Are you an aspiring business analyst (BA) and/or are looking for a job in the business analytic field? If yes, you probably already know that finding a job as a BA is never an easy task. This is because for one to get a job in this competitive field, s/he has to be aggressive, hardworking and above all, know how to present themselves. To enable you do this, here are a few tips for business analyst job seekers that you should consider embracing:
1) Start using business analyst terminologies: To convince recruiters that you are qualified for the position being applied for, you should make use of appropriate business analysis terminologies. These ought to be used when writing your cover letter as well as when outlining your skills and achievements. As such, it’s important that you update yourself on the newest terms and terminologies being used in the field. For instance, instead of stating that you possess exemplary ‘data testing’ skills, you should use the term ‘user acceptance testing.’
2) Clearly address all employment gaps: Although some resume gurus encourage job seekers to hide employment gaps by reorganizing the format of their resume, it’s worth noting that once a recruiter takes notice of these gaps, they may automatically perceive you as being dishonest. Thus, instead of letting recruiters make false assumptions about you, you should address all employment gaps. This act will make recruiters view you as a professional who is honest. Also, try to highlight any self-improvement activities during these gaps like gaining more career-related certifications or anything else that sounds productive.
3) Carefully read the job postings: Instead of applying to any business analyst job you come across, take time to read both the job title and the responsibilities. That way, you can get insight on the job and know whether it’s good for you or not. The other reason why this is important is, at times, recruiters misuse the terms business analyst and systems analyst. Therefore, disregarding the job description can in many ways make you miss out on great opportunities or, apply for a post that you aren’t qualified for.
4) Network: Professional networking is highly important for it enables one to connect with like minded individuals who can later help them find jobs. All that one needs to do is prove that they are smart and dependable enough. It’s also worth noting that a lot of recruiters attend professional associations and other job seeker groups with the hope of meeting potential candidates and employees. The key here is to start visiting places and attending events that will enable you network with business analyst leaders.
5) Highlight your skills accurately: For you to find a job as a business analyst, you should neither underestimate yourself nor be dishonest. Instead, you should communicate and emphasize your skills honestly without making any exaggerations. However, these skills ought to be in line with what the employer is looking for.
In a nutshell, these six tips are all that it takes for a business analyst job seeker to increase their chances of getting invited for interviews and/or get a stable and well paying job.