Now is a good time to “consider a more flexible career” because all the changes taking place in the marketplace are fundamentally transforming the way we work as well as the opportunities available to us!
This is great news for anyone interested in a more flexible career or employment including options to work from home, consult for companies or retire or travel while earning an income!
If you work in an office where requirements management is a low priority, an afterthought or a process imposed by senior management, you may begin to lose sight of the value that requirements management offers.
In between chasing down your stakeholders for interviews, wrestling with your use cases or managing conflict and corporate politics, you may decide to abort what sometimes seems like meaningless meetings or endless paperwork.
What you may not know is that the reason you’re chasing down stakeholders or having so much trouble gathering requirements is that you don’t have an effective Requirements Management framework in place.
I’ve taken dozens of IT job interviews with various IT departments ranging from small IT shops to Fortune 500 IT departments to non-profits to consulting firms to staffing or recruitment agencies!
I’ve been interviewed and hired for both management and non-management IT positions. I’ve personally interviewed, hired and also coached IT Professionals who’ve gone on to wow their interviewers or ace the IT positions they wanted.
I’ve been in several situations where to get the next consulting assignment, I interviewed with several firms and also received multiple, competing job offers!
Is a business analyst with domain knowledge more valuable than a business analyst without domain knowledge?
By looking at how business analyst job descriptions are written, you may be tempted to say yes!
Business Analyst job descriptions are written as if there is a distinction between IT oriented business analysts with skills in UML, Use Cases, Requirements Elicitation, Requirements Modeling and domain oriented business analysts with knowledge in specific domains like sales, marketing, customer relationship management, insurance, finance!
One of the toughest challenges facing business analysts today is building the domain experience required for business analyst jobs.
Acquiring business analyst domain experience from scratch is hard because you need to get a job before you can build domain expertise … yet no-one will give you a job without that required domain experience!
This post however discusses how to get around the business analyst domain experience required for business analysis jobs.
Use Cases skills are in-demand for documenting or communicating the functional requirements of a system
Use Cases skills are employed in product design roles, software development or architecture roles and are among the most sought-after skills for business analyst jobs
Why Use Cases Training for Business Analysts?
Here are some of benefits of Use Case training for business analysts:
Use Cases are effective for documenting the business processes, requirements (business or system), features and functionality of a system. So Use Cases skills are needed at the problem analysis or requirements gathering phase, software design or development phase or testing phase
How you value knowledge tells me a lot about who you are … because knowledge capital is the most important resource in any organization.
In the digital age, what makes one employee more valuable than the next employee is simply stated … the amount of knowledge, skill, expertise, training and learning they have managed to acquire and put to use.
Now, managers are not interested in employees that know it all … only in employees that constantly put their knowledge capital to work by solving corporate problems or challenges … those employees are the gold mines in any organization.
Looking for a new business analyst job can be intimidating whether you are a seasoned business analyst looking for a challenging business analyst position or you are applying for entry-level business analyst positions.
If you do not handle your business analyst job search correctly, you may be passed over for positions that you are really qualified for or your resume may never get to the desk of the hiring managers or you may get discouraged by the lack of interest in your resume from potential employers.
I am taking questions from readers like you on business analyst training or software developer coaching, training or mentoring … so go ahead and post your important questions.
I want to answer questions about developing your skills, taking phone or technical interviews, preparing your resume, finding a job, getting training, coaching or mentoring, getting real-world, hands-on experience, getting ahead or getting promotions at work, transitioning to a new career, dealing with difficult relationships at work, beginning your career or advancing your career to a senior or expert level, so read the questions and answers below first and then post your question.
Would you be interested in getting additional business analyst training on how to get business analyst jobs or begin a business analyst career?
What I have in mind is a step-by-step online and email based business analyst training program that provides you with the opportunity to gain marketable business analyst career skills, real world experience and the courage to get your dream job.
The Business Analyst Internship Program
If you are wondering if this online business analyst training program is for you, here are some criteria for helping you decide:
One life skill that strikes fear into the hearts of business analysts and computer programmers alike is sales and marketing skills.
Looking For A Job Is A Sales And Marketing Process
For too long, technical professionals have assumed that sales and marketing is something you need if you’re a sales rep for a pharmaceutical company, a used car salesperson, real estate agent, a marketing executive or someone else in a non-technical job.
This assumption is so seriously flawed ? nothing could be farther from the truth. Every time you look for a job, email your resume to a hiring manager, interview for a job or negotiate your salary or bill rate, you are performing sales and marketing tasks.
It’s Proven Difficult to Prepare for Business Analyst Job Interviews
Presently, it’s challenging to study for business analyst interviews because job boards, job descriptions, hiring managers and human resources (hr) specialists are not consistent in what they are looking for in a business analyst.
While some emphasize communication skills, others emphasize leadership skills in business analyst job postings.
While some business analyst job openings emphasize requirements gathering, analysis and documentation, others emphasize software development skills, reporting skills or data analysis skills.
The business analyst career is one of the most misunderstood professions in the information technology or software development industry.
The majority of software development professionals who understand the network administrator, database administrator, web developer, computer programmer, IT manager or IT director’s role fail at understanding or appreciating the roles, responsibilities and career opportunities available to business analysts.
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