7 online job hunting mistakes

7 of  the most common mistakes when looking for your next pharmaceutical job online

1. Only using big names websites:

The big name online job boards like Monster are not always the best choice for those who are looking a specialized pharmaceutical job. It is far better to use a website that is specific to the pharmaceutical industry, such as Pharmiweb or CK Clinical.

2. Being unprofessional when emailing:

  • Avoid having a weird or crazy email address, keep it professional.
  • Be careful about the content of your email messages.
  • Use short paragraphs.
  • Have an effective subject line – it should contain enough information to catch the recipient’s attention.
  • Add a signature at the bottom of your email.
  • Avoid sending your message to a lot of recipients at the same time – make sure you tailor it each time. No one is a fan of receiving anonymous emails, especially HR managers or recruitment agencies within the pharmaceutical industry.

3. Not being on LinkedIn:

LinkedIn is one of the best tools you can use to help you find that dream job. LinkedIn is a business networking site which was launched in May 2003 with only 300 users. Since then it has seen unprecedented growth with 225 million users in June 2013, in over 200 different countries and territories. It is essentially your chance to showcase your strengths, thus encouraging not only the right people, but also the right opportunities to come to you.

4. Failing to have an electronic version of your CV:

97% of employers expect CV’s to be emailed to them. Not only is this expected but it is also the fastest way to send your CV to an employer.

5. Remove incriminating pictures of you on social networking sites:

After all, pharmaceutical recruiters and employers are more than likely to ‘Google’ you at some stage.

6. Monitor your Twitter account or blog:

Avoid writing anything here that makes you look lazy or dishonest.

7. Applying for the sake of applying:

You’re bound to get rejected if you apply for a pharmaceutical job you’re not really interested in.