I have over 15 years of IT experience, starting as an operator, then as a programmer and finally as an analyst.
I have taken several classes for Business Analyst and Project Management training.
Yet, I still can’t land a new position as a Business Analyst.
What would you suggest I try next ?
How Do You Get A New Business Analyst Position?
After several years of moving up the corporate ladder within the IT department from operator to business analyst what was once a dream career may start to feel more like a daily chore so you begin to look for a new position. Add struggling to find a new job to your daily pursuits, and your attitude may quickly become discouraged.
Stay fresh. Longevity of years in the same field will benefit you most when you keep a sense of newness to your work. Always keep learning, even when you believe you have attained the highest plateau.
Turn your job hunt into ultimate success. In the meantime, use what seems to be rejections and failure to create an excellent educational experience along the way by following these steps:
Step 1 – Send out Lots of Resume’s:
Getting a job is often a numbers game. Logically consider that the more business analyst jobs you submit your resume to, the more likely you are to find a good position.
Ask yourself: How long have you been looking for a position and how many positions have you submitted your resume to? How many jobs are you submitting your resume to on a weekly basis?
Take action: Submit your resume to many more jobs/positions than you ever have before. Of course, you won’t be sending your resume to every available job in the paper. Pinpoint business analyst or similar job positions that at least pique your interest. Send each resume with a brief cover letter that is worded to target the individual job posting. Better your chances for acceptance by using wording found in the job listing for each specific job opening you send your resume to.
Step 2 – Interview Constantly
Get your foot in the door with an interview to land the business analyst job you desire. Interviewing is an important step in your job hunting process, but not every interview is going to pan out. Put time and effort into your interviews. Look at job interviewing as if it is your current new job. Until you land the position that you want, interview like crazy.
Use each interview as hands-on practice, still giving it your best. Be prepared before each interview by researching enough about the company that you feel confident in talking about how you can contribute to their growth. Take the opportunity to shine a light on how your experience and abilities will benefit them. Use the interview time to demonstrate your learned business analyst skills by communicating well and presenting well-written documentation of your accomplishments.
Re-evaluate your situation: Are you interviewing for business analyst job positions frequently enough? If you are not, then your resume is being received and tossed aside by the hiring manager. If your resume’ is set aside by potential companies, it is time to discover why.
Take action: Rewrite your resume in a way that gets you more job interviews. Make your resume’ stand out and pop in a stack of other applicants. Make it look like thee resume of the ideal business analyst candidate.
Summarize your years of achievements in a concise manner on your resume’. Include necessary details, but don’t overwhelm with specifics. Include your qualifications, technical skills and professional experience and education. Highlight who you are, how many years you’ve been doing business analyst work and in what industry at the top of your resume, making it easy to read and intriguing enough that the hiring manager will want to read more.
Step 3 – Ask for Feedback and Re-evaluate
When you get an interview for a business analyst job and you are not asked to fill the position, what is the reason you are given for being passed over?
Don’t be afraid to ask. Use the interviewing process to gain important information for furthering your job hunt. An interview is an opportunity for you to get actionable intelligence or information. In other words, you should, and must, get feedback from those that interview you. Be careful not to shrink back upon receiving negative feedback. Analyze this feedback and then act on it.
Take action: Find out from each job interview in the past and going forward, why you are not being hired. Ask if it was your age, personality, experience or interviewing skills. Ask how you can improve, making it clear that you are not questioning or debating their decision to not hire you. Gain insight and then move forward using this helpful information to improve and eventually get asked back for a second interview or get offered the job on the spot.
Put life back into your job hunt by first re-evaluating your resume’, then take a look at how your interviewing process is flowing. Finally, use feedback from interviews to your advantage. Follow these steps to take control of your job hunt and ultimately land the career you want.