Articulating Research Skills – Anna Canella

As a young scientist we see ourselves often applying constantly for grants and scholarships, all of which usually request some sort of essay reflecting on your individual accomplishments, or simply a detailed and yet objective resume to highlight the candidate’s qualifications. I particularly have a hard time trying to sell and reflect on what skills I have learned from my experiences. For this reason, I attended a Webinar workshop hosted by a Career adviser from the University of Guelph to help students to identify transferable skills learned while working and or being engaged in any experience on or off campus.

The session itself was very enlightening, for starters, the presenter Kris Gies demystified the dreadful process for most of articulating our skills. He compared the process to selling yourself and opened my eyes to tailoring the way I write for the position. The goal is to be accurate and impactful, to do so I would break down the process as first identifying what are the hard and soft skills the employer is looking for. Then, you are able to exemplify your skills through accomplishments rather than duties, it was interesting to view that the key is to highlight the impact of my work, which provide an additional layer of depth.

I will definitely use the suggestions given, to identify the problems solved and needs I have met in my position. It was interesting to have it explained to me what the important portion is of developing a resume, especially when the presenter highlighted specific language such as the usage of qualifiers. The explanation about the usage of language and how it impacts the reader made me review the way I used to describe my accomplishments.

I am sure going to actively use the tips to first think of what was done, how it was accomplished and finally what was the outcome, how did my work change anything.