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This question is about the benefit of Business Analyst Certtifications


I have an IT background with a computer science degree. And I have four years of experience as a software developer.

Recently I completed an MBA (International Business) from UK. I also passed the ITIL v3 and and soon will be passing IIBA foundation certification.

And It has been more than 6 months and still I could not enter into the Business Analysis field ...

Here Is The Answer ...

If you have an Information Technology (IT) background, a Computer Science degree, an MBA in International Business, an ITIL V3 Certificate and an IIBA Certificate, and you cannot get a business analyst job, you must be missing a vital ingredient despite appearances.

Here are a few things that can dramatically boost your acceptance as a business analyst ...

  • Do You Have The Personality Of A Business Analyst?

    At a job interview, what you are speaks so loudly that no one can hear what you say. That is because you are evaluated by your actions and not just by how well you can talk the part.

    Regardless of how many certifications or college degrees you acquire, you will have a hard time selling yourself, if you don't sound like you will be comfortable carrying on a conversation with a CEO.

    A computer science degree, an MBA, an ITIL certificate or an IIBA certification will not change your personality for you, especially if you look and act more like a technical software developer than a business analyst at the job interview.

    Read This Post: Why Your Personality Should Match Your Career

  • Do You Have Excellent Interviewing Skills?

    There is an art to Acing Job Interviews. As your Career Coach, I will advice you to start by rehearsing and preparing exhaustively and intensively for the job interview, at a minimum 2 months, before you start taking job interviews.

    It is even better, if you get someone else to actually judge or interview you and give you some feedback as to how you perform at interviews. It will of course be better for you to get assistance on your interview performance from a skilled interviewer, technical recruiter, etc.

    One really good tip you can put into practice right away is: "Ask Each Employer Why They've Decided Not To Hire You After Each Job Interview". Then collate all that information and use it to figure out what you are doing wrong.

    How To Answer Business Analyst Job Interviews

    If you are an older candidate, make sure that you are clean shaven, with your white hair dyed black (guys). Regardless of your age or sex make sure that your dressing is impeccable and professional and don't forget to wear a suite, polished shoes, polished handbags and attache cases, etc.

  • Does Your Resume Really Reflect Your Business Analysis Experience?

    If you have UML, Use Cases, Requirement Gathering, SDLC and RDBMS experience and are still having challenges with getting a business analyst job, answer this question:

    Does your resume paint a picture of where you are going instead of where you are coming from?

    In other words, is your resume written professionally and in such a manner that it portrays you not as a "software developer" or a "wannabe business analyst" but as a 'Bona Fide Business Analyst"?

  • Have You Completed Entire Projects As A Business Analyst?

    Do you have projects that span some considerable time (3 months, 6 months, 1 year), that you have worked on from inception to launch as a business analyst?

    If yes, are these projects clearly and convincingly documented on your resume in such a way that any employer can compare the business analysis projects under your belt to those offered in their organization?

  • Are You Targeting The Right Industries For Employment

    Only a few, select industries, sectors, skillsets and backgrounds or experience are considered HOT compared to those which are not!

    So, here is my question to you: "are your skills hot, marketable or cutting-edge and can you prove that their is a high-demand for your skills based on current employment / hiring trends?

    For more information, read this post titled: "This Type Of Experience Can Jump Start Your Career!"


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