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Upon retrospection, I realized that there is a gap between the expectations of the recruiters and what my resume presents. I had started pursuing my Master's degree right after graduation and had what-so-ever no experience towards any interview process. Also, I had the tendency to use technical terms in during the interview process. These were the major stumbling blocks for me.
So, how did I tackle this situation and land up with my first job?
I believe networking is a key attribute in one's career development. I started actively networking on professional apps, mainly on LinkedIn. I started watching related videos, attended Webinars, and started interacting with the IIBA community. Another decisive step that I took was to enroll with Adaptive US for the ECBA online training classes.
Though becoming certified will not land you with a job, but, trust me, it does boost your confidence while facing the interviewer’s questions. In my case, while it helped me immensely in taking my confidence level higher, it also helped me to improve my communication skills.
I am not aware of the quality of training other organizations to impart, but having experienced Adaptive’s training with LN Mishra as the chief mentor, I consider it to be the best (though this might seem like I am advertising for them, these words are simply my heartfelt thoughts).
The exposure to the BA domain, the knowledge, and understanding of the subject, and the tips which I received during the training were, according to me, one of the main reasons I was able to get a job at the end of the 5 weeks training session. I completed my training during the 1st week of March and landed with a job by the end of the month.
I believe that when an experienced person, like LN, shares his practical experience, we understand key concepts better and improve our BA skillset. For any job seeker, this source could be an online source, a networking event, or even a casual chat with an experienced BA.
Listing out the key points which should be kept in mind during a job search-
Finally, broaden your network, be confident during interviews and develop a learning-outcome after each interview. Identify your unique strength as a business analyst and use it for all your interview process. It’s just a matter of time, you will get a breakthrough with your job search.
The above recommendations are purely based on my experiences with recruiters and the job market. The process might vary geographically, but the BABOK is a bible for BA’s like us, hence, approach any interview based on your learning from tasks and techniques mentioned in the BABOK.
Also, a personal recommendation, do not waste money on any Job portals. Rather use the money in improving your skill-set, which will add great value to your resume and improve your knowledge.
Looking for a job, though tiring, is a learning process. If you have patience and are equipped with the right skill-set, you will be rewarded with a positive result.
Raja is a Business Initiatives Consultant with experience supporting leaders in gathering requirements by engaging with cross-functional teams, analyzing, and presenting by leveraging on data aligned to the business goals and objectives.