Monthly Archives: July 2010

Explain Yourself!

We see a LOT of CVs on a daily basis (I even see CVs in my sleep on weekends – OK maybe not!).

Some points that occurred to me recently that are very important:

-NEVER address an email to Sir / Madam or “To Whom it Concerns”. This is lazy. Go onto LinkedIn, find the name of the person you need. If you can’t find it here, contact the company directly and simply ask for the contacts name / email. This will make your application stand out.
-When composing your CV, put yourself in the mind of a HR Manager. They often from Arts / Business backgrounds and sometimes don’t have a lot of technical knowledge (no offence!). You therefore need to explain everything in your CV. If you have worked with local regulatory authorities, write “the IMB” or “FDA”, as a HR person could have been told (“I only want CVs with IMB / FDA experience”). If you have worked with ERP systems, highlight which ones in the experience section, NOT ONLY in the skills section. Your CV could easily get overlooked otherwise.
-Expanding this point, make sure all acronyms are explained. Sometimes even technical people will not know what something means, so put yourself in their shoes and write it from their perspective.

As always, get in touch if you have any particular topics you’d like us to cover, or if you have any thoughts on the above

-Brian (bhc at lifescience dot ie)

We’re growing!

We’re delighted to welcome James Cassidy onto the Life Science team. Coming from a strong Scientific / Business and Recruitment background, James fits into the Life Science mould perfectly.

As James says:

“I’m delighted to join the team in Life Science as principal medical device consultant. Having worked for the last 2 ½ in the life science area I am delighted to join the rest of the crew here in Life Science towers. I have a degree in chemistry and HDip in Business Studies and I have worked in pharmaceutical industry in Ireland and in Australia
So June is over first month in the door and things are really busy here. Getting up to speed with old web 2 technology. I’ll be a web expert in no time!
I’m mad looking for Quality Engineers for Dublin, West of Ireland and midland. Some exciting things happening in start-up companies nationwide. Definitely seems to be a change in sentiment out there long may it continue
Definite highlight of the month is Longford beating the men of Mayo definitely one of the biggest shocks in GAA history.”

James can be reached on LinkedIn here and his active jobs are on Email: james.cassidy at