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How to: get the most out of job searching on

Finding your Ideal Pharmaceutical Job Posted on: 19 Sep 08


If you are new to using in your job searching, you'll soon realise that we have thousands of jobs listed and that they change every day. This means you may initially find the task a bit daunting.
However, its not really that hard, and with a bit of thought, you'll soon be asking why you didn't do it years ago.
1. What are you looking for : Firstly, it may sound silly, but I'm going to assume you know what you are looking for! OK, maybe thats not so silly, but think about the job title that you want. For example, Sales Manager, or Clinical Research Associate. Also consider the location(s) that you are interested in. You are going to enter this into the our search engine so. I would initally start with purely free text searching; for example enter "Sales Manager Oncology, London." (incidently, I just tried it and there are 12 listed :-)
2. Your CV : You will also need a good CV. There are plenty of CV books available and lots of companies online who offer a CV service.
There are some good CV tips here too
Dont forget to get someone else to review your CV. Its amazing how many time you can read your own writing, and not see the same mistake that someone else will see immediately.
3. Covering letter : When you apply for a job (however you do it) you need a covering letter, and a good one can make the difference between your CV being looked at or not. Again, there are numerous sites and books out there, but I suggest looking here first.
Again, read, re-read and get someone else to read your covering letter!
4. Start your Search : Once you have your CV and covering letter honed to perfection, then you can start your search.
Start your job search here: as this gives you a page where you can initially change your location in the world. If you are looking for a global role (or you want to see what is available from a specific company eg Roche) then use the "World option", otherwise select the region of your choice.
5. Search for Jobs: You will then be presented with the search screen. As an initial search I always recommend using just the free test search. You will however need to select a local region (Select ALL if you are not sure) and a sort order too. This will give you an in initial search result, and from this you can determine if you need to refine it further. If you want to see more detailed summaries of each role, you can use the "Summary: Show or Hide" option at the top of the results. You can also change the order of the results on the page.
6. Refine your Results: If you get too many results, you can use the bar on the right hand side of the screen to make your refinements.
7. View The Jobs: Too find out more about any role that looks good, click on the "More details" link, and you will get the page that gives full information about this role. You can step through each page in you results using the "Next Job" or "Previous Job" options.
8. Save Your Search : If you think the search results are great, and that you want to be notified of new matching jobs automatically each day, simply add your email address to the "email me jobs like this every day" box in the top right hand corner. This will send you an email (within which you will click a link to confirm your request). We then automatically do a search and email you details of any new jobs that match your search. You can store as many searches as you like.
9. Apply Now : If you see the job of your dreams and you are appropriately qualified, click on the "Click here to appply" button.
10. Next you will be taken through the simple application process. All you have to do is add your CV and your "covering letter" and go.
11. If you create a MyPharmiWeb profile, next time you will be able to re-use your CV.

The jobs constantly change, so its worth checking back regularly.

Mike Wood

Last updated on: 27/08/2010 11:40:18

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