It is becoming increasingly difficult to get the attention of employers because of the volume of applications that are often received for each job. This is why, now more than ever, it is important to stand out from the competition. Using effective buzzwords in your application is one proven way to do this.
How can you make sure your CV is not missed?
There are many common but generally desired buzzwords and phrases that clinical employers look for in CVs and cover letters. You could include keywords such as:
- Taking initiative
- Coping with change
It is highly worthwhile including these in your application, however it is important to be aware that most employers also look for buzzwords that directly match the job description and showcase specific competencies, techniques and experience.
For example, clinical quality assurance job descriptions might mention standards such as GCP, PV, CS or GLP. Alternatively, a regulatory affairs role might require experience with CTA/MAA or knowledge of regulatory strategy, labelling and artwork. Or, if you are applying for medical affairs roles, you may need to know about advisory boards, KOLs or ABPI.
Recruiters frequently utilise job boards to search for suitable candidates and use keywords in order to seek out those with the right experience and knowledge. If your application includes the desired buzzwords, you are more likely to be found and accepted for roles.
Take time to read through each job description, and match your CV and cover letter accordingly.
Make it easy for the recruiter
If you have experience with any of the skills, techniques or standards listed in the job advertisement, ensure that they are clearly highlighted on your CV and cover letter. Visibly demonstrate the specific competencies you have gained from work experience, or if you have been at university, showcase the projects and presentations you have been involved in that have benefitted your abilities.
It is important to remember that recruiters only have access to the information in front of them, so it is essential to be clear and concise. Make your CV stand out by making it clear that you have all of the necessary skills, knowledge and experience that the role requires.