Employers hire employees that are skilled at assessing situations, are able to seek multiple perspectives, and gather more in-depth, harder-to-locate information.
According to Successatschool.org, there are six steps involved in effective research. These are:
- Preparing: setting goals and making sure you know what you need to get out of the research projects. Ensure that you are clear on the objectives and goals of the research project.
- Finding: consulting lots of different sources in order to find the information you need. Do not stick to just one source of information. See how difference source can corroborate the story you are trying to tell.
- Selecting: identifying the information you really need and sifting out the info you don’t. With the huge amount of information available at your fingertips, be keen to identify which is relevant an which is not.
- Organizing: sorting the research into a structure that makes sense. Now that you have all the information you need, organize it to tell your story.
- Presenting: pulling all the info together and communicating it. Another important step in research is presenting your findings and communicating it to the intended audience. Take into consideration effective presentation and communication skills to help you convey your story.
- Evaluating: reflecting on the research and how the process went, so that you can improve next time. The last step, often neglected, is evaluating the entire research process and finding improvement opportunities for the next project.
Research Skills Strategies:
1. Check your sources
A good researcher always, always, always check and cites references or sources. In today’s technologically driven world, research can be as easy as using Google.
With the plethora of information on the Internet, you might be tempted to just copy. Use your own words in explaining the concepts you’ve researched on and always cite your sources.
2. Use your networks
Use your networks to get the information you need to research on. You never know who can be a resource for your research.
3. Be objective and keep an open mind
You may have to research on a topic that you are not interested in or you have biases against.
This shouldn’t stop you from being objective and keeping an open mind towards the topic, the sources, and the information that you gather during your research.
Other skills that will affect your research skills are:
1. Time management skills.
Your ability to manage your time well will allow you to meet your research project timelines.
2. Communication and Presentation skills
Your communication skills will prove to be important when gathering information from resources. Your presentation skills will be put to the test when the time comes for you to present your findings to the intended audience.
3. Critical thinking skills
Your critical thinking skills will help you determine which information is relevant to your research and help you interpret the information you have gathered.