Hopefully you can see that there are LOTS of times when it’s entirely appropriate to be applying for entry level pharma manufacturing jobs, even if you don’t have previous industry experience.
If you’re in that position, here are 5 tips for your CV and application:
1. Don’t be apologetic – if you’re applying for an appropriate job then you deserve to be considered, don’t feel the need to draw attention to a lack of any specific experience.
2. Prioritise relevant items – make sure things that are most relevant to your application are prominent within it. Write a compelling cover letter and personal profile section for your CV that really speaks to that specific advert’s requirements. (This is one of the key things we cover in our Advanced Career Coaching course).
3. Highlight steps you’re taking to make this career change – if you’re taking one of our courses, make sure you list it in the education section of your CV. At a recent careers fair several employers told us that a candidate just being enrolled in a programme is seen as a positive on their application. You might find it useful to give a brief description of the course or list out the modules so an employer can see the types of things you’re learning.
4. Focus on transferable skills – when discussing your previous employment, keep the focus on transferable skills (e.g. communication, team work, attention to detail, etc). The duties of your previous jobs might not be especially relevant but there will always be transferable skills that are.
5. Tailor your CV for every application – ALWAYS tailor your CV to talk to the specific requirements of each job. A significant proportion of your CV should change for every application as you reframe your experience to draw on the parts most relevant to that employer.