Common Client Questions
What experience do you have in the Biotechnology industry?
Our recruitment consultants all have life science or medical-related qualifications, and/or have extensive hands-on experience in the biotechnology industry.
Due to the fact that we only deal with search and recruitment in the biotechnology/life sciences industry, we know the companies and people that work within it, understand the types of roles involved, and are familiar with the difficulties and challenges that companies, both large and small, face.
Where do you operate?
Through our global network of contacts, we are able to assist clients in any country, and source candidates worldwide.
What roles can you assist us with?
We search and recruit for roles within the biotechnology industry – from Board positions down through all layers within a typical biotech company. This includes anything from administrative staff and junior technical staff, up through the company to Senior Executive and Board roles.
For more senior roles, we conduct full retained executive searches.
We need to fill a role, but it’s a bit sensitive – can you help us?
There are many circumstances that mean a particular role may have sensitive issues around it – it may be due to an incumbent person in the role, others within the organisation, a very confidential project that is being started, or any number of other reasons that might be sensitive and/or highly confidential for a range of business and personal reasons.
For this reason, we conduct all searches and recruitment tasks with the utmost of confidentiality and discretion.
Of course, in order to search or recruit for the best candidates, we must be able to tell the potential candidates something about the company and role, and this is something that we will discuss with you – what to say and at what stage in the search process.
Why should we engage you on a retained basis?
Retained searches are generally very intensive and exhaustive executive searches, requiring us to work more closely with you at the start of the search to prepare all the relevant documentation required for an intensive search, and also requiring a broader scope of search to locate the best potential candidates.
Due to the extensive amount of work involved, we will request that we work on an exclusive basis with a part payment up-front as a retainer for our services.
The advantage in retained searches is that it demonstrates to us your strong commitment in filling the position with the right person, and it equally demonstrates to you our commitment in finding the ideal candidate for the role.
How long will it take you to find us some suitable candidates?
The amount of time required for us to present you with a shortlist of suitable candidates depends upon the type of role it is – for example if you are seeking a very specific and unusual skill set, then that will likely take a little longer than finding candidates with more general skill sets.
In addition, your availability to interview shortlisted candidates can have a great impact on the timeline – many of the decision-makers travel frequently, which can delay the interviews.
It should always be remembered that the longer a company takes to interview candidates and to make final decisions, the higher the risk that that candidate may accept a position elsewhere or may be put off joining your company if they feel you are not very well organised or not committed to filling the role.
Common Candidate Questions
How do I send you my CV?
What happens if I send you my CV?
We keep all CVs on our database so that we can consider them for current or future positions. From time-to-time, we may contact you to ask for an updated CV so that we always have the most current one available.
If a suitable position that fits your skills and experience arises, we will contact you to determine if you are interested in the role.
Can you find me a job?
As professional head-hunters, we provide our employer clients with search services to source specialised and skilled talents in the Biotechnology industry.
Registering as a candidate with Biotech Recruitment Consultants ensures our consultants will be able to contact you when a great opportunity arises in the marketplace.
Of course, ultimately, the responsibility for finding a job rests with you. As a candidate client, however, we will do whatever we can to assist you with your job search by keeping your details at hand for future roles, provision of education through our website and seminars at careers functions, and providing consultation and assistance during the job interview process.
How can I be sure my privacy will be protected?
We treat all CVs and resumes received, and your other personal information, with respect and will not release your details without your permission.
We understand that if you are currently employed, you may not necessarily want your current boss or colleagues to know that you are looking for a new opportunity.
I sent you my CV but haven’t heard from you about a job?
We do our best to acknowledge all CVs that are sent to us, and sometimes we slip up! If you haven’t heard from us within a few days or a week or so, feel free to contact us again to check that we received your CV and also to chat with us about what you are looking for.
Of course, it might be the case that your skills and experience don’t fit with any jobs that we are actively working on. In that case we’ll keep your details for when a suitable position does arise. For this reason it is extremely important that you include all your contact details on your CV – and if your details change, to let us know. If we can’t contact you when we need to, you might miss out on that dream job you’ve been waiting for!
I’m happy in my current job. Why should I change?
If you are happy in your current job, that’s wonderful! We would expect, however, that you probably have aspirations for a career path that includes moving on up to a higher level position, or perhaps moving into a new type of role.
Sometimes those roles come up when you might not be thinking about it or actively searching. In that case, we can keep an eye out for you for those new positions, and let you know when something like that comes up.
Of course, if we don’t have your CV on file, along with a good idea of what you would like to progress to, it makes it harder for us to properly target the right role for you. The perfect job won’t always come up when you want it to, so when an opportunity arises, it’s often worthwhile taking the plunge and going for it!
How would I go about securing employment?
Finding a job is a job in itself and requires good planning and organisation. Make sure that you have a well-written CV and a basic cover letter – both of which must be adjusted to suit every different job that you apply for. Make sure that your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and that there is nothing incorrect in your profile or documentation – either factually, grammatically or typographically. Decide on an executive search/recruitment firm to work with and then contact them to discuss your job hunting plan. You should also keep an eye on appropriate job boards, journals, newspapers and websites for suitable positions, and increase your networking activities within the industry.
I’d like to work in the biotech industry, but I don’t have biotech experience. What can I do?
All companies that operate within the biotechnology industry require a range of skilled and experienced people, including in some roles that don’t necessarily require a biotech background e.g. finance, administration. For these types of roles, you simply need to demonstrate the experience that you have and show your passion for the biotech industry.
If, on the other hand, you are a new graduate with relevant qualifications but no experience, you are probably best to look at the larger biotech companies that have active graduate recruitment programs.
The Biotechnology Industry
How do you define the Biotechnology (“biotech”) industry?
We use the broader definition of biotechnology, to include life sciences such as pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and agricultural biotech, cosmetics, industrial biotechnology, environmental biotech, food and a range of other sectors.
For more information, please refer to the “The Biotech Industry” pages.
Why is the Biotech Industry so important?
The biotechnology (“biotech”) industry covers a range of industries, including human therapeutics and life sciences such as pharmaceuticals and medical devices, which improve the lives of many people, and in many cases also save the lives of seriously ill people.
In the agricultural biotech sector, agbio is improving the output and quality of crops that feed the world’s people.
In the mining/industrial sector, biotechnology helps to improve the efficiency and output of many of the processes that go into providing man with the building blocks to provide shelter and other equipment that is part of the industrial landscape, providing employment and improving the lives of many.
There are many other examples of the reach of biotechnology into our everyday lives.
What are the leading challenges facing the Biotech Industry?
With the biotech industry comprising everything from micro companies of only 1 or 2 people, up to large global organisations with many thousands of employees, the difficulties faced by all of these companies are wide-ranging. In terms of recruitment needs however, all of these companies, irrespective of size, often face the common real problem of experiencing difficulty in finding suitably qualified and experienced staff to help grow their business. It is expected that it will become more difficult in years to come to find staff with the experience required to fill roles that are becoming more focussed and more specific in the expertise required.
This is where a niche executive search firm such as Biotech Recruitment Consultants can provide sound advice and experience in finding the people you need.
What other services to you offer companies?
We can assist start-up (or more advanced companies) with assistance in planning their human resource needs – including planning out your organisation chart and the timing for when you should consider making key hires. If you would like assistance with organisational planning or other related services, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Do you offer CV review services?
Yes. If you would like to have your CV and/or cover letter reviewed before you apply for a role, contact us and we will discuss the options with you.
I am a new graduate – how do a get a job in a biotech company?
Most start-up companies look for candidates that have experience as they simply don’t have the time or the resources to train inexperienced people. Larger organisations, such as the global CROs and pharmaceutical companies often have graduate programs that offer opportunities for new graduates to gain some experience.
Why don’t you put all the jobs that you have on your website?
There are a number of reasons why we don’t put a job on our website, including that it might be highly sensitive on the client’s part, or we are able to provide suitable candidates immediately from our database of mapped candidates so we don’t need to advertise the role.
We spend a lot of time mapping candidates in particular roles and geographic locations so that we can provide good candidates quickly to our clients. This is also why you won’t see us advertise on any of the usual job boards very often – we simply don’t need to. For candidates, this is why we encourage you to get in touch with us and send us your CV if you would like to be considered for suitable roles that might arise.
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