This week we were pleased to be part of an event at Manchester Metropolitan University where students had many questions for us and some came up quite frequently. If you’re graduating in 2017 the answers to these may help you with your plans.
What do employers look for on a CV?
Mainly skills, specifically laboratory skills that you would be happy to utilise in your future role. We also look at projects and longer periods of study such as a dissertation as evidence of strong repetitive lab skills that you could use in industry.
Where are the companies that I could work for?
There are many lists of companies compiled by groups either to promote an industry or promote a region. These tend to be free to access, examples are directories such as Pharmafile, Bionow or Chemicals Northwest. Should these not be freely available you can simply google map ‘pharmaceutical companies in **location** and this will bring up others. Finally the UKAS website lists all UKAS accredited labs (which in some industries is all of them) and has a geographic search tool. With a little bit of online digging information on who is out there is quite available.
How do I get noticed?
The obvious answer was a well produced CV and if you did not pick up a copy of our CV writing guide we can post or email one to you email email@example.com to request this. The right CV will always get noticed, email can be a crowded medium to communicate through, consider posting the CV should you know the person you are keen to have reading it.
When should I start looking?
You can start to look from now, however in all likelihood interviews and offers will take place from April time. The benefit of starting the search early is more to begin to get familiar with the market and kind of jobs out there so your searches become more targeted. Do register on our website www.licasci.com we email new jobs out every Wednesday that are relevant to your field and this could be a good email to start reading as you get closer to the exams.
The above does take a lot of time that not all people have, and is best done in conjunction with working with us at LiCa Scientific to drive engagement with the clients we support.