The biotech industry is a vast one with plenty of opportunities for scientists hoping to expand their horizons. Of course, for individuals looking to switch fields within this industry, it can feel a bit intimidating to know that your competition may already have experience you’re hoping to acquire.
The good news is that scientists change fields often, even in the postdoc portion of their careers. So don’t feel intimidated. Instead, focus your energy on reworking your resume in a way that will convince employers to hire you.
Incorporate Solid Work History and Experience
If you’re transferring from one field to another within the same industry, you may not face the same complications as a person who is switching industries (e.g., an accountant who wants to become nurse), but because biotech fields are so specialized, it is still important to show that you are a solid candidate.
One way to get this done is by showcasing a solid and reputable work history. The experience you’ve acquired should rest on the front lines of your resume with plenty of value-driven accomplishments, awards won, and other proof that you are top-notch in your current field.
Reveal Transferrable Skills
Also, it’s important that you reveal the skills you’ve acquired over the years that transfer between the two fields you’re switching between. If you are accustomed to working in labs in your current field and it will be required in your new choice, be sure to list this in your resume.
The idea is to make it appear that there will be no issues if the company needs you to hit the ground running. By incorporating transferrable skills, you have a better chance of selling this idea.
Show Willingness to Retrain
Another great way to show you can transition between fields in your resume is to list your previous training—especially training you’ve received recently, even if it isn’t in the field you’re pursuing. This sends the message that you are willing to train in your new field.
But of course, it’s better to show that you are taking steps to receive training in the field in which you’re interested. Whether you’re taking independent courses or have begun pursuing another degree, this information should be listed on your resume.
Finally, consider adding testimonials to your resume from notable individuals who represent the field you’re hoping to join. If you don’t already have a mentor in your new field, what are you waiting for? Start making connections with people who can guide you in the right way as you grow accustomed to the nuances of this new biotech sector.
Also, don’t forget to research the new field to learn its keywords and background so you can determine how you want to make your impact. Writing from this perspective can help you create a resume that sells you as a great catch—even if you are coming from a different field.
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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast
Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.
What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.
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