I have degrees in biology and fisheries science. I have >6 years of experience managing data, analyzing data, writing technical summaries of the analysis results, writing technical RFPs to secure new opportunities, and presenting results to administrators of large natural-resource management agencies, including decision makers in Washington, D.C. I work well with others, enjoy helping non-technical people understand technical concepts (and have a track record of doing just that), and started a small statistical, environmental, and data-management consulting firm last April (I am its sole employee) after leaving my previous position. (I left because my wife was offered a job in a different state and they could not allow me to work remotely.)
I'm interested in moving into the business consulting world but, with my background as a quantitative fisheries scientist, have the sneaking suspicion that I'd have little chance of making it past the "resume screening" stage.
- What's the likelihood of a business consulting/strategy firm taking a chance on a fisheries scientist without little business/accounting background (outside of the experience I have at my own firm)?
- What's the best way to write my resume (I assume a one-pager is best rather than the 8-page CV I've used in the past): functional? Chronological with bullet points? Chronological with prose?
- How can I best show that, even though I'm a quant-head, I communicate well in person, enjoy working with others, and giving presentations?
Thanks for your thoughts!