How to write a CV for pharmaceutical jobs

It is true to say that recruiters and employers can receive 100’s of CV’s for every vacancy they advertise. This means that they have limited time to review each CV,  so how can you make sure that your CV stands out from the rest?

To impress the employer/recruiter you should tailor your CV to each job and showcase your strengths in order to sell your skills to the reader, demonstrating that you are the right person for that particular job. Here are some guidelines that you will find helpful if you are wondering how to structure you CV and what to include in it:

Contact details:

Make certain that your contact details are easy to spot. They should be at the top of the first page of your CV.


Home address
Email address
Telephone number

Detail the educational establishments at which you have studied including the attendance dates, in chronological order with the most recent first. You should include any relevant pharmaceutical modules, projects or dissertation work you have completed.

Work experience:

List your most recent research first. This makes it easier for the reader to see if you have the right experience and whether you have gained it recently. Put your other jobs after your current role in reverse chronological order.

You should include:

Name of the employer
Job title
Achievements gained

Employers will be particularly interested in activities which have developed your leadership and team-working skills. You should also mention here any volunteer work you have done.

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CK Clinical job of the week: 4/5/2017

This week our clinical job of the week is a Drug Safety Evaluation Scientist role within the pharmaceutical industry. This role has been chosen because it is:

  • An opportunity to join one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical companies that develop and market innovative, high-quality medicines throughout the world
  • The role will be focusing on the preparation of aggregated safety reports and safety evaluations
  • Opportunity to work as part of the growing and dynamic European Drug Safety team
  • The organisation has a flat organisational structure, which allows for more involvement in different areas in the team
  • The client is also growing and this would be a great time to join a company with a strong pipeline of products
  • Easy access to and from London, with core working hours and really strong patient focus
  • Offering a very competitive salary with benefits and performance bonus

Find out more about this job here


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The benefits of work experience

Sam Stewart has written this article as part of the Drug Discovery and Development Careers Spotlight to help job hunters in the pharmaceutical industry gain work experience before starting a career in this sector. Take a look at this article here:


Searching for employment can be a frustrating challenge, particularly when you have just graduated and are trying to find that first crucial entry-level job to kick-start your career.

Consider the position you may find yourself in immediately after graduation; you are an intelligent individual, newly qualified in a highly skilled scientific subject with the ambition to make a difference in the world. However, you may quickly find that obtaining that first job is more difficult than expected due to one little hitch; many companies expect graduates to be able to demonstrate some work experience.

This probably doesn’t sound fair; after all, if you have just finished your education, how can you be expected to already have industrial experience? When asked about their experience, many students will discuss their dissertation projects and, while the independent research skills gained during these projects are invaluable, they are no substitute for genuine industry experience.

So, what can you do to overcome this limitation and gain an upper hand when competing for your first role? Well, even though you are still in education, you should make it a priority to gain as much industrial experience as possible prior to graduating. This essential experience will be invaluable for applying to your first scientific role and can be attained in the following ways.


University is not for everyone. Although the most common route to beginning a scientific career, there are alternative options to university. Apprenticeships are seeing a resurgence in popularity in industrial companies. These courses often offer education up to degree level while simultaneously allowing you to gain a number of years of industrial experience.

Shadowing a pharmaceutical professional

A short work experience placement shadowing a professional is an easy way to experience life in an industrial environment. Such placements normally last 1-2 weeks and, while a single placement may not be enough, the accumulation of multiple placements will certainly show your enthusiasm for and commitment to, your chosen subject.

Degree with a year in industry

Possibly the best way of guaranteeing some industrial experience by the end of your degree is to apply for those courses which include a placement year as part of the curriculum. This is a highly recommended and often very successful method of gaining that important experience. Students with a year in industry during their degree are often prioritised as potential candidates for entry level job openings.

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An abundance of MSL jobs – video

The market for Medical Science Liaison roles is currently very busy with lots of very interesting jobs available and there are some great opportunities. Mary who specialises in Medical Affairs Recruitment has made a short video highlighting a few of the available MSL roles she is recruiting for at the moment. Watch Mary’s video here:

If you are interested in any of the jobs mentioned in this video please click on the appropriate link below:

Medical Manager – Hertfordshire

Medical Science Liaison – Field Based

Medical Science Liaison – South West (field based)

If you would like to contact Mary please call 01438 768717 or email


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Clinical job of week – Physician Director, Oncology

This week our clinical job of the week is a Physician Director, Oncology role which is working with one of the world’s leading global pharmaceutical companies in Cambridgeshire.  This role also offers:

  • The chance to work for a company who are currently developing a very strong portfolio of immune-oncology products.
  • Oversight of the late phase clinical development of a number of promising immuno-oncology products.
  • A base salary of up to £119.9k plus an excellent benefits package.


To apply click here


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Clinical jobs of the week: 15/03/2017

This week we have two clinical jobs of the week which are a Statistical Epidemiologist and a SAS Statistical Programmer that are working with a global scientific research company within Real World Evidence.

These roles also offer:

  • An exciting opportunity to work on multiple projects within Real World Evidence
  • Variety in activities including designing studies, identifying new sources of data and conducting literature reviews
  • The opportunity to join a forward thinking, innovative company leading the way with Real World Evidence

These role will be based on site in Leeds, with regular travel to London and some flexibility with home working.

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Job of the week: Medical Science Liaison

This week our clinical job of the week is actually multiple Medical Science Liaison roles. We currently have organisations of all sizes seeking MSL’s to join them in positions across the UK. These roles offer:

  • A great opportunity for experienced MSLs.
  • Multiple roles covering a range of territories and therapeutic areas.
  • The chance to join companies that include global pharma companies, start-up companies and small or privately owned pharmaceutical companies.
  • Great salaries and packages available ranging from £50-80,000 for field medical roles.

Click here to contact Mary Bolt to discuss these roles

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Clinical Job of the Week: Contracts Manager

This week’s clinical job of the week is a Contract Manager position that is working within the pharmaceutical industry at our client’s headquarters in Welwyn Garden City. This role also offers:

  • An exciting opportunity to work in the contracts and outsourcing area, you will be responsible for development and management of clinical contracts and amendments.
  • The opportunity to join a truly global biotech company, a world leader in R&D.
  • Based at their HQ in Hertfordshire, their site is very accessible with links to major motorways, airport and is only 30 minutes by train to London.

For more information on this role, or to apply, click here

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Job of the week – Regulatory Specialist

This week’s clinical job of the week is a Regulatory Specialist within the chemical industry which offers the option of working at either their Essex, Wakefield or Grimsby sites. This also offers:

  • Two regulatory specialists positions with one being focused on global notifications and REACH, whilst the other would be a product stewardship focused role
  • The opportunity to join a team that has grown significantly over the last two years.
  • The chance to join a growing, forward thinking company in the chemical industry.

These roles would suit experienced Regulatory Specialists with drive and the ambition to develop their careers.

To find out more, or apply, click here


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New Neuro Physiotherapist jobs – video

Lucy Stendall is currently recruiting for 4 exciting and rare Neuro Physiotherapist roles to join a small pharmaceutical company, based at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield or the St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London.

The company is ideally looking for band 6 or band 7 physiotherapists with experience in neurology or an interest in neurology to work on a phase II Multiple Sclerosis study.

Lucy has made a short video providing more details about these jobs, watch below to find out more:



Apply for these jobs here or find out more information here

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