I have 7 years of recruitment & HR background and I want to make a career transition to Business Analysis.
How do I go about doing that?
Make a career change from a position as a Human Resource recruiting job to a business analyst. Use skills you would use as a business analyst to make this transition, from asking all the right questions and evaluating your decision to documentation and every other detail. Build a resume’ right where you are to get the experience and land a career as a business analyst.
Evaluate your Decision
Before you make a career change, ask yourself, “why?” Out of the vast variety of career options available, why do you want to become a business analyst? Your answer will direct you to your next best step.
You’ve decided you want to be a business analyst, now what?
Decide whether you want to specialize as a domain business analyst or as an Internet Technology (IT) business analyst. Both begin with the basic characteristics of what a business analyst does. The key role of a business analyst is to bridge a gap with a focus on requirements.
The main difference is the amount of concentration put on IT or on a specific domain. Make this decision by first listing all of the reasons why you think each of these career paths work for you.
The term Business Analyst is a job description and Domain Expert is more of a statement of status, expertise or experience.
A Business Analyst has the skills and responsibility to understand a business problem or issue, grasp how the entire process flows, understands information structure and other pertinent information to transform it all into a well-structured and concise format that others can easily understand.
In software, they usually take business requirements and produce
the business level specifications used by systems analysts and software developers to create software technology solutions to business problems.
Business analysts who work solely on developing software systems may be called IT business analysts. Some of their duties include:
• Providing a bridge between business and IT
• Solving problems with IT solutions
• Performing functional design
Domain Business Analysts are business analysts who are experts in
a particular field. Often this expertise takes years to attain. However, at their foundation, they are a business analyst who specializes in a specific area.
Compare and Document
Get out a pen and paper. Documentation skills are extremely important in the daily work of a business analyst. Begin your pursuit to become a business analyst by practicing this skill right now.
Begin to document your existing business analysis experience that you use in your current Human Resources position. For example, if as a recruiter, you sit down with department heads to understand their goals and hiring needs, this is a business analysis skill you are currently practicing.
Compare Human Resource Recruiter with Business Analyst Role
As the role of a business analyst varies from company to company, so does the role of a human resource worker. Some of the job duties a human resource manager may be conducting on a daily basis overlap into what a business analyst is expected to do.
Human Resource managers serve as a liason or an ambassador between the employees and the company much like a business analyst will bridge the gap between IT and company solutions.
Human Resource personnel must learn excellent interviewing skills, a skill that business analysts also need.
Human Resource workers must learn to listen, conduct meetings and communicate well, a skill that business analysts also need.
Make a list of your current Human Resource job duties and then begin expanding on these tasks to see how they relate to what a business analyst does.
Begin with a list of your current skills:
• Team Building and employee relations
• Performance Management
• Salary and Benefits
• Policy Recommendations
• Organization Development
Branding and Positioning for Business Analyst Jobs
Business analyst skills are portable from domain to domain. Learn business analyst skills first then use any business analysis domain experience you already have to start a personal branding campaign targeting the Business Analyst industry.
Use the internet and other online / web-based resources to mingle, network and talk to professionals in domains you are interested in, such as healthcare, finance, manufacturing, telecommunications or wherever your interests draw you.
Offer them something of value – some advice, service, information, etc. that makes you valuable and that sets you apart as a potential candidate. For example, you can start offering valuable insights from your career as a recruiter for business analysts looking into getting a job.
Act as if you are already a business analyst right where you are before you turn in a resignation to leave your job. Get your feet wet without making a plunge into an entirely new career by doing the work of a business analyst right now on your job in Human Resources.
Every industry has issues or problems. Get to know the specific issues of concern right where you are in your current position. Choose the ones you are capable of solving and then do just that.
Rewrite your Resume
Perhaps you were thinking that this step should be first. However, you cannot begin to update your resume until you have the experience to frame your new resume’ well. First, work on becoming a better business analyst by working through the above suggestions then re-write your resume to include your activities, results and experience as a Business Analyst.
Begin circulating this revised resume’ and things will start popping, opening up opportunities for you to step into a business analyst role.
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