Tips on How to Write a Business Analyst Resume
The following information has been provided to help you write a business analyst resume, and help you with any pitfalls that might prevent your resume being read. Your business analyst resume needs to tell recruiters that you’re a consummate professional that’s capable of dissecting their business including: customer service practices, accounting methods, product marketing, competition analysis, business-failure “prevention” techniques, management practices, and more.
There are several different job titles that a business analyst might have including: Corporate Business Analyst, Entry Level Business Analyst, Junior Business Analyst, Senior Business Analyst, IT Business Analyst, Retail Business Analyst, Business Startup Analyst, Project Manager, Startup Manager, and more. Most positions will require that you have a great deal of experience in the area of business that the position relates to (E.g., construction, environmental, government, manufacturing, IT, etc.) along with an MBA from a quality college or university.
Analyze the Job Description
Before you get starting writing your resume; read through the job description that the employer (or client) has provided you with. Write down the education, skills, knowledge, and other background requirements that you’ll need to be successful in the position (workshop creation, customer and business survey experience, accreditations, tech skills/knowledge, methods of analysis, math skills, computer software skills, college/university degrees, etc.)
How to Put Your Resume Together
It never hurts to use a resume template to help you with the visual appeal of your business analyst resume, so don’t hesitate to use one.
Put your full name, address, phone number, and email at the top of the page. Include your website address, if you have one.
Many people take the objective statement of their resume lightly, often using a generic objective they find on the Internet, then inserting their own details. This can be a big mistake, as many recruiters read this statement first to determine if you’re a visionary, or a follower, who does what everyone else does. Make the objective statement on your business analyst resume sell you to the recruiter and make them feel obligated to read on.
See below for an example of a bad objective, followed by a good objective statement:
Bad Objective Statement – (not targeted and similar to generic ones you’ll see many other people using)
“Seeking an excellent opportunity to showcase my vast skills in business analysis, whereby my experience can be utilized to fix business related problems.”
Good Objective Statement – (targeted to a specific position and doesn’t look like something you copied/pasted)
“Recent university graduate with an MBA seeking to fill your Entry Level Business Analyst position. I pride myself on methodical analysis of market forecasts, technical advancement, “consumer data collection” and clear communication.”
If you’re applying for a senior business analyst position, put your background under your objective statement. Entry level applicants should take more of a functional approach and put their background closer to the end of your business analyst resume – or not include it at all, if you have zero experience.
Write down the positions you’ve held, the duties performed and/or achievements of each position. Try to tailor each point you make about your background to experience that was asked for in the job description. Use bullet points to describe each duty and go into as much detail as possible.
State your business education, including any schooling you’ve done that closely relates to the industry you’ll be working in (agriculture, construction, stock market, retail business, R & D, manufacturing, etc.)
Use bullet point statements to showcase relevant skills to your potential employer (or client), and list as many of them as you can, including: specialized computer hardware/software skills, brainstorming, management, communication, marketing, debating, etc.
Final Step – Write Your Cover Letter & Proofread!
Write a cover letter that will serve as an introduction to your potential employer. Some employers won’t read your cover letter at all – preferring to quickly scan through your resume to see if they can find any potential. However, most employers and recruiters will read your cover letter to determine if your business analyst resume is worth reading. So if you don’t include a cover letter, you have a 50/50 chance of your resume being read – barring any other barriers that may already be present.
1. Start by placing your personal details at the top of the page, just as you did on your resume. Next address the hiring manager/recruiter by name “Dear ____.”
2. The first paragraph should thank the hiring staff member for reading your resume (might seem presumptuous, but this can have a “suggestive effect” on the reader) and introduce yourself by name.
3. The second (and third if you have more details to include) paragraphs are for summarizing two or three key attributes you bring to the position you’re applying. These can be direct quotes from your resume, or completely different details relating to life experience, etc.
4. The final paragraph once again thanks the reader for reading your resume, and invites them to contact you for a face-to-face interview to further discuss your potential. Leave a phone number and an appropriate time you can be reached.