How to Attract and Retain Life Sciences Talent During a Talent Shortage

There are a lot of challenges being faced by the life sciences at the moment, including a significant shortage of talent. There is a growing demand for skilled talent, and this has been made worse by the effects of COVID, and even the biggest brands are struggling to fill vital positions. In order to evolve and keep up with innovation, businesses need to attract and retain talent. There are several ways to do this, some of which we have listed below.


  • Create an Unbeatable Brand Story - There are a lot of businesses out there recruiting professionals for life sciences roles, so you need to ensure that your brand stands out. Building a good brand story can help you to achieve this, so be sure to mention anything that sets you apart from other brands in the industry. For example, mention if you have created an impressive medical device, or highlight if your team had something to do with the COVID vaccine. It’s the ideal way to give candidates an insight into who you are, what you do, and why you are a business worth working for.
  • Embrace Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace - There is no denying the benefits of creating a diverse, equal and inclusive workplace. Embracing this type of culture boosts employee satisfaction, improves productivity and is a huge selling point to candidates. A lot of people working in life sciences are passionate about solving problems and making tomorrow better for everyone, and so diversity is needed to reflect this. There are still imbalances within the life sciences industry, so highlighting how inclusive you are can help to attract top talent, and keep the talent that you do have.
  • Highlight How Happy Your Employees Are - When you are trying to attract talent in the life sciences sector, you need to ‘sell’ the career that you’re offering them. This means highlighting how good you are as an employer and how much you have to offer. You can do this in a number of ways, but social media should play a big part. Before a lot of people apply for a job, they will research the company on social media, and so you want them to see happy, satisfied and loyal employees online.
  • Use an Experienced Recruiter - One of the best ways to give your life sciences recruitment a boost is to enlist the help of a specailised recruiter. An expert recruiter will have the knowledge, experience and network needed to find candidates that tick every box. Not only does this increase the chances of you finding a talented and skilled professional, but it frees up a lot of your time, knowing that a dedicated recruiter is handling things for you.

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