I have been talking with a number of people who want to become business analysts. One of the biggest hurdles seems to be how to translate your work experience into business analyst ‘speak’ for your resume.
So, say you worked on a project but your role was not titled project manager or business analyst.
I would ask you this:
- Did you plan the project?
- Did you follow steps to complete it?
- Was it successful?
- What were the benefits to the company?
- Did you gather a set of ‘requirements’ that needed to be completed?
- Did you interact with people through one-on-one sessions, large meetings, surveys, or job shadowing?
- Did you talk about the route to get to the finish line?
- Did you determine if there were gaps that needed to be addressed?
- Did you negotiate with stakeholders/team members?
- Did you test the process?
- Did you work as a team?
If you re-examine what you did in each of your projects – I will bet that you followed a number of these steps.
So, what job title do you give yourself on your business analyst resume? Does it sound like a business analyst role or a project management role? Were you working at process re-engineering?
Once again, if you think about it, you probably acted as a BA or a PM.
But you say, “Oh, that doesn’t count.”
But it does! You set up a plan – which you followed. You performed research. You negotiated. You found gaps and you identified and closed them. You had a goal and you achieved it.
Count yourself in. Count on you. Have another look at your roles and business analysis project experiences, and think about how to highlight them in your business analyst resume.
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