Job hunting in the life sciences and biotech industry can be challenging. You see an online ad for the perfect job role and apply immediately, and days later, you may not hear anything back.

You may start to question yourself. With each lack of response, your confidence is affected. The fact is, several people have been in the same spot as you, struggling with the disappointments of a rejected job application.

There are reasons why your job search isn’t productive as you might’ve envisioned. We’ll explore them below.


You’re Not the Best Candidate, Yet


It’s a hard pill to swallow. No one likes to hear this, especially in this manner. Your job search isn’t going well because there may be someone more qualified than you for the role.

Chances are the recruiting officer, after reviewing several applications, has identified a more experienced candidate than you.

The best response here is to build your competency. Enroll in professional courses and develop more connections. This is bound to make your resume robust and rich—a key ingredient in landing your dream job.


Your Resume is Too Generic


After submitting several job ads to meet roadblocks, it is often tempting to repeatedly mail the same document. And that’s where the problem lies.

When your resume is generic, the hiring manager or Applicant Tracking System (ATS) will flag it and quickly discard it. Also, if you’re too excited about the job, you may end up submitting a resume loaded with several errors.

Take your time to review your resume critically. Highlight the critical points your recruiter is looking for inside the resume before submitting it. You stand a better chance of getting an interview that way.


Your Cover Letter Isn’t Impressive


You may be getting overlooked because your cover letter is looking the same as others.

Most cover letters often feature the following buzzwords: motivated, dependable, hardworking, team-player. Going through your cover letter, an HR manager or ATS may see it as repetitive and will flag it aside with a folder of similar letters.

Take a moment to examine your cover letter and make it more unique by talking about your past experiences. Make sure to explain how your skill set will bring value to the company.

This detail distinguishes your application letter from hundreds of others.


Your LinkedIn Profile Isn’t Optimized


After submitting your resume and cover letter, the hiring manager may take it a step further as part of the recruitment process to check out your LinkedIn profile. This has led to several persons snubbed or receiving rejection emails.

Your LinkedIn profile isn’t just another social media page. It is part of your professional currency. It would be best if you kept it updated. This update includes uploading professional headshots and connecting with relevant personalities in the life sciences industry.

Doing so will increase your chances of approval.

Approach job hunting differently with these helpful tips, and you’ll land your dream job sooner.


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