From implementation through to maintenance,LIMSsolutions require the attention of trained specialists. Often – especially for implementations, upgrades, or migrations from one to another – these specialists work in contract roles, though there are still plenty of permanent options. This means the market for LIMS specialist jobs is big but unpredictable.
What’s the best way to find roles that fit you?
Securing LIMS Specialist Jobs
It’s important to remember that while the market is large, the number of competitors you have isn’t insignificant. Any LIMS specialist – whether they’re an analyst, developer, administrator or something else – has to find a way to stand out from the crowd to earn their placement.
Just as importantly, candidates like you have to be able to find placements before they’re made – or how can you be in competition?
It’s often brushed over and doesn’t get enough thought from many, but the first step in landing a role is the application. (The second is overlooked almost as often – making it onto the shortlist. But you can’t get the job if either of these isn’t done.)
Solo Applications Versus Recruiter Applications
If you’re applying on your own, your application will include your CV, an application form (if any), and your covering letter. Going through a recruiter, none of those are central to your application.
Instead, the recruiter will be painting a picture for the client. They’ll be referring not just to your CV but to the extra details they’ve pulled from you in their pre-qualifying calls. They’ll be specifically addressing the client’s job spec, not in the order they’re laid out in the document but according to the priority the client has given the recruiter.
This extra information, coupled with the trust the recruiter can build up with a client over several successful clients, gives these candidates a major advantage. In the race for LIMS specialist jobs, that’s enough to be a difference maker all on its own. The CV the recruiter sends over afterwards is almost secondary.
(We send over a special pack we’ve developed. It includes the CV, our recruiter’s impressions of you, and testimony from decision makers in your previous roles – giving the client a perspective very like their own.)
For contract roles in particular, it’s almost impossible to catch up on that lead due to the urgency of placements. Even with the longer hiring period associated with permanent roles, catching up can be difficult – but in both cases, the problem is that you might not even be in the race. You can’t apply for a role you don’t know about.
Many LIMS roles aren’t listed in the usual job boards. This decision gets taken purely because there are people out there who’ll apply for specialist jobs like these despite having no appropriate background or skills, and this makes sorting through them to create a shortlist more frustrating.
Unfortunately this can make it difficult to find these jobs listed anywhere. Almost all hiring managers overseeing LIMS specialist jobs work regularly with specialist recruiters, however, and often have a positive relationship with any recruitment consultant they can rely on. The jobs get mentioned to the consultant, the consultant pulls together a shortlist of their own, and the race is on.
If you’d like to get a head start over your competition, get in touch.