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Online Job Hunting Blunders

If you are looking for your next science job online, take our advice and avoid some common pitfalls.
  • Don't just use big name websites: The big name online job boards like Monster are not always the best choice for those who are looking for a specialized science job. It is far better to use a website that is specific to the scientific industry, such as CK Science.
  • Don't be unprofessional when emailing:
    • Avoid having a weird or crazy email address, keep it professional.
    • Be careful about the content of your email messages.
      • Use short paragraphs.
      • Have an effective subject line − it should contain enough information to catch the recipient's attention.
      • Add a signature at the bottom of your email.
      • Avoid sending your message to a large number of recipients at the same time − make sure you tailor it each time.
    • Don't fire off your CV to everyone.
      • No-one is a fan of receiving anonymous emails, especially HR managers or recruitment agencies within the scientific industry.
      • Not being on Linkedin: LinkedIn is one of the best tools you can use to help you find that dream science job. LinkedIn is a business networking site which was launched in May 2003 with only 300 users. Since then it has seen unprecedented growth with 50,000,000 users in October 2009, and 1,400 new users each day. It is essentially your chance to showcase your strengths, thus encouraging not only the right people, but also the right opportunities to come to you. For tips to help you create a great Linkedin profile, please click here.
      • Failing to have an electronic version of your CV: This could be seriously detrimental to your job search, so make sure your electronic version is up to date at all times.
      • Don't have incriminating pictures of yourself on social networking sites: Scientific recruiters and employers are more than likely to 'Google' you at some stage so it's time to tidy up anything you'd rather they didn't see. For more tips to help you use social media to get your next job in science, please click here.
      • Monitor your Twitter account or blog: Avoid writing anything here that makes you look lazy or dishonest.
      • Don't apply just for the sake of applying: You're bound to get rejected if you apply for a science job you're not really interested in.

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