CY Partner’s top tips for securing your dream role in science

So, you want to be scientist?

If you do, that’s great! However, building a career in science is a challenging endeavour, and you need to be thoroughly prepared. For those looking to pursue scientific careers, there are many daunting challenges and obstacles to overcome.

Don’t despair, we’re on hand to help you and have put together a list of our top tips that will bring you much closer to your dream job in science:

Register with us

Submit your details here and we’ll get straight back to you to find out more about your current situation and what you are looking for. Keep in touch with us regularly, ensuring you keep us up to date on your availability and changes to your circumstances.

Dedicate time to professional development

If you’re looking to embark on a new path as a scientist, continuing your own professional development is a sure-fire strategy for proving to prospective employers that you have the dedication and commitment required to succeed in your chosen field. Be proactive about furthering your development, undergo courses that will enhance your qualifications, skills, and employability. Research what it takes to break into/develop in the career path of your choice and learn everything you can about the industry.

Get in touch to arrange a consultation to discuss how we could help you

To ensure we are well equipped to help you advance your scientific career, we need to understand your requirements and aspirations in depth. We’d also love to get to know you as a person and will take great pride in introducing you to employers of choice and helping you find a fantastic new opportunity with a top business.

Tailor your CV and cover letter to match the opportunities you are seeking

A one size fits all approach does not apply to CV and cover letters. To increase your chances of being invited for interview in a competitive job market, job seekers must be able to tailor their CV and cover letter to match the opportunities and organisations they are targeting.

Be clear about what you are looking for

Our job as recruiters is to achieve the best outcome for you, and transparency is key to success in the job search process. So be as clear as you can about your requirements, goals and circumstances in all communications with ourselves and prospective employers.

Set up a LinkedIn profile

Employers use LinkedIn to search for candidates, so if you are not present on LinkedIn you will not appear in searches. You can use LinkedIn to network with people in your field, lecturers and specialist recruiters, apply for jobs and build your professional brand.

Set goals

Determine what you want to achieve in the next 6 months/year/5 years, ensuring that you set goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely.

Prepare well for interviews

The key to landing your dream role in science? Thorough interview preparation! Being prepared puts you in the driver’s seat, you’ll be ready to fire back with perfectly crafted answers to challenging questions and will impress them by revealing all the many things you’ve learnt about their business. Being prepared will increase your confidence and help you to feel cool, calm and collected. Remember to prepare insightful questions to ask us the hiring manager too.

Seek direction from a mentor who specialises in your chosen field

Attaining your career goals becomes much easier when you have someone to guide you. A mentor can help you set and achieve smart goals, develop the necessary skills required for your desired profession, help you to build a winning CV and put you in touch with vital contacts who can propel you to success.

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If you’re ready to take the next steps in your career evolution, and would like advice and help finding a role and company that will match your principles, please get in touch today.

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