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Could anyone give me advice to aid my job hunting?

Asked by ModernEpicurian (1630 points ) January 21st, 2011

I live in the UK and I have been job hunting for a while now, but to no avail.

I have a dual honours degree in Biology and Biochemistry, however I have had very few offers on that front as the Government is removing funding from the research sector.

Because of this I’ve been forced to search for roles that incorporate my experience in management that I gathered in retail.

I’m very confident in my abilities, confident with the public and in my computer skills.

To be quite honest, I would like some ideas more than anything;

What areas should I consider?
What should I put on my CV to help me to get a position?
What would you look for in a potential employees CV?
Are you aware of anywhere that I should apply?

All help is greatly appreciated!

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6 Answers

963chris's avatar

Try the standard prevalent jobsites: monster, careerbuilder, etc. I would also consider becoming part of the LinkedIn community – it’s a business-centric social media network that has proven to pave the path to many leads + opportunities. They also have a job board or the equivalent.

marinelife's avatar

What about pharmaceutical companies?

Almost any kind of management. Particularly an environmental engineering firm (where your biochemistry might come in handy).

aprilsimnel's avatar

You need to tell everyone you know you’re looking for work, and write out what you’re looking to do in a couple of sentences, something easily understandable; an elevator pitch, as if you only had enough time to talk about it during an elevator ride (also because most people tune out after a couple of sentences anyway, sad but true).

Make sure you frame this pitch in terms of “what I have to offer” as opposed to “I need”.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Have you thought of having a professional CV writer look at your present CV? Or if you just recently graduated, many universities offer help in writing a CV for free.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

http://www.jobsite.co.uk/ seems like a good site to use for searching for jobs in your fields. It also offers assistance in preparing your CV.

And just a word of advice from an elder…it doesn’t necessarily hurt to take a job that comes your way. Not only does it bring in some money, but it provides experience on what you like to do and what you don’t. My niece just did a stint teaching Latin while waiting for the elusive biology-related field job come her way. While it wasn’t her cup of tea, there were some valuable skills and life lessons she picked up.

The best of luck to you! Keep us posted on what happens.

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