How To Get An IT Business Analyst Job

How To Get An IT Business Analyst Job?
How To Get An IT Business Analyst Job?

On of my readers needs help with finding a business analyst job, so I am posting the information I provided to him in this article.

If you have any questions about this or about your business analyst career, post it as comment at the end of this post and I would also answer or address it for you.

Here is the business analyst career question posted by my reader:

Hi – my greatest challenge is the fact that I’ve never held an IT Business Analyst position.

I’m convinced I can do the job based on my experience, but I have not had any interviews outside of my current employer.

I had a few interviews in my current company but was being sabotaged by my former boss so I never got the job.

As the economy has dived over the last few months, I am not getting any offers for interviews. I’ve given up trying to get into the IT Bus Analyst field for now.

What do I need to do to get back into the ‘hunt’? And, how do I convey to potential employers that I am the man for the job?

Here is how this business analyst can address the situation facing him:

Why Do IT Managers Hire Business Analysts?

IT Managers hire business analysts with skills, training and experience matching specific jobs.

IT Managers list a wide range of business analysts skills in job postings including UML, Use Cases, Requirements Elicitation.

IT Managers Are Looking For Hands-on Business Analysis Experience

The Key to getting a business analyst job is to find out what employers or hiring managers are looking for and then give it back to them.

This sounds quite easy and simple, but believe me, it is not that easy. There is a lot that goes into following this straightforward advice.

What are IT Managers hiring for? IT Managers are looking for hands-on skills, experience and expertise in specific knowledge areas.

You may already have some of the requisite skills and experience based on your previous or current job experience.

Some of the most frequently asked for skills are included in the business analyst course curriculum listed here …

Tailor Your Resume To Business Analyst Jobs

You may already be able to do a business analyst job based on your current experience so, why not also work on improving your current resume so that it reflects the experience or skills you already have in business analysis?

Begin by highlighting and expanding on the business analysis tasks you have performed in the past.

Put more spotlight on the skills you utilized, the business analysis roles and responsibilities you held (formally or informally) and the results you achieved.

You want to joggle your memory and bring out every relevant detail. Imagine that you are making your case in front of a skeptical judge.

Your prosecutor is the list of job candidates that would make a better presentation than you. The arguments in your favor is your resume.

Your business analyst resume has to be very convincing for you to get the job.

Improve Your Business Analyst Resume

The strongest argument that you can make will be along the lines of experience, resume and skills.

So, you want to marshal all your arguments forcefully on your resume because if you don’t, you may never get a second chance.

If your resume is not convincing, you may not get a second chance or a follow-up phone interview or a face to face interview or the job or an offer or the ability to pay your mortgage … you get the picture?

Add More hands-on business analysis experience to your resume!

The fastest way to get hired for an IT business analyst job is not your educational qualification or your business analysis certification but your hand-on business analysis experience!Are you surprised about that?

IT Managers know that certifications can sometimes be gamed!

There are horror stories about job candidates who have the perfect certifications and the perfect scores and then fail to perform on the job after they are hired!

These sorts of candidates have damaged the credibility of the certification market! But experience cannot be gamed

It either you have experience or you don’t. Because IT Managers are looking for hands-on experience, your can cut to the chase by getting a lot of hands-on business analyst experience such as that offered through the business analyst boot camp online training here:

There are other ways to gain hands-on experience and I discuss this next:

  • Start again by volunteering for non-profit organizations. They are plenty of them around and in this recession they will be needing your help even more!

  • Do a good job and ask the non-profit organization to provide you a reference for for the work you’ve done for them.

  • Use your spare time in the evenings and weekends to rack up your experience and references.

  • Then go on a job hunt. Start by sending your resume to multiple recruiters (not just one or two recruiters), telling them that you are in the market for a business analyst job. Then just sit back and wait for them to line up business analyst job interviews for you.

  • That is all you need to do. Take massive action towards landing your dream business analyst job and while you are on it, forget about the economy or the recession or your manager who denied you the opportunity to move ahead.

FYI: Stephen Covey in “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” mentions that proactive people do not worry or focus on factors or things over which they have little or no control … instead they focus on their “Sphere Of Influence” … those factors or circumstances over which they exercise control.

So, while you may not be able to change the past or the economy or the recession, you can dramatically improve:

  • Your Business Analyst Resume

  • Your Business Analyst Hands On Experience

  • Your Business Analysis Job Interview Skills

If you have any question or challenge about your business analyst career, go ahead and post it as a comment at the end of this article and I will address it for you.

47 Responses to "How To Get An IT Business Analyst Job"

  1. rajendra   June 10, 2010 at 4:11 am

    hi,

    I do have 4 yrs experience in medical insurance( wrkd as a subject matter expert). Because of my masters programme i left my job and now i’ve completed my masters.(i do have a gap of 16 months). I would like to go as a BA in medical insurance. Please advice whether i can go as a BA or not.

    is my master’s going to help me. if yes, how.

    if possible pls post a few sample medical insurance sample resumes

    Thanks a lot

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  2. Abraham Ilori   June 9, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I have a degree in Economics, buti have not be able to work in my area of knowledge, i have a interest in Business Analyst, What do you think i can do.

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    • IT Career Coach   June 9, 2010 at 10:35 pm

      Learn business analysis from scratch. A degree in Economics, an MBA or a business degree are good starting points but are not required for a business analysis job.

      A business degree (economics, MBA, etc.) does not qualify you for a business analyst job because the educational requirements are specialized. By that I mean that they are not transferable from other industries or occupations.

      This may seem hard to you considering that you have already spent so many years in college which is a good thing by itself … just not what you need to transition into a business analyst career.

      With that in mind, it doesn’t matter if your first degree was uin economics or social sciences or computer science,. And no you should not pl;an on going back to college again to learn business analysis 🙂

      If you are interested in learning more about the educational requirements for a business analysis job, I suggest that you download the curriculum provided here

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  3. Jyoti Bhadoria   June 4, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Hi.

    This is jyoti Bhadoria from Pune.

    I am working with life insurance co. and total work exp of Insurance in 4 & half yrs. but now i want to work in IT sector as a business analyst.

    I asked so many friends they are working in IT sectors But not as abusiness analyst.some of friends are saying that learn UML& MS-visio.

    But in pune I am not finding these courses so please suggest me what should i do?

    I am not having any exp of Business analyst.

    Thanks

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    • IT Career Coach   June 9, 2010 at 11:11 pm

      Learning UML & Vision does not make you into a business analyst! Sofftware Programmers and Testers as well as Technical Writers use Visio & UML and yet they are not business analysts.

      Don’t be Tool-Minded. I know that a lot of people are because they can learn a specific Software or Tool like Java, SAP, Microsoft.NET and then get a job based on that.

      But becoming a business analyst has nothing to do with learning a software or tool. It has a lot to do with learning business analysis concepts like UML (the proces and nto the tool), Use Cases, Requirements Elicitation, etc.

      I suggest that you take the time to famililiarize yourself with the skills requirements for business analysis jobs as discussed in the business analyst curriculum here.

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  4. Bee   February 5, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    I want to know the non-profit organizations in TX who would give me hands on training to learn BA.I have no IT background that why I want to become just BA and not an IT BA.I dont know anything about technology.
    Where do I find such organizations and how do I approach them??

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    • IT Career Coach   February 5, 2010 at 7:55 pm

      #texas #nonprofit non-profit business analyst training does not exist.

      You need to stop looking for companies that would train you for free becase that the chances of you finding a needle in a haystack is better than that.

      First get the training and then look for companies that would employ you or hire you because you are a trained and competent professional.

      Twenty years ago, the norm was for companies (non-profit or for-profit) to train you after the hired you. You were promised a plethora of training and career advancement opportunities and the burden was in the employer to take care of you.

      These days, the burden is on you to get trained and competent and then hire yourself out for wages.

      It is a completely different mindset!

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  5. JK   February 3, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Hai,
    I Have an experience of 13 years of experience in Sales of Banking, Insurance and Investment products. Will I be fit for Business Analyst.

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    • IT Career Coach   February 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm

      #businessanalysts #jobs you are fit for a business analyst career when you take the time to learn business analysis and you take the time to get hands-on business analysis experience.

      As a Sales, Banking, Insurance and Investment professional you can focus on becoming a Domain Business Analyst by getting some BA Experience, Training and then look for to leverage your current domain experience doing business analysis.

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  6. SHANJAY   February 2, 2010 at 3:41 am

    IM A MS(CHEMISTRY) DEGREE HOLDER WITH INTERMEDIATE COMMUNICATION AND MS OFFICE SKILLS.

    CAN I BECOME A BUSINESS ANALYST?

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    • IT Career Coach   February 2, 2010 at 5:14 am

      #businessanalyst : your BA career prospects is not tied to your education or lack of it. You simply have to learn what business analysts do, get some handson experience and then rewrite your resume with that information.

      So, yes you can become a business analyst with an MS in Chemistry and MS Office Skills!

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  7. jyotsana   January 17, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Hi!

    I am an engineer graduate in electronics & telecommunication.

    Can you tell me how can I perceive my carreer in business analyst.

    My percentage is very less so i need to know how to overcome to get a job.will be awaiting for your reply
    thx & regards

    jyotsana

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    • IT Career Coach   January 31, 2010 at 10:08 pm

      College degrees or majors have little to do with becoming a business analyst.

      Employers do not expect you to learn business analysis in college. Even if you did, they won’t pay attention to that because they are looking for your hands-on business analysis experience or training.

      Notice that I said hands-on business analysis training or experience because … you can get hands-on business analysis experience even from a training program like the “Business Analyst Boot Camp”.

      So in the real world, your academic training has less of an impact on your career than what you actually do with it!

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  8. Marco   November 4, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    I have 7 years technical experience in Oracle development. I have lead numerous projects in the past. I got a job offer for Business Analyst for Oracle. I was wondering if this holds a good future in my career. Could you enlighten me?

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  9. ms   May 23, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Hi

    I have 17 years of experience in project and operations management, but in a non IT field.

    In my current job as an operations manager my main responsibility is to gather requirements from different departments and suggest process improvements.

    i have a good knowledge of excel, VBA and have developed many user interfaces for transaction processing and manifest planning. can i make a move into a BA role and how?

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  10. Ali   April 24, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Hello sir,

    I’m interested in pursuing a career as a BA. I have an undergraduate degree in finance, and I’m thinking of doing a 1 year Business Analyst postgraduate program at a community college. I have 1 year project management experience, and 1 year technical support experience. (recent graduate)

    My question to you:

    1. is it worth doing the 1 year postgraduate program at the Community College?
    2. what is the job market for this profession?
    3. can I get work sponsorship in the States?

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  11. Penguin19   April 13, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Hello!

    Is this the right kind of market to be looking for BA jobs?

    I am a Comp Sci + Econ major, working as IT developer since 4-5 yrs.

    I am planning to make a switch to BA. Most of my duties revolve around getting with the user to support in house apps.

    My question is, is this the right time to be looking for this kind of opportunity?

    Appreciate your time and comments in advance!

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    • Kingsley Tagbo   April 13, 2009 at 7:54 pm

      Hi:

      It is a competitive job market … but what are the options?

      What are your options if you don’t go for a business analyst job?

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    • IT Career Coach   February 21, 2010 at 10:42 am

      the right time to switch to a BA job is now because there will always a challenge in front of you.

      Asking the question makes it sound like you don’t have a genuine reason, strong motivation or good enough reason to become a business analyst.

      There is no good time or bad time to become a busines analyst or switch your career to business analysis.

      If you say that the economy is recovering or improving and because of that, you should become a business analyst, you would be facing competition from others switching careers to business analysis.

      if you say that this is not a good time to switch careers and become a business analyst, it means that others wanting to switch careers are going to be thinking the same thing … this is not a good time to switch careers and become a business analyst. Because of the lower competition, your resume will receive more attention as well.

      There is no right time or wrong time to do what you love.

      Besides, if you start now, you will figure out what you have to do to switch your career earlier.

      So, decide if you want to switch careers to business analysis and then become a business analyst … if this is the right time for you based on your readiness and not based on how good or bad you think the job market is!

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  12. Kingsley Tagbo   April 10, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Nikki:

    When volunteering at a nonprofit for hands on experience, ask to be placed in the Systems or Information Technology (IT) department or area.

    Thank you

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  13. Nikki   April 10, 2009 at 12:57 am

    When attempting to volunteer at a nonprofit for hands on experience, what type of position/area should I ask to be placed in?

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  14. GJ   March 27, 2009 at 8:59 am

    What are some suggestions for the unemployed and those that cannot afford paid training?

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    • Kingsley Tagbo   March 27, 2009 at 9:07 am

      GJ:

      That is a really good question. Your question “What are some suggestions for the unemployed and those that cannot afford paid training?” has been on my mind for a while, but I must confess, I haven’t done something to address it.

      So, I am going to give analyze the options carefully and then get back to you perhaps today or next week.

      But thank you for asking 🙂

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      • GJ   February 1, 2010 at 9:34 am

        Hello;

        I am awaiting your reply. Have you had the opportunity to address the options for the unemployed wanting training? Thank you.

        GJ

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        • IT Career Coach   February 2, 2010 at 4:44 am

          #jobs: GJ, we are working on a plan to mentor or coach unemployed IT professionals including those interested in becoming project managers or software testers or starting some other career.

          You should be hearing some announcements this week … and of course, you should be one of the very first to participate 🙂

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        • IT Career Coach   February 7, 2010 at 5:57 pm

          We still have you on our mind and will be getting back to you soon, OK?

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  15. Kingsley Tagbo   March 26, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Theresa:

    Your background in Finance and your interest in databases matches that of a “would be business analyst.

    It is also a great idea to gian hands-on experience before you finish from college. I did the same thing more than 15 years ago, and it helped me greatly.

    I have written articles on this site on how to get hands-on business analysis experience. You are welcoem to take advantage of those articles.

    Right now, I don’t have a list of non-profit organizations. You should be able to compile that and perhaps share that with the members of this site.

    On the other hand, I may put together a more professional, internship program for business analysts. If I do, be sure to sign up for the news and to take advantage of that.

    Let me know if I can be of service in any other way.

    Best Wishes

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  16. Theresa   March 26, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Hi,

    I am currently in my third year of school and I am interesting in becoming a business analyst.

    I recently took a computer class and it caused my interest in databases. My major is in finance.

    I am looking for ideas on how to improve my resume and get hands on experience while I am still working towards my degree.

    Do you have any ideas? What type of non-profit organizations or places would be good to inquire about volunterring to get hands on experience?

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  17. GH   March 11, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Hi,

    Thanks for the great post. I am having an interview tomorrow for an IT BA position. Hope I get it!

    I have the same question as GJ: Can you specify different non-profit organizations or places to inquire about volunteering to get hands-on experience?

    Thanks!

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  18. Kingsley Tagbo   March 9, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    GJ:

    1.)Self Study: reading business analysis topics alone will not provide you with the hands-on eexperience that hiring managers are looking for.

    2.) Business Analyst Training: Just getting business analyst training will alone will not help either because even though you will get an in-depth knowledge from a business analyst training program, you won’t get hands-on experience or practical business analysis skills from most training events

    3.) Certification: Getting business analyst certification is not the same thing as getting handson business analyst experience either. This article explains why: http://www.it-career-coach.net/2009/03/09/which-comes-first-certification-or-training/

    You need a training program like our job search training program or our business analyst boot camp training that is specificaly designed to help you get hands-on business analysis experience or real-world skills.

    The information that you are looking for is actually covered during our job search coaching and the practical skills is covered during our business analyst boot camp.

    Please let me know if you have any questions about either or these programs

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  19. GJ   March 9, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Can you specify different non-profit organizations or places to inquire about volunteering to get hands-on experience?

    I am trying to break into this field but even by reading and not doing, I can easily get stumped in interviews and the hiring manager quickly decides I am probably incapable of the job.

    I need hands on but don’t know where or how to get it.

    Thanks.

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  20. maggie   February 27, 2009 at 6:43 am

    I did not intend to be IT BA, sorry, maybe give u wrong information.

    What I want to do is Business Analyst, I have no experience about BA, so can u tell me how to get it start?

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    • Kingsley Tagbo   February 27, 2009 at 7:10 am

      Maggie:

      I can definitely tell you how to get your BA career started.

      Can you tell me why you want to be a BA and not an IT BA?

      What differences do you see between a BA Career and an IT BA Career?

      Thank you

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