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Understanding the Biotech Industry Can Enhance Your Resume

William Frierson AvatarWilliam Frierson
November 25, 2011

Whether you’re just getting your start in the biotech industry or have been in it for years, writing a resume for a new position can sometimes be challenging. It’s often difficult to know which past experience, skills, and accomplishments to include that will make you more appealing as a candidate than your competition.

One benefit that you have when applying for work is a deep understanding of your industry. By showcasing your wealth of knowledge and wisdom in the field you love, you’re likely to get that leg up when seeking your next biotech position. How can you do it? Here are some tips to consider:

Become Ingrained in Your Industry

The biotech industry is indeed an intriguing one. There are a lot of new graduates eager to enter their respective fields within this unique and exciting industry. The only problem is that they—like many people in mid-career within the industry—don’t know how to express their wealth of knowledge and true passion for biotechnology.

Experts in the industry have long expressed the importance of appreciating the challenges faced by biotech companies. Understanding challenges in research and development as well as risk management, working with resources, and even marketing and licensing can help an applicant find the weak spots that need to be addressed when writing his or her resume.

Of course, this means that you’ll need to not only research issues faced by the industry as a whole, but also within each company at which you apply. Becoming ingrained in the industry is a surefire way to make sure you are able to include the right skills and accomplishments in your job target, career summary, and throughout the entire resume in order to catch the eye of a hiring manager.

Utilize Keywords

In addition to researching each company and the biotech industry to enhance your resume, it’s also a great idea to incorporate specific biotech-related keywords.

The keywords you incorporate could be words used in relation to the biotech industry—or the specific position for which you’re applying. Also, they could be phrases used in the industry that could help to showcase your knowledge of the field.

Some keywords (and phrases) you might consider including would be: clinical grade, independent projects, protein, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, research and development, and ISO standards—among many others. Be sure to thoroughly review the job posting for additional words and phrases that could enrich your resume even more.

As with any job you want in a chosen field, the more you tailor your resume to a position, company, and industry, the more likely a hiring manager will be convinced that you are right for the job. So take time to dive into the biotech industry before writing your next resume.

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