Top 5 job search tips

    Looking for a job can be a full-time job in itself, but with these top five tips for efficient and effective job searching, you won’t miss out on the best pharma industry roles.

    1. Network

    The idea of ‘networking’ might make you cringe, but people talk and someone you know may know about the perfect job for you, that hasn’t yet been advertised. Many people actually end up finding and getting the pick of the roles by talking to friends, calling on contacts, and reconnecting with former colleagues and their networks.

    If you’ve completed any internships, work experience or relevant job roles whilst studying, re-establish contact with your line manager or colleagues and ask about any opportunities.

    2. The Law of Attraction

    You can spend hours searching for jobs online, but have you thought about getting them to come to you? Post your CV online and send it out to recruiters, who will do the work for you. This way you will be more visible in the jobs market and companies will know that you’re actively looking.

    PharmaJobs.co.uk enables you to upload your CV and browse relevant jobs.

    3On target

    Don’t just look for any job that suits your skills and experience. Research the companies that you really want to work for; look at their history, their areas of focus, their projects, their pipeline, their company culture, and most importantly, find out what they’re like to work for from people who work there. Target those companies and hone your CV to match the sort of people they’re looking for.

    4Hide and seek

    Lots of jobs can be found before they’re advertised. If you’re already working at a company you like, keep your ear to the ground for news of internal vacancies and make your interest known before they’re made public.

    If you’re looking for your first job as a graduate, remember the advice about networking; ask around, re-establish old connections and make it known that you’re looking; someone may just come up trumps with a job that’s not been advertised yet.

    5Keep smiling

    Searching for a job can be tough and everyone experiences rejection at some point in their lives. However, use setbacks to your advantage by learning from your mistakes and don’t be disheartened if you don’t get a response from an application or two.
    Keep positive and see the process as a journey to getting the job that
    is right for you.


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