Business Analysts are expected to thoroughly examine and numerically evaluate business processes, functions, departments, and other related activities. To get an edge over other applicants, candidates must demonstrate superior analytical skills, a deeper understanding of business processes and preferably some relevant work experiences which practically demonstrates the candidates’ proficiency with the role.
Here are the various areas that you need to focus on for your CV:
This would be the most important section for most Business Analyst applicants. First timers and interns will obviously need to focus on other areas, but anyone with even a year or two of experience will need to make sure that this section thoroughly demonstrates what they have achieved.
Focus as much as possible on objectively clear achievements. For example, if your efforts led to an increase in quality testing accuracy by x% or a reduction in procurement costs by y%, then that needs to be on your CV. The domain-specific experience will also be valued.
How much space is devoted to this section depends on your work experience? With only a couple of years, this section can afford to be moderately sized. But for someone with several years of BA experience, this section should be front and centre and take up most of the space, even at the cost of other sections of your CV.
Academic qualifications and certifications
Certifications simply add value to your CV and make it easier/ less risky for the recruiter to select you over another candidate who lacks it. A recognisable certification means that the candidate has met the basic minimum requirements for the role. Additionally, it also demonstrates that the candidate is genuinely interested and committed to the field, having spent perhaps hundreds of hours to meet the requirements for the certification.
Academic qualifications are more of a qualifier than a distinguisher. A Bachelor’s degree is almost always required and a master’s degree, especially in Business, will add further value. But other technical courses can help as well. Any specific projects that relate to the role might also be worth adding. This section is important for fresh graduates as their work experience section might be lacking.
The following article on qualifications explains the skills needed for a Business Analyst role in considerable detail. Technical skills include analytical abilities, modelling experience, numeracy, and domain-specific experience. This section provides a great opportunity for people making a shift from non-BA roles to demonstrate their ability to excel in BA roles. This can be done by demonstrating an overlap between skills in your current job and the one to which you are applying.
Soft skills include things like communication, presentation and the ability to gather information from others. These skills can make the difference between a good Business Analyst and a great one. A great BA would have the ability to liaise with other departments, formally or informally, and get the insights that are necessary for her to optimally perform her job.
On your CV, this might mean including references to team projects or inter-departmental initiatives that you participated in and executed successfully.
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