Resume vs Social Media: How to Stand Out to Scientific and Clinical Hiring Managers

Resume vs Social Media: How to Stand Out to Scientific and Clinical Hiring Managers

Science professionals enjoy a good job outlook, with many companies competing for top talent. If you’re in the market for a new job, it’s still important to know the best way to package your skills and accomplishments to stand out to scientific and clinical hiring managers.

Keep the following tips in mind:

Your resumé is your most important calling card. In the age of online profiles, the resumé is still king. According to the scientific and clinical hiring managers surveyed, 65 percent prefer digital or electronic resumés when evaluating scientific candidates. A traditional or hard copy format is preferred by 32 percent. Therefore, in order to be able to send out your resumé quickly, make sure you have it saved in a number of file formats including a Word document, pdf, and .txt.

Alternative resumé formats aren’t widely adopted. Only two percent of scientific and clinical hiring managers prefer to review personalized websites or "digital portfolios"; one percent prefer LinkedIn profiles; and none prefer to receive a video resumé. Clearly, unless a job posting specifically asks for one of these formats, you’re best off focusing on a digital or hard copy.

Your qualifications must match the job description. An overwhelming 82 percent of scientific and clinical hiring managers agree that this is the most important resumé component influencing their decision on which candidates to interview. Before you send out your résumé, invest some time in tailoring your qualifications and experience to match the job listing. It’s also advisable to feature the same keywords in your resumé and cover letter where appropriate.

Social media. Surprisingly, the majority of scientific and clinical hiring managers do not frequently check social media to review a candidate’s information or background. Only nine percent report regularly doing so. Similarly, only a small number (eight percent) have ever disqualified a candidate based on a review of their social media profile.

What about LinkedIn? Of the scientific and clinical hiring managers who say they do review LinkedIn, 91 percent are reviewing your employment history.


What are the benefits of social media?

Hiring managers may not always be looking here, but social media may still aid indirectly in your job search. The majority of scientific professionals Kelly surveyed (70 percent) say social media is their primary method of networking, and 37 percent use their social media networks when making career or employment decisions. Add to this the fact that employee or industry referrals are top ways hiring managers find talent, and it’s clear that social media is a vitally important tool for establishing and building relationships with your peers and industry leaders.

To position yourself to your best advantage in the job search process, always make sure your resumé is up to date and tailored to the position you want. For scientific professionals in particular, it’s still advisable to keep your LinkedIn profile current and your social media profiles active to build your network.

Survey methodology: The 2015 Hiring Manager Research (U.S./Canada) was conducted by RDA Group on behalf of Kelly Services. Over 1,000 hiring managers in the U.S. and Canada were surveyed. Participants had direct hiring responsibilities for talent in healthcare, engineering, finance and accounting, IT and scientific fields. Results represent a cross section of industries and career disciplines. Of the total surveyed, 212 were scientific and clinical hiring managers.

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