Many of you asked me the question – ’How to stand out from the candidate pool in the initial screening process for an Regulatory Affairs (RA) graduate position?’
My suggestion would be write a good cover letter.
Every year Novo Nordisk receives a large number of applications from all over the world. There are many candidates with qualifications that fulfill our basic requirements for the program, namely, an advanced science degree, good grades from school, no more than 2 years of work experience, and international experience living or studying abroad. In this case an excellent cover letter – or let’s call it more appropriately a motivation letter, allows you a great opportunity to distinguish yourself from the crowd. And it’s no secret that the recruiting manager cares A LOT about the motivation letter.
In order to write a good motivation letter, it is always a good idea to do your homework beforehand. For instance, read about the graduate program, research a bit on what RA is all about and what an RA professional does (if you don’t know it already). Have a thorough self-reflection afterwards by asking yourself: Why am I passionate about RA? Ralph Emerson says ‘Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success.’ You want to demonstrate your interest in Novo Nordisk, and convince us that you are a motivated individual who holds genuine interest in forging a career in RA. Think through your personal, academic, and work experience, highlight a few things that make you particularly interesting and valuable for us so we need to choose you over the other great applicants.
As for the don’ts – avoid details of your dissertation or laboratory research in the motivation letter, leaving them to your CV. Don’t repeat what’s already stated in your CV. Of course you can highlight facts relevant to the position, but the motivation letter is really the place where you want to provide us with something that is NOT substantiated in the CV and something that adds a personal touch to your CV.
Limit your motivation letter to max 1.5 pages. We want it to be focused and succinct so we don’t spend time hunting your main points.
I hope this entry could help you out there when you write your application. I wish you the very best of luck and we look forward to getting to know you via your application!