When you are searching for a job in the biopharma industry there are a lot of things to take into consideration. You should have some experience, be able to showcase your skills well and have the education to back them up. Piecing together the perfect resume and cover letter can be a challenge. If you are working on your hiring materials, omit these three words from your resume and cover letter.

The Word “Hope”

Many people use the word hope when they are applying to a new position. Of course, you are hoping to hear back from the employer and you hope to get the job. However, you should refrain from using the word in your resume, cover letter, or any correspondence with the employer. Some examples of how people typically use this may be “I hope to hear from you soon” or “I hope to contribute my skills at your company.”

This may not seem like a big deal but, honestly, the company doesn’t want to hear about hopes in your hiring materials. They want facts and to learn exactly what you bring to the table. Instead of using the word hope, trying something like “I look forward to discussing my qualifications with you further.” You may even say something like “My abilities will allow me to make an impact in your organization on day one.”

Saying You Want to “Improve”

While employers do want candidates who are willing to learn and grow with the company, you don’t want to make that a selling point on your resume or cover letter. Don’t say anything like “I look forward to being able to improve my skills with your company” or “I am excited about the chance to hone in on my skills working with you.”

Generally, companies do not want to hire you to train you. They don’t want to hear about what you hope to gain by working with them. Instead, they want to know how you will contribute to their organization. So, remove your aspirational line of what you hope to get out of taking the job and replace it with something like “I look forward to contributing my skills to the organization to help you meet your goals.”

Using the Words “Drawn To”

Don’t say that you were “drawn to” the company or the position you are applying to. For instance, many applicants say “I was drawn to your company because of its reputation.” This doesn’t always sit right with the employer reviewing your hiring materials. In general, companies that have a good reputation know they do, so they don’t want to hear about how you are drawn to them. If you weren’t, you wouldn’t be applying for the job.

If you find yourself tempted to use this phrase, try to think about how your skills tie in with the company’s bottom line. In place of “I’m drawn to your company,” say something like “The skills I built working with XYZ company are a great match for your organization’s commitment to excellent work in the biopharma field.”

Utilizing the help of a staffing agency like the Staffing Resource Group can help you land a biopharma job. We specialize in placing candidates in the biopharma industry and can assist you in fine-tuning your resume. Contact us to learn more about how our team of professionals can help you in your search.

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