
Lacking confidence while job hunting is a common challenge, but there are strategies you can use to boost your confidence and improve your job search outcomes.
The most effective way to overcome this is to make sure you prepare the best you can. By planning your job search beforehand, you will be in the most productive mindset and remain focused no matter what challenges you face along the way.
Don’t hesitate to seek guidance! Our recruitment consultants can provide valuable advice, help you identify your strengths and offer strategies to boost your confidence.
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Job hunting is a process that requires patience and persistence. Stay adaptable and open to trying different approaches, and remember you don’t have to search for your new job alone.