I was educated to mathematician but failed to get a job because employers were looking for a statistician more than mathematician. I was wondering that if I read lecture notes and books used in university's courses, can I put it on my CV or should I enroll to university again to pass basic courses? I know very well that statistics is so huge field that I'm not looking statistics jobs but mathematics jobs where I can use statistics as well as other fields of mathemtics.
Whether they believe it or not isn't really the issue. If they doubt you, they'll either test you on it, or ask for clarification. And statistics isn't so rare that they'd be struck with disbelief at recieving a candidate that has some knowledge of it.
However, when you put it on your CV, it might be beneficial for you to angle it such that it tells a tale of how it fits into the position for which you're applying.
Ask yourself if your level of statistics knowledge is relevant for the position. If it is, list it under "relevant knowledge" and be prepared to answer for it. If it isn't, list it under "other skills", and don't bother elaborating too much.
I am a data scientist who basically does statistical analytics and software. A math job where one does statistics is definitely close to what a data analyst/fraud analyst, etc does. Me, being a self made data scientist, so I would share my experiences about how I made up my profile and successfully managed to land the job.
- If you have done MOOC's, then put them up in the summary/about-me section of your resume and definitely on your LinkedIn profile.
- Employers tend to love people who have done projects. So, if you have done any side-projects on statistics in your courses, include them on the resume and LinkedIn, explain them in detail. If it is a team project, much better, even your soft skills would get a small boost.
- Have a really nice Quora/Stats(Cross Validated) StackExchange profile. Having a nice profile in these forums would heavily boost the chances of your resume impressing the interviewers.
- In addition to the above profiles, have a nice Kaggle profile, where you can solve real world math/stats problems. If you are not a coder, then get a guy who can code your math and stats techniques for you, and you can participate as a team.
So, the take-away would be do as many micro/nice projects as you can which involves stats and math, and flaunt them on your resume. Firstly, make sure you do projects on the basic algorithms and techniques first, so that it helps you brush them up and know how they can be used for real world problems.
If you want to solve them by coding your techniques and algorithms and flaunt the graphs and simulations, then ask a friend of yours who code, for help.