Posted by tac_admin, May 15, 2013

A BA’s Resume: Get Your Foot in the Door

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If your true calling is to be a business analyst, then you’re in good company! There are few careers more diverse, challenging, upwardly mobile, or as rewarding as a BA career.

But like any other job candidate, your resume will determine whether or not you get the interview in the first place.

Learn how to showcase your BA qualifications and expertise on your resume, even if you’ve never held the job title of “business analyst.” I’ll show you how in these 5 tips:

1. Treat Your Business Analyst Resume Like a Sales Document.

The first thing you have to believe when putting together your resume is that it’s a sales document—and it’s selling you. This means you can be selective about the skills and experience you include and emphasize in your resume, and you should organize your resume so that it presents your qualifications in the best possible way.

2. Create a Summary Made to Pass the Recruiters’ Scan.

Most recruiters scan your resume instead of read it, but there are a few elements that they will hone in on. The first one of these is your summary statement. Take this opportunity to be as concrete and concise as possible while you highlight your business analysis accomplishments and make it clear that you are qualified for the BA jobs to which you are applying.

3. Tweak Your Job Titles.

Make sure if the recruiter reads nothing else, their eyes do not miss your job titles. These should be in bold so they stand out. If you are trying to break into the BA field, you may need to consider tweaking your job titles to present your recent job roles honestly and accurately. Oftentimes, we BAs work under myriad other titles, but our actual day-to-day work is strictly business analysis. Make sure you give yourself credit for the work you do with a lightly tweaked job title that honestly reflects your role.

4. Use Business Analysis Terminology to Demonstrate Your Capabilities.

The fact that your business analyst resume is a sales document also means that you can use different terminology to translate your skills into business analysis, even if you did not use those terms when you actually did the work. These are called transferable business analysis skills, and you’ll want to craft bullet points to draw attention to this information.

5. Address Any Employment Gaps Upfront.

Don’t give others the opportunity to make false assumptions about you and your work. If you were out of work for a period of time, address it outright on your resume.Tell an honest story that shows you are ready to fulfill the role of a professional business analyst.

Want more help in securing your dream job? Sign up for On the BA Job Market today to learn how to communicate your expertise and interview like a seasoned professional!


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