Mar 04, 2020 - 01:53 PM
- Assess the skills and competencies you need for the roles you want.
- Fill in the gaps and enhance your strengths as feasibly as you can.
- Update your resume so that it is clear you have the aptitude to do research work, even though your background may show a different path getting there.
- Get involved now with actual research projects, even as a volunteer.
Start by finding several job descriptions of research roles you would be interested in applying for, and take note of the required skills and competencies. Compare them with your current skill set, and start addressing gaps as well as enhancing strengths, perhaps by completing online courses or gaining on-the-job experience. Start working on projects that involve research, and try to become an author on reports and presentations.
When applying for research jobs, read the job description very carefully and make sure your resume addresses all required critical skills and competencies, and perhaps even point by point in your cover letter. Use both your resume and cover letter to show accomplishments where you applied your skills in a research capacity, and be sure to map those accomplishments to business or organizational results. You may want to consider creating a skills-based resume if you are struggling to adapt a current chronological resume to roles you want.