April 25, 2017
Whether you are looking for your first job, a change in career or just wanting to move up the career ladder, there is an art to creating a successful job application. One might think that this subject has been overdone with so many recruitment agencies, specialist career advisors and websites dedicated to advice, but although the advice may be available, not everybody choses to use it or can find it.
Oncimmune is currently recruiting for a Scientific Officer Position. With this in mind and because over the years Oncimmune have successfully recruited many talented individuals, we wanted to share some thoughts on applying for jobs, with a focus on the science industry.
So, where to start? The first step is to find that job advertisement. Comb through recruitment sites (www.jobs.ac.uk, https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/, Cancer Research etc), look through the national and local press and scientific journals, specific company websites or reach out to contacts.
Once you have found some relevant jobs, don’t apply via a ‘shotgun method’ but pick out which to apply for and then keep a record of when you applied as well as when you should expect a response. In addition, make a copy of the job description as it will be removed from the website once the application period closes, and if you do get an interview you will need to look through these details again in order to prepare.
If you are applying via a jobs website, only apply once. It is time consuming and wasteful to expect the recruiter to weed out secondary or tertiary applications.
Always follow the instructions and submit the required information.
What are the fundamentals?
Covering letters are a way of introducing yourself, they should be there to support your CV and are a useful tool to explain why you are the best fit for the job. A CV on its own can only tell so much about a candidate whereas a good covering letter should be able to fill any gaps and make you sound like the ideal employee.
If references are asked for, always include them. Check with referees prior to inclusion and always include the most recent employer and the most relevant to the job. You can always supply more referees than requested if you feel it is appropriate (to cover employment, academic and scientific areas).
Most importantly, spell check and proof read your application. If you state that you have a good eye for detail but have glaring errors on your CV, the evidence speaks for itself.
Oncimmune is currently hiring but the closing date is soon. For more details on this position and for future vacancies, please keep an eye on Oncimmune’s career page on our website.
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