What is the best method or path is in order to transition out of my background and into a B.A. position while trying to correctly display my skills on my resume and also which industry(ies) I am targeting.
The best method or path to transition into a business analyst position
When pursuing a Business Analyst position, first focus on learning the skills that a business analyst uses.
When this is done in any other order, you will be putting the cart before the horse. Putting the cart before the hors is an old saying that is tossed about but perhaps not fully understood in today’s non-agrarian lifestyles.
But, think about it. In farming, the horse is supposed to pull a cart behind him. It is an order that works with the laws of physics.
When you put the cart in front of the horse, the horse has nothing to pull. Without the cart attached to the horse’s bridle and rolling behind him, it merely becomes an item for the horse to now trip over, in its path.
This is how it is when a person decides to shift careers by scribbling out a resume, without first doing a little work toward building skills and experience to add to it.
The best way to transition into something is to learn what skills are needed, and then get experience before updating your resume. If you work on the resume first, it will become a stumbling block instead of a tool to get you hired.
You will quickly become discouraged, as it won’t reflect what a company wants in a business analyst, and you will begin a negative cycle of rejections.
Focus on getting business analysis skills first
The first thing to do is to make a list of skills that you will need to use as a Business Analyst.
The precise skills a company is looking for can vary, so take some time to examine a variety of Business Analyst job listings on job search sites to take note of skills which companies desire.
Some universal skills used by business analysts include communication skills (both verbal and written), analytical skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, technical skills, and a leadership ability. Check off the skills you already have, and learn any that you don’t already know.
Get Hands-On Business Analysis Training
Get hands-on training through volunteering for projects within the organization where you currently work. Or, look for opportunities with non-profits that you want to serve.
There will be no pay for the non-profit, but you will gain vitally important experience.
If you agree to do it in return for a good recommendation as part of the agreement from the start, that’s even better.
Also, gain experience through online training such as what is offered through the Business Analyst Boot Camp.
This kind of training allows you to work as quickly or as slowly as you like without leaving your job. A good training program will provide real-work activities to practice along with tests that help you retain the information learned.
You can find out if you like doing the work of a business analyst without taking a risk of quitting a job and stepping out.
Make Your Business Analyst Resume Standout
Once you’ve learned the skills and gained some experience, it’s time to change your resume.
This is the one piece of paper that should document your accomplishments and express how you will benefit a hiring company, so make it stand-out!
Pull from your experience (both newly gained and any prior experience that relates to Business Analysis), and highlight your strengths.
Personalize your resume and cover letter for each job you apply to. Go over the company’s job listing, and select a few key areas to showcase.
With newly-learned skills and fresh experience, you can now update your resume and prepare for an interview with confidence.