Tips for Business Analyst Resumes

Description

How to create a resume that reflects your unique BA qualification and experience.

Desired Outcomes

Better sell your BA qualifications
Build multiple resumes for target positions / career purposes.
Develop career management habits.

Points to Note:

Resume writing is more art than science
You'll need to determine how these suggestions apply to you.
No absolutes ... everything is 'it depends'
Avoid tips, techniques and tactics.
Just write what comes naturally and truly.

A resume's purpose is to get you an interview for positions for which you are qualified.

Why create a resume?
--Preparing to make a career change.
--Applying for a specific job.
--Ongoing career management.

Preparation:

Define short and long term goals.
Define target positions.
Create resume for each target position.
Begin Job search.

Applying for a specific job:

Find job posting in a target position -> Prepare and submit resume -> Interview for job -> Consider Offer.

Define your target positions:

Responsibility [Elicitation, Analysis, Planning, Requirements Management, Process Development, UAT etc]
Company [Size, Industry, Stage, Software Development process]

Think of target position as scope document for next career move.

Consider your reader:

Your resume reader may
--Receive 100s of resumes, most of which do not represent qualified candidates.
--Have preconceived notions about what a resume should be.
--Not fully understand the job (under qualified HR rep or recruiter)

You can
--Make your resume easy to read and support quick decisions in your favor.
--Conform to standard expectations regarding resumes.
--Use keywords from the job posting to show you are qualified.

Focus on..
--Professional experiences that qualify you for your target position.
--Accomplishments and achievements.

Minimize..
--Irrelevant responsibilities.
--Making the reviewer guess/interpret.

Key section in a resume:

Objective
Summary
Key accomplishments/Skills.
Career History
Professional Associations.
Education.

Key points on Objective and Summary:

Talk about you in terms of value you bring to an employeer.
Avoid explaining what you want.

A good example - Business Analyst position that will benefit from my hands-on experience with 3 different order management systems and processes.
A bad example - Business Analyst position that will help me gain expertise in managing stakeholders, gain better process analysis experience.

Always couple responsibility with the value added:

example - Responsibility, Requirements gathering. Value added, My innovative and rigorous approach to gathering various stakeholder requirements helped realised the value of gathering requirements upfront in the organisation.

Key points when writing career history:

Focus on experience related to your target position.
Use and highlight keywords related to job description.

Key points when writing Job title:

Title should match with career history, summary and job expectations. Tweak the title if required.

Good career management practices:

Record all positive feedback you receive.
Keep project key points (e.g: what you did, what impact it had, what lessons you learned)
Maintain work samples.
Look at job postings regularly to see what skills are in demand.
Review BA profiles on social networking sites to understand competitors and new positions.

Finally:

You resume is a marketing tool.
Focus on how employers perceive you as potential employee.
Highlight your experience and qualification.
Stay up to date with trends in your area / location of interest.