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Peak Performance: Remote Interviewing

Remote interviewing is increasingly commonplace. As a result, life science candidates need to prepare for meeting with hiring managers using video conferencing technology. While the bulk of the interview process is the same, there are nuances you’ll want to prepare for if you’re going to stand out. Fortunately, most of the changes or additional steps are relatively straightforward and simple to integrate. If you want peak performance, here’s what you should do when remote interviewing for a life science job. Do a Full Tech Check Well before your interview is scheduled to start, you need to check your tech. Make sure the device you’re using is plugged in or fully charged. Test the video and audio for clarity. Confirm you have a suitable internet connection, opting for a hardline over Wi-Fi or mobile data if possible. Additionally, make sure you have access to the web conferencing software or platform. If you can, use ......

How Long Does It Take to Get a Security Clearance?

Many defense candidates will need a security clearance if they’re selected for a position in the defense industry. Security clearances are formal authorizations to interact with classified information. Essentially, the credential asserts that an employee has undergone a suitable background check based on the sensitivity of the data they’ll work with during the course of performing their duties. While many candidates who are new to the defense sector might assume that security clearances are quick, they’re actually lengthy processes. They dig far deeper than the background checks associated with jobs at more traditional companies, as they need to ensure that the employee doesn’t pose any risk to national security. Here’s a look at how long it takes to get a security clearance. How Long It Takes to Get a Security Clearance Security clearance timelines vary, though most are completed within 60 to 120 days of the application submission. A top secret security clearance ......

Best Ways to Show Off Your Leadership Skills in Pharma

Showcasing your leadership skills as a life sciences professional is crucial for several reasons. First, it can open doorways at your current employer, making it easier to advance. Second, highlighting your leadership capabilities during a job search increases your odds of landing career-boosting pharma positions at cutting-edge employers of choice. Often, the best way to show off your leadership skills in pharma is to use a multi-faceted approach. Exhibiting your capabilities on the job is inherently beneficial, as it positions you as a top performer with endless potential. Highlighting your leadership skills in your life science resume, through your online presence, and during the interview process is another critical part of the equation, particularly if you’re seeking out new opportunities. If you want to showcase your leadership abilities in the best possible light, here’s what you need to know. Which Leadership Skills to Show Off In many cases, the concept of “leadership skills” ......

2022-12-01T01:18:25+00:00December 28th, 2022|Categories: Talent Resources|Tags: , |

What Are Your Career Goals? SRG Can Help You Achieve Them

With the new year approaching, many defense professionals set their sights on the future. Often, this comes with creating New Year’s resolutions or a plan to keep their career on target during the coming year. Acquiring a new, relevant skill is one of the most common goals among defense professionals. Strengthening your network, boosting your performance, and bolstering your reputation may also be part of the equation. However, another one of the goals many defense professionals share is securing a new, career-boosting position. By moving up the ladder, you can work your way toward longer-term goals, such as moving into management. Additionally, you can increase your earnings and secure your financial future by boosting your retirement. In many cases, finding a new job in the defense industry is challenging. The requirements for roles are often high and strict, and competition for the best opportunities is often fierce. When you’re managing a job search ......

5 Podcasts All Life Science Professionals Should Listen To

Podcasts are an excellent way for life science professionals to stay on top of their industry. Many life science podcasts cover emerging trends and new research, making it easier to remain at the forefront of your field. Plus, podcasts are a portable format that you can enjoy during your commute, while on a break, or when taking a walk, making accessing the information convenient. With the plethora of life science podcasts available, determining which ones provide the most value is challenging. If you aren’t sure where to begin, here are five podcasts that all life scientists should try. 1. 5 Live Science Podcast The 5 Live Science Podcast is produced by the BBC and covers recent news events that are relevant to the life sciences field. Featuring Dr. Chris and Naked Scientists, it covers topics like long COVID, how daylight savings impacts the body, emerging infections, the human microbiome, and more. The content ......

Understanding Security Clearance

Security clearances are required to handle classified data, something that’s incredibly common in the defense industry. Since that’s the case, having or being eligible for a security clearance is typically essential for defense candidates. There are several different types of security clearances, and the one you’ll need can vary by position. Additionally, the security clearance approval process may vary depending on the one you’re acquiring, as some security clearances require more rigorous checks and reviews than others. Whether you’re an existing defense candidate interested in furthering your career or are new to the industry, understanding what the various security clearances are and how they’re acquired is essential. Here’s what you need to know. Security Clearances: An Overview A security clearance is a kind of formal authorization from a government organization to handle specific types or levels of classified data. Candidates undergo an investigation – which is similar to a highly in-depth background check ......

Overwhelmed with Your Job Search? SRG Can Save You the Stress

Most life science professionals know that finding a new position is a cumbersome task. Spending hours scanning for opportunities on job boards is tedious, and you may find far more jobs that aren’t great fits than career-boosting roles. Plus, targeting your resume for every job takes a significant amount of time, and networking – while effective – isn’t easy to fit into a busy schedule. Fortunately, there’s a better way. By partnering with the Staffing Resource Group for your life science job search, you can get exceptional results in far less time and with less stress. If you’re wondering how the Staffing Resource Group can streamline the process, here’s what you need to know. An Exceptional Candidate Experience When you work with the Staffing Resource Group, you’ll get an exceptional candidate experience throughout the process. We prioritize simplicity, ensuring job seekers can avoid jumping through the many hoops that come with a traditional ......

2022-10-31T13:45:51+00:00November 23rd, 2022|Categories: Talent Resources|Tags: , , |

How Do You Set Yourself Apart from Other Defense Candidates? Here’s What You Can Do

In many cases, competition for defense jobs is surprisingly fierce. Often, these openings attract a wide array of highly skilled candidates, so seizing opportunities to set yourself apart is essential. Otherwise, your application may get lost in the sea of other qualified applicants. Fortunately, there are simple ways to make yourself appear like the strongest candidate possible. If you need to set yourself apart from other defense candidates, here’s what you can do. Review the Job Description for Fit and Keywords As with any job, defense candidates that want to stand out should review the job description carefully to ensure they’re a good fit for the role. Having the required skills and experience is a critical first step in the equation, as falling short means you likely won’t qualify. When you’re assessing your eligibility, consider your professional career, education, volunteer work, personal projects, internships, or any other source of skill-building and experience. They ......

How to Write a Letter of Interest for a Life Science Job

As a life science professional, it’s common to have your career sights set on specific companies that are known for innovation, growth, and excellence. If you’re seeking out a new life science job, you may want to seize any opportunity to get your foot in the door with these organizations. While that’s reasonably simple if there’s currently an advertised vacancy that aligns with your skills and experience, you also have options if there aren’t any positions listed as available. With a letter of interest, you can showcase your capabilities, highlight your passion, and potentially get the attention of hiring managers and recruiters, even if there aren’t any vacancies. If you want to create a standout introduction using this approach, here’s how to write a letter of interest for a life science job. Contact Information, Date, and Greeting When you write a letter of interest for a life science job, the first information you ......

2022-10-31T13:45:11+00:00November 9th, 2022|Categories: Hiring Advice, Talent Resources|Tags: , |

4 Things You Need to Know Before Getting a Government Job

For many professionals, securing a government job in the defense industry is the ultimate goal. In many cases, government positions are highly stable, even during tumultuous economic periods. Plus, many come with competitive salaries and exceptional benefits packages. There’s also the intrinsic reward of doing your part to support your city, county, state, or country, which shouldn’t be overlooked. While a job in the defense industry isn’t wholly unlike a private sector position, there are some nuances candidates should be aware of before proceeding. Here is a look at four things you need to know before getting a government job. 1. How the Defense Industry Organizational Structure Works While essentially every organization has some degree of hierarchy in its leadership and decision-making structures, defense industry agencies take it to another level. The structures are often highly rigid, and there are expectations regarding how information flows both up and down through the organization. Additionally, ......