Being a BA means a major part of your job is to present information to stakeholders through clear and concise documentation. With that in mind, it is very important when a BA is looking for a new job their CV should be on point. A remarkable business analyst's CV goes beyond the standard listing of experiences and qualifications. It's a dynamic document that tells a compelling story of your skills, experiences, and potential to deliver results. It's a document that shouts, "I am the analytical thinker you need to propel your organisation forward." But, how exactly can you create a document like that? Check out our Tech recruitment experts, our senior customer success manager, a BA guru – Richard Green for some tips on what Business Analysts should do to touch up their resume.
Be succinct, clear, and concise
I have no specific rule on how long it should be but keep it as short as you can and to the point. One page isn't likely to cover everything you need to and twenty pages (I've seen it) is a short story, not a CV. Keep it to the point and think about the reader.
Make it look nice
Easier said than done hey
What I mean here is to choose a font and stick to it, keep the text the same size, and include headings and subheadings. Dot points are great. My personal pet peeve is Widows and Orphans. They might sound a tad Dickensian, but 'widows' and 'orphans' are actually terms designers use to describe unwanted stray words in typography (google it). Considering this can really help a CV be read the way intended.
Talking about achievements and responsibilities is good but not enough
Talking about achievements and responsibilities is good but they just say what your job was, not what you did. Think about what you achieved and align them to business goals and tangible business outcomes if you can.
Customise your CV
What I mean here is to tailor it for the roles you are going for. That doesn't mean you need to re-write it every time just think about your audience if you have a specific skill that the role you are applying is looking for make sure it's front and centre.
Double-check, triple-check, quadruple-check
Finally, double-check all your employment dates and no typos, typos are easy to do and sometimes we miss things because the tools we rely on to pick them up might not quite work for whatever reason.
The best way to avoid this is to get someone else to review it before you send it out into the world.
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