Whether you are out of job or just looking to move to the business analysis field, the job search process can be daunting at best. If you are looking for your first or next business analysis job, here are some way to get your job search in business analysis moving forward.
DON’T BE GENERIC WITH YOUR RESUME – Be sure to personalize your resume for the job you are applying. This means that there is a little more work for you because you don’t just have one resume; but the “one size fits all” days of resumes is over. Personalize the resume to the specific job qualifications that a potential employer is looking for. Taking the time to address specific experience you have that is particular to a business analysis job to which you are applying can help you land that job interview. Be sure to avoid common resumes mistakes such as grammar and spelling errors as well.
DON’T EXPECT THE JOB TO FIND YOU – One fatal mistake that many business analysis job seekers make is that they cast a small net out into the job search world and then expect the next business analysis job to find them. It’s important to realize that you are not going to find a job if you do not actively search for a job. Job seekers must be diligent, setting aside specific time to search for that next business analysis job. Even if you are just passively looking for another job because you are not 100% satisfied, you will find that if you don’t actively look for the job, you will likely have little luck in finding a job.
DON’T PUT ALL THE FOCUS ON YOU – Business analysis job seekers can make a big mistake during the job search process by concentrating their efforts on themselves rather than putting the focus on the job of interest. Whether you are writing your resume, your cover letter, or answering questions in a job interview, turning the focus to your experience specific to the job description of the job of interest is the best way to keep the focus on you as a potential candidate. Read the job description and make certain your resume is tailors to the specific important traits the job is looking for and be sure to focus your answers in the job interview on the same. Ask questions during the interviews that pertain to the company and the job at hand, proving you have done your research and you are truly interested in the job.
There are many ways to move your job search forward as you are looking for that next business analysis job. Concentrating on these don’ts will help you put your focus in the right place and have you on your way to your next (or first) business analysis job.