How We Hire Researchers

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February 15, 2018, 11:00am–12:30pm PST
Free online event, pre-registration & EPIC Membership required


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Getting a foot in the door for a coveted researcher job can be a mysterious process at best. What qualities are employers looking for? What hard and soft skills are most attractive, and how do you let your potential employer know you have them? What makes your resume stand out from others? What would make you stand out from others?

This talk will feature perspectives from leaders in the EPIC community who have grown teams and hired novice and experienced researchers. It will unpack everything from what to call yourself and best ways to find relevant job postings, to the kinds of things that are most important to feature as you "market" yourself.


martha cottonMARTHA COTTON is Group Design Director at Fjord/Accenture Digital, where she is responsible for developing the design research practice for North America. Previously she was a Partner at gravitytank, where she led the research discipline and external marketing efforts. Her career began at eLab in 1990s and has included leadership roles at Sapient, Hall & Partners, and HLB, working across a wide variety of industries as an applied ethnographer and business consultant with clients ranging from General Mills to General Motors, SCJ to J&J, and Fidelity Investments to the U.S. Department of Security. Currently Martha is also adjunct faculty at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering, where she developed and teaches the Design Research curriculum for the MMM graduate program. She's a former co-chair of EPIC and current Secretary of the EPIC Board, and author of "The Sustaining Impact of Anthropology in Business" in the Handbook of Anthropology and Business.

DONNA FLYNN is the Vice President of WorkSpace Futures and Market Insights at Steelcase. She leads a global team of researchers that delve into wicked problems around the future of work and translate those insights to inform the design of strategies, products, and services. Donna joined Steelcase in 2011 from Microsoft, where she held a number of user experience leadership roles in product groups focused on mobility, healthcare, and consumer strategy. Prior to Microsoft, she led client projects for Sapient in San Francisco, working with technology and telecommunications clients such as Cisco Systems, Sun Microsystems, and Sprint. Earlier in her career she worked on international development and microfinance with the International Center for Research on Women, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the World Bank. Donna received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Northwestern University in 1997.