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How to get your CV noticed by scientific employers

by Andrew Fennell at StandOut CV

When it comes to applying for scientific roles, a standard CV probably won’t cut it.

Employers will be looking for detailed evidence that you are the best person for the position. With this in mind, your CV needs to be comprehensive; giving recruiters a detailed and persuasive account of your qualifications, skills and experience that make you the perfect fit for their organisation.

Fortunately, there are several ways that you can enhance your CV so that employers sit up and take notice of your application.

Use well structured sections

For comprehensive scientific CVs, there is a lot of information to fit in which can mean that the structure falls by the wayside. However, hiring managers will be looking for well-structured CVs that are easy to read. You need to make sure that the information that recruiters are looking for is easy to find.

Make sure to structure your CV, so it is easy to follow; start with your contact details and personal profile and then go onto your experience, notable research, education history and any scientific publications.

Do your homework

A successful CV that will grab the attention of employers will perfectly align with the types of roles you are applying for. This means researching the job specifications carefully to ensure your CV fulfils their requirements.

After checking each job specification, you may notice some employers will favour specific achievements over others. Make sure to highlight the more relevant achievements and ensure they have pride of place on your CV. Remember, different employers will favour different results, so adjust your CV accordingly.

Quantify accomplishments

When hiring managers read CVs, they are looking for the proof they need that you can do the job. An excellent way to do this is by quantifying your results using facts, metrics and figures. Using numbers makes it easier for recruiters to visualise your performance in work.

For example, saying; ”I edit between 20-30 scientific papers a week and write 5 research papers a year” gives more information than; “I write and edit research papers”.

Wow with a personal statement

Situated at the top of your CV, a personal statement can make a fantastic sales pitch that reels hiring managers in. Your technical CV is likely to be lengthy, so your profile is the short, sharp impact that makes employers want to read more.

Your personal statement should highlight your skills and expertise, specialisms as well as notable awards and achievements. It should emphasies the most in-demand aspects of your experience in a o concise paragraph of around 5-10 lines. Every line you add to your profile should make the reader compelled to read on. If it doesn’t, it’s not worth space in your profile.

Follow up

While your CV may be fantastic, you may not hear back from the recruiter. However, you can show your interest to make sure your CV gets back to the top of their pile with a follow-up call. Alternatively, if your CV is unsuccessful, ask for feedback.

Feedback offers two benefits. Firstly, you can have the information you need to improve your CV. Secondly, you make yet another interaction with the recruiter, which can help you to stick in the mind of the employer. This means when another position at the organisation comes up, the employer will already be familiar with you and will see your improved CV too.

Andrew Fennell is the founder of CV writing advice website StandOut CV – he is a former recruitment consultant and contributes careers advice to websites like Business Insider, The Guardian and FastCompany.

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