CV writing tips for scientific jobs

CV writing tips for jobseekers in the scientific industries

A great CV is the key to getting the perfect scientific job for you.

Both employers and recruiters within the science industries can receive 100’s of CV’s for every vacancy they advertise. Time can be tight for science industry professionals, so it is important that your CV stands out from the rest. You should use your CV to showcase your strengths and to sell your background to the reader, demonstrating that you are the right person for that particular job.

As a jobseeker in the science industries, you may find these guidelines helpful if you are wondering how to structure you CV and what to include in it:

Contact details:

Make certain that your contact details are easy to spot. They should be at the top of the first page of your CV. Include:

  • Name
  • Home address
  • Email address
  • (Mobile) Telephone number

Education:

List your education in reverse order, listing your most recent qualification first and including the the name of the name of the establishment you attended, course title and your marks – although the mark is not explicitly necessary. Add your dissertation title and any lab experience you may have.

Employment:

With your employment history list what you have done in reverse order (most recent first). Be sure to include

  • Name of employer
  • Dates of employment
  • Job title

 Briefly outline any responsibilities of relevant jobs only

* Make sure you include any volunteer or industry specific working experience you have gained in this area.

Additional Information: Bullet point any other skills – languages, computer skills, published papers etc.

Hobbies/Interests: Employers in the industry will be particularly interested in activities you enjoy outside of work.  Do not over embellish this section, be succinct! A single line is all that is necessary per interest.

References:

It is best practice to give two employment references with one being from your recent employer . Include address, telephone number and email address.

Availability:

It is a good idea to mention the notice period required by your current employer.

Further Tips

It is important that you are proud of your CV. After all, if it is effective, it is going to open doors in industry for you. Below are some more handy hints to help improve your chances of getting a great job:

  • Tailor your CV to the vacancy: Read the advert or job specification closely and tailor your CV to the vacancy. If your experience matches any key skills specified in the job advert, make sure they feature prominently on your CV and or covering letter. Make it very obvious to the reader what you have done, when you did it and where, in a simple and concise manner.
  • Less is more: Ensure your CV is easy on the eye and that it is a maximum of two A4 sides long. There should be plenty of open space in your CV. By using bullet points and good formatting to ensure that your CV is not too wordy.
  • Do not repeat yourself: If you repeat yourself in your CV, it will look like you are padding it out or that you have nothing much to say.
  • Do not make silly spelling mistakes: Either have a friend you trust or your CK  Consultant to check it over for you.

Once you are happy that your CV is ready, its time to start your scientific job hunt – click here to read our how to plan your job search article