how do I get back into the workforce as a business analyst with fortune 500 experience?

Dealing With Unemployment Gaps in My Resume
Dealing With Unemployment Gaps in My Resume

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I’m currently unemployed and have an employment gap on my resume.

I’ve worked as a business analyst for a fortune 500 consulting firm for less than 2 years in the past.

I’m trying to get back into the workforce and would like to know if business analysis classes / training will help me get my foot in the door.

Thank you!

Start By Setting Your Focus

When a captain of a ship sets sail, he charts his course and checks his compass. knowing that he may head into unexpected storms, or run into mechanical problems along the way.

In spite of any trouble he may have to overcome, he prepares himself with confidence as he sets his course, or focus, on the journey ahead.

In his book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People“, Stephen Covey discusses how that proactive people don’t spend their time worrying, or focusing, on things over which they have little or no control. Instead, they choose to concentrate on factors or circumstances which they can control.

Like the ship captain or any highly effective person, the first thing you must do when facing employment changes is to set your focus on getting a job offer.

Before you can convince the hiring manager, however, you must first convince yourself that you are qualified for the job. This won’t happen if, when you look at your resume, your eyes are constantly being drawn to employment gaps which make you feel less than adequate for a job posting.

so, start by shifting your focus from things which drain your confidence, such as gaps of employment on your resume.

Keep in mind that employment gaps are much more common than you think because people are always leaving the workforce.

One of the legitimate reasons why professionals leave a job is the need to develop additional skills. So, you can fill the employment gaps in your resume by learning new skills or honing existing skills.

Take an online training course, such as the Business Analyst Boot Camp. This will not only give you the hands-on training to do your job as a business analyst, it will also build the confidence you nee to do the job when you are hired!

Finally, training will help you fill the gaps in your resume because it allows you to do something productive with your time.

Do You Feel Less Than Confident?

Ask yourself one question: Based on your experience, do you feel confident doing the job of a Business Analyst?

If you answered yes, then simply update your resume to reflect your work experience, and any training acquired during your employment gaps. Then, begin to look for a business analyst job – with confidence.

If, on the other hand, your answer is no, remember that your lack of confidence will show through during the job interview. Actually, it has probably already determined the way you have written your resume’ and cover letter!

An employer is looking for you to answer one question: Are you the best candidate for the job? If you lack confidence, due to your employment gaps, the hiring manager will answer this question with a “no”, and hire someone less capable but more confident than you.

So, whether you have an employment gap on your resume or not, the most effective way to get hired is to focus on your ability to do the job.

Make sure your resume, your cover letter, and your attitude focuses on your assets, and what you will bring to a hiring company and not your liabilities (lack of experience, age, etc.).

Direct the interviewer’s attention to your experience and focus on your ability to do the job. Write your resume around your experience with the fortune 500 company, and draw very little, or no, attention to your employment gap.

Then, send out your resume’, complete with a personalized cover letter, and get ready to be called in for an interview.

Prepare yourself before the interview with documented examples of your work experience as a business analyst.

Select work examples where you shine. Most of all, present yourself with confidence that you are the best candidate for the job.

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One Response to "how do I get back into the workforce as a business analyst with fortune 500 experience?"

  1. Business Analysts Training   July 26, 2011 at 6:07 AM
    • Unemployment Gaps ON Your Resume

      Unemployment gaps are not that uncommon, so don’t be so scared of them 🙂

      Unemployment gaps are common because some people leave the workforce in other to to take care of a newborn or a kid or take a long vacation because they are burnt out or go back to college for more studies and education.

      So, don’t be too concerned about unemployment gaps on your resume as that fear or concern will show through at the job interview and actually prevent you from getting a job that you are qualified to get otherwise.

      Instead of focusing on the unemployment gaps on your resume, focus completely on your ability to do the job.

      Treat the unemployment gaps on your resume as the least of your concerns and your ability to do the job as your main obstacle to getting back into the workforce.

      This is one of the principles that we talk about in our career coaching.

      Following Stephen Covey’s advice, we coach people to focus on things that they can control and influence and not on things that they cannot control or influence.

      What Did Stephen Covey Say?

      In “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, Stephen Covey 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, do not focus on your unemployment gaps in your resume. That will cause you to be afraid, lack confidence and be anxious at the job interview, which will make the employer think that there is really something wrong with you.

      Here is a success principle:

      if you don’t act like you believe in yourself, employers will probably not hire you because the purpose of the job interview is for you to assure the employer that you can do the job.

      What you need to do is to increase your self confidence by answering the question of whether you are able to do a business analyst job by yourself.

      If you feel confident that you can do the job when hired based on your 2 years of business analysis experience then focus on getting a job as quickly as possible.

      If after analyzing a number of business analyst job descriptions posted for business analysts on websites like or, you feel that you are not ready or confident of your skills, then business analyst training classes or courses will help you … does that make sense?


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