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Research skills


What are research skills?

Research skills can be defined as having the ability to search for, find, compile, analyse, interpret and evaluate information that is relevant to the subject you are researching. Research skills can be anything from looking at competitors and seeing what they do well to producing a written report on how your department could work better. Doing research in the world of work is all about stepping back from your day-to-day work and looking at ways you can improve.

List of research skills

Some examples of research skills that you may have include:
  • Report writing

  • Data collection

  • Analysis of information from different sources

  • Finding information off the internet

  • Critical thinking

  • Planning and scheduling

  • Interviewing

  • Critical analysis

If you are applying for a graduate job that specifically requires research skills, be sure to include a few of the above skills in your application, and be ready to demonstrate when you used them at your interview.

How can you demonstrate research skills?

Luckily, as a graduate you will have had plenty of opportunities to demonstrate your research skills over the course of your degree. You should be able to talk about how you researched your final project or dissertation topic and how you went into depth for essays or practical work. If you have completed any of these projects as part of a team, these can also be great for demonstrating examples of teamwork.

You can also demonstrate your research skills by examining what you know about the industry or company you want to work for. The more you can show you know, the better your opportunity of impressing.

Why are research skills important in the workplace?

Research is extremely important to businesses. Whether researching the impact of a competitors new marketing campaign, or researching into the next groundbreaking product that will shape a businesses future; research shapes the success of all businesses.

Good researchers are therefore vital to employers. Graduates who can research more deeply into their industry are often able to come up with new ideas and better ways of running a company. Being able to conduct good research into your sector will also show that you are dedicated to your employer and have the desire to improve.

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