Thursday, December 13, 2012

Job Sites for People Seeking Jobs in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical industry

We all know that times are tough and a lot of people are either unemployed or underemployed and looking for better work.

I wanted to post some very helpful sites that I have used and recommend to friends.

  • I especially like the startup focused sites VentureLoop and StartUpHire that have lots of jobs I do not see in other places.  Great if you are interested in joining a very young company.
  • If you're looking for more established companies, definitely recommend LinkedIn, BioSpace, and QMed.
  • Don't forget Craigslist that has a lot of jobs with both small start ups and large firms.

I take for granted that you are actively on and using LinkedIn.  If not, get on it!

Think of LinkedIn on your Facebook network.  I have not found it as useful as LinkedIn, but I admittedly have only been on it for the past 4 months as opposed to years on LinkedIn.

Very similar to BranchOut.

(google “craigslist” to get your local listings)
This marketplace site has come a long way and is now a very legitimate site for serious job postings from early stage start ups to very well established companies.

This posts all types of jobs and is not specific for biotech/pharma.  In fact, I find it annoying that you cannot filter your search by industry the way you can on many other sites.  I find their manual job search features to be a bit cumbersome, but I really like their feature of loading your resume (.doc or PDF) and doing your job search against the key words in your resume.

This site consolidates job postings directly from company websites.  It has the look and feel of SimplyHIred but with a great additional feature of being able to filter your search by industry.

Very established site with lots of jobs at mid and large cap companies.  The site also has a lot of industry news and job seeking advice.

Specialty job seeking site for life science and healtcare industry jobs.

Specialty job seeking site for biotechnology jobs.

Job postings with venture capital-backed companies.  Mix of early stage start-ups and established companies (e.g. Facebook, Zynga).

Job postings in start-ups of all funding stages.  Excellent site and I highly recommend it for people interested in joining a small to mid-size start-up.  It has outstanding search features and easy to use resume building tools.

Job postings with very early stage start-ups, some with no or minimal seed stage financing.  Note:  It tends to be very heavily geared towards computer scientists, software programmers, and mobile apps.

Job postings for start up companies.  Also has a useful newsletter.

Of course there are also the major job posting sites such as Monster, Indeed, and CareerBuilder.  These are fine for general job searches but I think they are overcrowded with non-science jobs and the postings tend to be a little stale.   I prefer to look in places where fewer people are looking and the chance of seeing a "fresh" posting is higher.  I will also admit that I am biased for sites where small to mid-size companies are posting jobs.

If you're interested in working for the US government, check out, which is the official government job posting site and is very comprehensive for government job openings.

Please leave a comment if you know of another great job seeking site that I missed.

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