I am a senior in college majoring in Management Information Systems.
I’ve recently interned with a company as a Business Analyst and decided that’s what I want to be when I grow up.
I am wondering if there is any certifications or training I should do before I graduate in May 2013.
If so- are there some that are more prestigious than others? Any to stay away from?
Obviously I want to gain more knowledge, have a better understanding and develop some useful skills before graduating and becoming a BA.
Please let me know your thoughts.
Here Is The Answer To Tandy’s Question
How To Beef Up My Resume For A Entry Level Business Analyst Position?
In today’s competitive market, on-the-job experience is in high demand. Getting hired is often decided by how you present your work experience on a resume. Any and every experience is looked upon favorably. Put your internship experience to work for you and use it to beef up your resume and get a business analyst job.
Upon completion of an internship, find a business analyst job and get hired with a good resume, excellent job interviewing skills, great hands-on experience and highly functional job searching skills. Start by paying close attention to how you present yourself in your resume because this is the first impression you will make to a potential employer.
Formatting your resume is important
Hiring managers have limited time to weed through stacks of applicants. Even the most well-trained and seasoned business analyst may get passed over for a job simply because the format of their resume was too complicated to read through in a timely manner. Make your resume stand out by summarizing your best assets on the top half of the first page of your resume.
Which is best: Certifications or experience?
Certifications can be good or helpful to you but they are not designed to help you get a job. No certifications are required for a business analyst job.
Look carefully at your internship experience as well as any other related experience and design your resume to summarize what you have to offer.
Ask yourself a series of questions, and use your answers to form the framework for a solid resume that reflects someone who has the experience to do the job of a business analyst. Instead of asking “which certifications will help me get a job”, ask six questions along these lines:
1. Did You Benefit from your Internship?
If yes, what did you get out of that internship: knowledge, skills, experience? Write everything down in a brainstorming session before you even begin to format your resume.
After you have compiled a list of how your internship benefitted you, begin to categorize each item into what skill you used to accomplish each one. Set them up as bullet points and build upon each one to show what experience you gained from your internship.
You will be surprised at how quickly your resume will begin to come together, and in the process, you will build your confidence when you begin to see on paper what you have actually already learned and done through your internship.
2. What type of experience is needed for business analyst jobs?
Business analysts need a variety of skills to get the job done, and each job opening will require a slightly different set of skills. The bare bones description of a business analyst is someone who bridges a gap to reach a solution, usually between the IT department and business.
Prove that you have the necessary skills by focusing on the basic skills required of every business analyst. These skills include:
-excellent written and verbal communication skills, including knowing how to ask the right questions and how to listen and document everything
-problem solving skills
-managerial or leadership skills
Highlight any and every related experience you derived from your internship.
3. What type of industry (e.g. finance, banking, CRM) will help me get a business analyst job?
Think of it this way: If you visit a foreign country where you already know how to speak the language, you can focus on more things other than merely learning how to communicate while you’re there. If you already know a particular industry well, half the battle has been won toward working as a business analyst in that specific domain. Less training time will be needed in that regard, and this will make you more appealing to a hiring manager. Emphasize any special domain knowledge and internship experience you have.
4. How many years of experience do I need to demonstrate on my resume? If I don’t have the requisite number years of experience, what should I do?
Think quality not quantity. Keep in mind that it’s not so much how many years you have been on the job, but rather what you did with that time. You could be on the job with a business analyst title for years and really have nothing to show for it. Likewise, you may only have one internship under your belt yet already proven yourself as someone who will make a difference.
Present the skills you have learned and express how you applied these skills toward a job well done during your internship. Focus particularly on any leadership initiative you took on during your internship or training.
5. How should I re-write my resume to reflect my business analysis interests, skills & passion as opposed to how others in non-information technology oriented jobs do it?
Those seeking a job within the IT profession need to write their resume to not only spotlight experience and knowledge as a business analyst but also summarize technical knowledge in a concise and professional yet interesting format that will capture attention.
One way to accent technical knowledge is to list your skills in a horizontal checklist format across the top of the resume and centered just above your experience. Be sure to include specific terminology and desired skills listed in each specific job you apply for on your resume or in your curriculum vitae.
6. How do I find and apply to enough business analyst jobs to guarantee that the maximum number of potential employers see me and/or interview me?
Upon first glance, it seems to make sense that the odds of landing a job are better with the more resumes you send out. However, in reality sending out numerous resumes is often a waste of time because you are not focusing your skills toward a specific job opening. Your resume will most likely blend in with the rest and be discarded since it will appear to be just a blanket resume. Ultimately, it is quality over quantity that wins.
Writing your resume is an art that is learned over several years. Get professional help with your resume to be sure you are doing it right and follow these helpful tips to beef up your resume in a way that will do credit to your existing experience.