Resume Preparation Tips for Clinical Trial Jobs

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Undoubtedly, resume is the most important tool in any job search. Most often, your resume will be your first introduction medium to the hiring managers. You may wonder what your resume could do. Here is the answer for you - Your resume would:

- Provide the hiring manager enough information for considering you for a one-on-one interview

- Supplement all the information that is included in your online profile

- Focus on your skills, experience and expertise

- Demonstrate both your writing as well as communication skills

Hence, it is important that you take your time for developing a good resume that would best showcase your skills and experience. (1)

This post would help you writing a resume for clinical trial jobs. Remember to use your CV to demonstrate that you are the ideal candidate for the particular job position.

Before going to resume preparation tips, know the common mistakes you could potentially commit while developing your resume.

If you have sent out several resumes and didn't get any responses from the recruiters, it's time for modifying your approach. Most often, recruiters would take just 10 seconds or less for scanning a resume. Hence, making proper organization of your CV is more essential. In order to make a proper organization, you must learn about the common mistakes first:

- Avoid using generic resume language. Remember that, if several other applicants are saying the exact same thing on their CV, then, your way is too generic. I would suggest you to focus on the items that are peculiar and could stand out from the recruiters.

- Another common mistake you could make is leaving out any measurable information on your CV. Like any other field, in clinical trials employment also, you must be able to include the measurable results.

- Use the space on your resume wisely. You should not clog your resume with long sentences or paragraphs. As mentioned above, recruiters are just taking seconds to read out your resumes and this makes it important to use bullet points and concise short sentences. (2)

Now, you know what mistakes you could make. Develop your resume for clinical trial jobs by making use of the following resume preparation tips:

Developing Resume for Clinical Trials Jobs:

When starting to develop your resume, please be sure to make a list of your past as well as present experiences and skills. Then, select from this list only the information that is pertinent for your resume and for the job you are applying. As a next step, you should elaborate on this list by coming up with short and concise description of each and every experience and skill. I would suggest you to start each phrase with action verb. Now, organize your resume in an effective format by keeping the most critical information at the beginning of your resume. (1)

If you are wondering how to structure your resume and what to include in it, here is what you are looking for:

Contact Details:

When you are writing your contact details, make sure they are easy to spot. You must enter the contact details at the top of the 1st page of your resume. You must include:

- Name

- Home address

- E-mail address

- Telephone number


The summary part of your resume should be different for each of the job posting you apply for. This is because; each employer's requirements as well as the terminology would vary even for the most similar jobs.

For the purpose of figuring out what you should include in the summary, check the job description properly. Then, carry out a basic research on the web and check the employer's website for picking out the most essential qualifications they are looking for. Whenever you are writing your summary, you must focus on showing that you have the skills and attributes required by the employer.

Education Details:

In this section, you must detail all the educational institutions at which you have studied. While entering these details, make sure to include the attendance dates. And yes, place them in chronological order with the recent ones first. You may include any pharmaceutical modules, projects and/or dissertation works that are relevant to the job you are applying.

Working Experience Details:

Similar to the education details section, here also you have to list your most recent experience first. By this way, the recruiter would find it easy to see whether you have the right experience and if it is recent. Place all the other jobs after the current one in reverse chronological order. Here, you must include the following details:

- Name of the employer

- Job Title

- Responsibilities

- Achievements


The recruiters will be interested in activities that have developed your leadership as well as team-working skills. Hence, make sure you enter the right ones on this section. In addition, you must mention any volunteering activity you have done.


It is the best practice to mention two employer references:

- One from the most recent employer

- Other: either from the recent employer or from your study place

You must include:

- Address

- Telephone number

- E-mail address

Before putting the references in your resume, you must ask the concerned person (whose details you are entering) whether it is okay to mention him/her as your references.


Yes, this is important! It is always a good idea to keep the employer informed about the notice period required by your current employer. (3), (4)

Some Additional Tips:

In order to come up with a good professional resume, you may use the additional tips below:

- Exclude any personal data like:

- Age

- Religion

- Personal photographs

- Family status

- Avoid using any abbreviations or acronyms unless and until you are sure that the reader is familiar with the terms

- Have your resume proofread by other people for correct spelling and grammar

- Make sure that your resume is easy on the eye. Make it to a maximum of two A4 pages

- Do not repeat anything. This would be like you have nothing much to tell! (1), (3)






About the Author

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I am Tharani. I have Bachelors degree in Biotechnology. I am passionate about the healthcare and medical industry and continue to explore, learn and share and I bring in a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help you keep updated with current trends and developments. I have gained a lot of experience in clinical field by working in clinical trials arena. Stay tuned..

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