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Crafting a Spectacular Life Science Job Application

A career in life sciences can be both rewarding and challenging. With its broad range of applications in areas such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology, the industry offers a diverse array of career opportunities. However, with so many candidates vying for positions, it’s essential to make your job application stand out. In this blog post, we’ll provide some tips on how to make your life science job application spectacular. Tailor your resume and cover letter One of the most important things you can do when applying for a life science job is to tailor your resume and cover letter to the position. This means researching the company and the specific role you are applying for and then highlighting your relevant skills and experiences. Be sure to use keywords from the job description in your resume and cover letter to help your application get past any applicant tracking software that may be used. Highlight your relevant experience Life science jobs require specialized knowledge and experience, so it’s essential to highlight any relevant experience you have. If you’ve worked in a similar industry or have experience in a related field, be sure to emphasize this in your application. Additionally, highlight any technical skills or certifications you have that are relevant to the position. Showcase your passion for the industry Employers want to hire people who are passionate about their work, so it’s important to showcase your enthusiasm for the life sciences industry in your application. This can be done by mentioning any extracurricular activities or volunteer work you’ve done that is related to the field, or by explaining why you are interested in the position in your cover letter. Demonstrate your problem-solving skills Life science jobs often require problem-solving skills, so it’s essential to demonstrate that you have these skills in your application. This can be done by highlighting any projects you’ve worked on where you had to overcome challenges or by mentioning any awards or recognition you’ve received for problem-solving. Provide examples of your teamwork abilities Collaboration is essential in the life sciences industry, so it’s important to provide examples of your teamwork abilities in your application. This can be done by highlighting any group projects you’ve worked on or by mentioning any leadership roles you’ve held that required teamwork. Follow up after submitting your application After submitting your application, it’s a good idea to follow up with the employer to demonstrate your interest in the position. You can do this by sending a polite email to the hiring manager to thank them for considering your application and to express your enthusiasm for the position. In addition to the tips mentioned above, it’s crucial to be authentic and true to yourself in your life science job application. Employers are looking for candidates who not only have the necessary qualifications and experience but also fit in with the company culture and values. Be honest about your strengths and weaknesses, and show how they align with the job requirements. At ClinLab, the leading life science staffing and recruiting agency, we are committed to connecting skilled professionals with the right opportunities to help them achieve their career goals. We work with a wide range of life science companies, from start-ups to large pharmaceutical companies, to provide our candidates with access to a broad range of job opportunities. See the most recent job list here.

6 Steps to An Effective Life Science Hiring Strategy

It can be challenging to predict staffing needs in the life science industry, as it will depend on various factors such as the specific needs of your organization, the availability of qualified candidates, the overall demand for your products or services and market trends. Here are a few steps you can take to plan your staffing needs in the biotechnology & life sciences fields: Assess your current staffing needs: Determine which positions need to be filled and the specific skills and qualifications required for each role. Anticipate future needs: Look at trends in your industry and consider how your organization may change in the future. This will help you identify potential areas where you may need additional staff in the future. Determine your budget: Establish a budget for hiring new employees and determine how many staff members you can afford to hire. Use data to inform your decisions: Gather data on the availability of qualified candidates in your area and consider factors such as the unemployment rate, salary expectations, and the number of job openings in your field. Plan your recruitment strategy: Think about how you will attract and retain top talent, including job postings, employee referral programs, and third party partners that can simplify the process. Industry trends: Keeping track of industry trends and developments can help inform staffing decisions, as certain skills or technologies may become more in demand. Remember to also be flexible and adapt to changing needs as they arise. It may also be helpful to regularly review your staffing levels and make adjustments as necessary. As always, a ClinLab Account Manager can help you plan, budget and scale your life science staffing needs, no matter what the requirement. Planning staffing needs in the life-sciences and biotech field can be a complex task, as it involves forecasting the demand for specific skills and expertise, as well as the availability of qualified candidates.  Overall, effective staffing planning involves a combination of forecasting and strategy, and may involve collaboration with other departments and stakeholders within the organization as well as outside expertise. ClinLab’s decades of extensive experience in the field can help you plan, time, and budget-adjust your 2023 life science staffing goals. We can help you make your strategy strong an effective. In a constantly changing market, we help companies adapt.

When Is It Time To Hire Temporary Life Science Staff?

Contact. Us In the Life Sciences space, there is no denying the upsides of committed, long-term employees, but many companies can also benefit from short-term employees as well. Temporary life science staff can be an excellent choice in a number of situations. So exactly when is hiring a short-term employee in a company’s best interest? Here are 5 situations where temporary staff can make a lot of sense.     1. Get Extra Lab & Office Hands Get an extra set of hands when you need them: businesses often have natural ebbs and flows, and temps can be a great way to supplement your staff during peak times. For example, if you’re in a research cycle, you might need additional lab staff, but preparing for clinical trial may require different employee strengths. Short term, expert staffing can help.   2. Test New Roles Test out new positions before making them permanent: sometimes it’s hard to know if a new position is truly necessary—or if it will even work within your company culture—until it’s actually up and running. In these cases, hiring a temp allows you to “try before you buy” by giving someone else a chance to prove that the role is valuable (and worth making permanent). And if it turns out that the position isn’t quite what you were hoping for? No problem! You can simply let the temp go at the end of their assignment without any hard feelings (or having wasted time and money onboarding / training for a role that wasn’t ultimately needed).   3. Get Help & Expertise Fast If you’re in need of a quick hire, working with a staffing agency can be a great way to save time and energy. While there is an up-front cost associated with using an agency, they will handle all the screening, interviewing, and relationship management for you. This can help expedite the hiring process and free up your HR team to focus on other tasks. Additionally, temps are often eager to prove themselves in hopes of being offered a permanent role down the road. So not only can you take your time in making sure they’re the right fit for your team, but they’ll also likely go above and beyond while they’re with you.   4. Give Your Life Science Team Fresh Perspectives Clients often come to us looking for ways to access new skills and perspectives. While it may seem counterintuitive, temp employees can actually offer a lot of value to both your internal team and your clients. Temp employees can help inspire managers, long-term employees, and clients with their fresh ideas and perspective.   5. We Handle HR & Benefits You can save in the short-term by not having to offer company benefits, workers compensation, or health insurance—ClinLab takes care of all that for our temporary staff members.   If you’re considering hiring temp employees, examine the landscape of your business. Being aware of the benefits, as well as the potential growing pains is a crucial part of the process. ClinLab Staffing can work closely with your management team, permanent employees and HR department to come up with the right plan for success.

2022: A Great Time to Map Your Dream Career

The US could reach full employment in 2022. With a market full of opportunities, there is no better time to focus on mapping out your dream job and career path.It sounds straightforward but mapping a plan can help narrow your focus and yield unexpected benefits. Try our six career mapping steps to get started along with some tools we like. 1. Give yourself time to think Spend some time thinking about who you want to be in 5, 10 or even 20 years. Consider what you love, where you want to live, how much personal time you hope for and what kind of income you’d need to make that lifestyle possible. COVID has changed the job marketplace so if you can dream it up, your job is probably out there somewhere in an office, work from home or hybrid situation. 2. Personal SWOT your Strengths and Weaknesses A personal SWOT analysis to understand your strengths and weaknesses, and the opportunities and threats you face, so you can plan for career success. Once you’ve found some positions of interest, determine if your skill set is a good match. A great place to start is with a personal SWOT analysis. You can download the Personal SWOT Analysis Worksheet PDF here ( Once you’ve identified your skills, check compatibility for the path you are researching. Make a plan to reinforce your skills as needed. 3. Mind Map or Vision Board Ideas If you are like most people, creating a visual of your ideas can really help. Try using a free mind mapping software like EdrawMind (they have a free career mapping template here or check out LifeHacker’s “Build Your Career Master Plan with a Mind Map.” Do you hate working with online tools?  Creating a physical vision board is a great way to remind yourself of what you are aspiring to. Check out People At Heart Coaching’s tutorial on making a vision board. 4. Research Positions Once you’ve come up with some ideas, check the market to learn about what positions are in demand, pay rates, time investment, education and market trajectory. You don’t want to get into a role that will be extinct in 2 years. A trusted resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook maintained by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: 5. Network A wonderful way to learn more about opportunities and the lifestyle of different professions is to reach out to people doing the job today, talk to hiring mangers or specialty recruiters. Connecting with people to learn more about jobs is one of the best ways to really understand a role with the added benefit that you are build connections and networking with people that can set help you later. A simple strategy to find people to network with is to scan your LinkedIn accounts for people you know, but don’t forget to tap your alumni associations, speak to recruiters or ask friends if they can introduce you to people who can help.   6. Try, Try, Try It Out There are several great ways to step in and learn about a job up close. If you have solid basic skills, you can shadow someone in a job or apply for an internship. Alternatively you can work with a company like ClinLab Staffing to try different short term contract roles. No matter what you choose, make the most of the unusual work climate that is unfolding. If you have the skills, the desire and a plan you can make big things happen in 2022 and ClinLab is here to help if you are looking for a new role within the Biotech, Medical Device and Pharmaceutical industries.

5 Science Podcasts for Scientists

5 Science Podcasts for Scientists and Science Lovers   Recently we were chatting and put together a brief list of some of our favorite, must-listen life science podcasts. Podcasts are a great way to keep up with the rapid changes in the scientific community and life science space.   Podcasts are not just for entertainment, they can also help your career. They can keep you on top of what’s happening in your space, learn the players maybe even inspire your own inner scientific genius.   Have you got a favorite science podcast? Please share with us – we are looking to grow our list – especially as our commutes are starting to to get longer again!     Our 5 Favorite Science Podcasts Right Now      🎙️ Naked Scientists, In Short Special Editions Podcast Probing the weird, wacky and spectacular, the Naked Scientists Special Editions are special one-off scientific reports, investigations and interviews on cutting-edge topics by the Naked Scientists team.   🎙️ The Life Scientific Host Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading (living) scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires and motivates them and asking what their discoveries might do for humanity.   🎙️ Nature The Nature Podcast brings you the best stories from the world of science each week. They cover everything from astronomy to zoology, highlighting the most exciting research from each issue of Nature journal. Meet the scientists behind the results and provide in-depth analysis from Nature’s journalists and editors.   🎙️ 60-Second Science Scientific American’s weekly rapid reports from the world of science—it’s quick and fascinating.   🎙️ Science Friday Podcasts Covering the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies, Science Friday is the trusted source for news about science, technology, and other cool stuff. Host Ira Flatow mixes it up by featuring people in the know and those who want to be. Science Friday frequently features listeners that call in with their most riveting science questions   🎙️ Hidden Brain Hidden Brain Podcast Hidden Brain explores the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior and questions that lie at the heart of our complex and changing...

Is 2021 the year to quit your life sciences job?

At the end of 2019, we surveyed a group of Life Science Professionals and found that 40% of respondents said they’d be looking for a new job that year. Once COVID-19 hit, the world (and people’s willingness to take a gamble) took a sharp 180. The country went remote, nothing was guaranteed, and Biotech and Life Science companies expanded faster than ever as they raced to fill spots on their teams in order to balance their current workloads along with the testing and research needs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of 2020, we surveyed another group of Life Science Professionals and found that only 25% of respondents said they’d be looking for a new job in 2021, and there could be multiple reasons why. Firstly, instability naturally encourages people to search for, and hold onto, stability. In a time of great uncertainty, with groups of people involuntarily getting furloughed or being laid off, people in the life sciences industry were given a multitude of options in the workplace as companies were hiring as many hands as they could. Secondly, the current market compensation is healthy with most companies being on the same playing field in the hopes of reducing turnover. With the industry leveling out and companies working hard to keep their staff happy while producing quality work, there isn’t much grass that looks greener on the other side. Companies worked so hard to fill the gaps left by the quick pivot to COVID-19 vaccine research and development that they’d be remiss to not do everything in their power to prevent that from happening again. Finally, most people may simply be waiting to see how 2021 turns out. This year is young and there are no guarantees. If, however, you have decided to make the jump into a new job this year, you’ll have options and we have tips for you. Many biotech and life science companies have continued to hire throughout the start of the new year and plan on continuing to do so. COVID-19 vaccine (and the research, development, and innovation that came with it) aside, the life sciences industry continued to grow throughout the pandemic and where there’s growth, there are jobs. Now, for the tips! Tip #1 – Be sure to do your research into the policies of any potential employers before you start the interview process. With the advancement of work from home capabilities, many companies have created their own systems in regards to in-person and virtual office time. Tip #2 –  Be flexible! Ask the questions you need, but consider all of the options you’re given as your timing could be perfect when you least expect it! Tip #3 – Research your company in advance but also check the news the day before and day of your interview – things change fast! Today’s darling drug trial can be tomorrow’s hot mess – but it may be a mess you know how to solve! Good Luck! Looking for your next life science job? Check out our listings or submit your resume here.   Regions we serve: Boston/Cambridge, MA New York / New Jersey Greater Philadelphia Raleigh-Durham, NC (includes Research Triangle Park, NC) BioHealth Capital Region (Maryland / Virginia / Washington, D.C.)