To improve your chances of landing that great science job, you simply need to highlight your real skills and abilities; you definitely don"t need to bend the truth! You can get yourself into real trouble if you make the decision to stretch the truth on your CV, in fact; recently an NHS worker was jailed for doing just that.
Here are a few tips to help you ensure your CV is up to scratch:
- Write your CV with a specific audience in mind.
- Open your CV with a short but sweet profile of yourself. Make sure you honestly highlight your skills and experience in relation to the science job you are applying for.
- Have more than one CV. No science job is the same, so make sure you tailor your CV to each job in science that your apply for.
- Send your CV out with a cover letter. In this letter, clearly flag up for key competencies and experiences, making it obvious to the scientific recruiter or company that you are the best person for the job.
- Keep your CV focused and relevant. Ideally stick to covering your last five years of experience within the scientific industry. If you have gaps in your career history, make sure you explain this without embellishing the truth.
- If you claim to be a team player or a good communicator for example, back it up with a solid example.
- Work lots of keywords into your CV. With so much recruiting done electronically these days by highlighting your job titles, skills, experience and qualifications, this will increase your chances of getting found.
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