I really want to become a business analyst, but I don’t have the experience.
I recently got my BA in Finance and will get my MBA next May.
Due to the economic slow down, I can’t get any jobs in the area, I can’t even find a place to work for FREE to get experience.
I was thinking about getting a SAS certification and MCAS certification.
Any advice on what I can do to beef up my resume so I can snag my dream job?
What do I need to do to become a business analyst?
1. Understand that there is no one magic road to becoming a business analyst. Instead, the steps necessary will be unique to each aspiring individualâ€™s prior experience and training.
2. Be aware that you do not need a specific educational background to become a business analyst. You basically can learn what business analysts do, get some hands-on experience and re-write your resume profile with that information.
3. Recognize the different business analysis roles and decide what kind of business analyst you would like to be and what activities you would like to do.
Also explore and decide what industry and business unit you would like to work in.
4. Evaluate your current skills and prior experience. You donâ€™t need a degree in Business Analysis to become a BA, but you need the business analysis knowledge and skills.
Ask yourself if are there aspects of your choice business analysis role that you have experience in? Do you have domain knowledge of your industry and business unit of interest?
5. Study your local marketplace. Which job opportunities are present in your city and what are the prerequisite skills?
6. Acquire business analysis skills. Find an effective training program that will help you learn, understand, retain and apply business analysis concepts effectively on a job.
A good program will be specifically designed to help you get hands-on business analysis experience by including a mentoring/coaching option and focusing on skill building through practical training modules.
7. Re-write your resume and cover letter to reflect your acquired skills and experience.
Sell your professional expertise to hired managers by applying for those positions which your skills and experience are perfectly suited for.
Highlight your domain knowledge if you have it and if it is required for the job.
8. Gain hands-on work experience in the marketplace as soon as possib
le through internships or pro bono work whilst searching for your business analyst job.