As a recruiter, I’ve seen it all when it comes to resumés, including the good, the bad, and the ugly. We’ve all done it. We’ve created a standard resumé template that we think is versatile, and changed a few words here and there to coincide with the position we want. But if you really want that job in the clinical research industry, doing this will usually get your candidacy thrown out in the first five minutes. This arena seeks detailed, qualified individuals and to get yourself noticed, you’re going to have to make sure your resumé reflects that. There are a few tips of the trade to go about this, which will ensure success because this is not your everyday resumé…
1. Eliminate the objective completely. Not only is it completely useless, it’s not practical. The hiring managers for these positions are only concerned with relevancy. This brings me to the skills portion.
2. Take a red pen to all the fluff in your resumé! Not everything you’ve done in your career history is relevant to the position you’re applying for, and unless it is, a hiring manager will skim right through it. Keep it focused, and be realistic about what you want to do and what you think you can do.
3. Furthermore, and this is vital, don’t create a five-page resumé when you only need three. Hiring managers know the difference of someone with relevant skills to the position and someone who’s trying to BS their way into one. After three years work experience, your volunteer job at Boston Children’s Hospital in college isn’t quite as important.
4. It’s also important to stay current. Try to update your skills and experience every six months. Job responsibilities can change frequently, and you have to change with them.
5. Lastly, remember that you have to be honest. Not only will most companies do background checks, but this is truly a “small industry”. Someone knows someone who has worked with you before! The first thing most hiring managers will do is check their network to see if there is a connection to someone they know. So always remember to include the truth, and nothing but the truth!
There you have it. Follow these rules for a stand out resumé that’ll get hiring managers in the clinical research industry to notice you, and be one step closer to the clinical career of your dreams!