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Focus Your Job Search

Posted on: 26 Nov 14


Focus Your Job Search

Looking at the statistics behind PharmiWeb, I'm sometimes surprised by the broad range of jobs that some candidates apply for. I don't just mean the number of jobs, but the range of job titles, seniority level & locations. To me, this is the scatter-gun approach to job hunting. One that is unlikely to lead to a great response, or get you the perfect job.

A much better strategy is to create a check list of job requirements. You'd probably do this is you were buying a new television; so why not do it for your job hunting! Include Job Title(s), location, salary, benefits, culture etc. all the things that would make for the perfect job. Next, check the job boards and Google for similar jobs and see what skills and qualifications they typically require. If you don't have them, you either need to re-think your target job(s) or go about obtaining the right skills or qualifications to fill the gaps.

Assuming your skills and qualifications are a close match, your CV needs to highlight these and present them in the best light. So read through it carefully and amend accordingly. Put yourself in the shoes of a recruiter; they usually have a checklist of skills needed for the role (even if it’s not on the job advert), and your aim is to tick those boxes.

Doing this will take a bit of time and research, and will probably mean that you'll apply for less jobs; but it's likely to mean your job applications are focused rather than scatter gun, and will be more fruitful as a result.

Mike Wood - Pharmiweb editor

Last updated on: 26/11/2014 09:24:26

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