“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again“, is a saying that generally works. However, if you want to increase your chances of entering the business analysis field, you will need more than “trial and error” to get a job interview!
You will need to have in hand, a resumé that shows how you qualify as a business analyst, even though your past positions were not specifically in business analysis.
Many new comers to the business analysis domain become frustrated! Even though they feel that the have obtained the necessary education and / or training, they still don’t end up getting as many calls for business analyst interviews, as they would like.
What is the missing link? Just like playing tennis is all in the wrist; getting job interviews is also … all in the resumé!
Your resumé should show hiring managers, recruiters and or their database software program, that you are a good fit for the business analyst position they are currently filling … instead of the former or current job position you are in.
In fact, getting calls for past or current job titles is a tell-tell sign that your resumé is not screaming “I’m ready for a business analyst position!“
So, I will now share three (3) major ideas you can use to spruce up your resumé for Business Analyst (BA) job interviews.
1. – Create A Meaningful Objective
You may have been told to make your objective general in order to get more interviews. Don’t do it! In fact, just the opposite will occur.
A vague objective gives the impression that you’re not sure exactly what you want to do. It’s a menu with an appetizer, but lists no entrée or dessert.
One way to get your objective noticed is to use words that match what is being asked for in the Business Analyst (BA) job description currently being filled or advertised.
You can start by going online and reviewing Business Analyst (BA) job postings so you can discover the common words that appear across the job boards.
Once you discover those “key words” … apply them to your your objective and then update your resume so that it’s written in the language of the BA job posting!
What if the recruiter skips your objective and goes directly to the body of your resumé?
Good question! What they will most likely review next are your job titles; and there is a way to make those better!
2. – Revise Your Job Titles
When a recruiter does skip your objective, your job titles are the next thing that their eyes look at.
For one reason, you have your job titles bolded or should … (hint!).
If your current or former job titles consist of “Software Developer”, “Data Analyst” or “Database Programmer”, you can expect to get calls on similar positions … which is not what you want, right?
The best way to avoid getting calls outside of the business analyst realm is to tweak your job titles to describe your former jobs in an accurate and honest manner.
So, this is a good opportunity to draw a title from a list of transferable business analysis skills, derived from the past positions that fit your intended business analyst role.
3. – Rely On Transferable BA Skills
After the recruiter has seen the evidence in your objective or job titles that you qualify for a business analyst position, it’s time to substantiate your claims with more evidence!
Match both the past and current responsibilities in each position listed on your resume with a typical Business Analyst job description.
Start this, by placing your transferable skills immediately after the job titles.
As the recruiter skims through these job titles, and then, on to your responsibilities, he / she will get a good view of your transferable skills or qualifications for the business analyst position at hand.
Remember to refer back to your generic Business Analyst job description to pull the right transferable skills to the forefront.
So, in your description of transferable skills, try to highlight times when you:
Analyzed and solved a business problem
Obtained buy-in across various departments
Conducted a business process analysis
Gathered, documented or presented the requirements for a project
Documented the requirements for a project using Use Cases, UML or even User Stories
Held responsibilities as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) or Business Analyst (BA)
Worked on a specific project as a business anaalyst
Your goal is to have your resumé tell a story with a happy ending, i.e. how you qualify as a business analyst.
Finally, make sure you have someone with good writing skills to review your resumé. He / she should give you some solid, relevant feedback.
The right resumé and the right feedback will turn your “trial and error” into job interviews.