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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about the Scientific Recruitment Industry

If you're looking for a job in a specialist market, such as the scientific industry, it can be difficult to know where to start.

An agency is an excellent way to track down the best jobs available, as well as being a place where there's a wider selection of suitable positions to browse through.

However, if you haven't been in the industry long, or have been in the same job for many years, you could be forgiven for being a bit unsure about how the process works.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the scientific recruitment industry.

1) Do you only offer 'white coat' jobs?

There can be a popular misconception that working in the world of science means being buried in a laboratory in a white coat.

Knowing how the industry works is important.

In reality, scientific recruitment agencies handle a wide variety of jobs, including those which may initially seem to fit more closely into a less niche market, such as Project Manager.

But the skills required to work in these positions in the field of science are often much more specialist compared to mainstream roles, and often require technical knowledge and degrees in subjects such as chemistry or engineering.

2) What's the advantage in using a recruitment agency; can't I just find a job myself?

Whilst some individuals are lucky enough to find a job in science that they enjoy without any help the opportunities which open up when a recruitment agency are involved are far more diverse.

Recruitment consultants track down the very best jobs and use many different strategies to ensure they have the best positions, some of which may not be yet advertised on the open market.

Agencies who are experienced will have a range of clients who contact them first about their vacancies, rather than putting out a public advert. This provides the company with the advantage of knowing that all applicants have been vetted first, resulting in a higher standard.

Secondly, agencies don't just sit back and wait for jobs to turn up. Using their many contacts in the field, recruitment consultants will actively telephone and email companies to try and find positions which may be coming up but aren't yet public knowledge.

Getting in early can be a huge advantage and puts you ahead of the chasing pack of applicants; giving you a potentially much greater choice of jobs than if you had been working solo.

3) What if I don't know what I want to do?

Recruitment consultants are highly trained experts who are extremely knowledgeable about the industry in which they place their candidates. With many years’ experience, they are ideally positioned to match the right skills to the right job.

If you are a newly qualified graduate, or simply disillusioned with your current position, a scientific recruitment specialist could help you to identify what it is you really want to do.

By matching your transferable skills and knowledge to the vacancies which come up, you could find you are given entirely different career alternatives that you had never considered before.

Getting advice from recruitment consultants about the types of professional routes you could pursue could open up a whole new career for you.

Social media can help with scientific jobs.

4) Is it true that Facebook could affect my chances of getting a job?

Social media has become a pivotal part of the recruitment industry, offering firms an easy, cheap and accessible method of reaching their followers. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have all become integral parts of a recruitment company's means of communication.

However, although social media has proved to be a real asset, allowing individuals to connect with others, it also has some drawbacks too.

Some potential employers have been known to google the candidates, scrutinising their Facebook pages and LinkedIn profile. It's therefore worth 'cleaning up' your social media profile, making sure there is no information visible which could present a less than professional image.

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