My question is about BA resumes. I have 5 years of experience in IT and around 4.5 in BA. I am a developer/BA blend, as I understand from your book My resume lists my experiences chronologically. I remember from your IIBA presentation on resumes that a resume should contain accomplishments vs just responsibilities. What proportion of these two things do you suggest?
I don’t want the resume to sound like I am just blowing my own trumpet but balance it with something like this is what I helped the company with (in other words, accomplishments) and these are the additional responsibilities that I handled.
Blow your trumpet away! Your business analyst resume is a marketing document. It should present you in the best possible light. But yes, you make a great point that you need to back up any claims you make with hard evidence. I think your approach of using responsibilities to back-up your accomplishments could be a good one.
I’d recommend focusing each bullet on an accomplishment that highlights your business analysis experience.
Achieved alignment across four departments about a new, user-friendly navigation scheme by creating mock-ups, identifying stakeholders, and facilitating review meetings.
Or, as another example,
Improved communication between product managers and the software development team by modeling requirements in use cases and holding combined walk-through meetings, resulting in fewer changes in test.
This way your list combines accomplishments and responsibilities in one statement. Written this way, I think many positions could be represented purely by accomplishments.
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