Tips for getting a BA job in Canada
If you are a newcomer and a resident of Canada looking at Business Analysis as a career option, the...
Looking for a new job is not a fun activity; it is quite stressful and sometimes it can become daunting as well.
To be successful in your job hunt, you need to make sure that you stand out to potential employers and make the best impression.
There are various traditional job seeking tips that have stood the test of time and proved their mettle. But there are many new wisdom nuggets that can prove extremely effective in your job search. According to Amanda Abella, a career coach, writer, and speaker, “Times are always changing and while it's always good to follow the basic advice, we also have to get rolling with the times.”
Here are some common tips that seem to be a common denominator while searching for your next role:
1. Polish your resume
Your resume is your first introduction and your gateway into any organization you want to be a part of. As they say “The first impression is the last impression”, your resume is your first impression for the company. So, make sure that you make a lasting impression. Don’t be hesitant to ask someone for help, request them to send their resumes. and work on it. I worked on mine for almost a week with a friend before he said, “Now it is a presentable resume!”
2. Customize your resume using tools like JobScan
Gone are the days where the recruiters would personally look into each resume to find that perfect candidate. Nowadays, the majority of the companies are using ATS (Application Tracking System) to sift through hundreds of resumes they get for a job posting. So, it is very important to customize your resume according to the Job Description for which you are applying.
If you are an 80% or higher match, then you stand a chance to make it to the next round, otherwise you are filtered out. So, that is where JobScan, becomes a vital tool to help you make to the top list. It matches your resume against the Job Description and will give you a detailed report on how much you match and what are you missing. Give it a shot!
3. Update your LinkedIn profile & leverage from your network
I don’t think I even have to explain how important LinkedIn can be for helping you find a job.
Keep your profile updated, even if you have lost your job or a contract has just ended. I know losing your job is difficult and personal, but if you don’t let your connections know that you are looking for work, how will they help you? Reach out to your connections, let them know that you are open to work now. Keep adding appropriate skills to your LinkedIn Profile.
4. Be prepared for your Interview
Every interview experience is different.
5. Make learning a goal for every day
While you don’t have your job to keep you occupied, think of filling that gap with learning. With everything being online now, you have more resources than ever before. Some universities, and online learning portals, such as Google, are even offering free courses.
So, pick and choose- what skills of yours need work, where can you improve? Find a course and start learning. It does not necessarily have to be related to your field. It can be anything that increases your knowledge. Or even pick up a hobby- Is there something that you always wanted to learn but never got a chance to? Now is the right time to learn that. You may never get that chance again.
6. Commit to certifications in your domain and get certified
Independent validation of one’s skills is a great way to establish credibility in the global market. This not only establishes one’s credentials in the market but also improves one’s skills.
It shows one’s commitment to the profession and learning, it also sets one apart from the non-certified peers in the job market.
e.g. - For an aspiring business analyst or newbie ECBA certification from IIBA is a great one to acquire, for mid and senior BAs CCBA and CBAP is good to consider.
It is said that destiny is a lot about being at the right place at the right time, the same holds good for an online presence as well. By following the prominent groups and though leaders one keeps himself/herself updated on the latest trends and happenings in the industry.
It also makes one aware of the most job offers and companies opening positions to hire.
8. Follow hashtags relevant to your industry and domain
This ensures that you come across the relevant jobs/posts in the social media.
It’s as important to notice relevant posts and jobs as much as to get noticed. You can stay ahead of the game by working smart.
9. Be curious and hungry for learning new things
Maintain the curiosity of a child and be hungry to learn new things every day.
The proactive ones think ahead and plan, the reactive one’s lag behind and repent after the axe has fallen on them.
10. Your Attitude
I know the times are tough and it seems almost impossible to find a job, but hang in there! You will find that perfect job for which you are the perfect candidate. It is okay to mope some days and feel disheartened. Nobody is expecting you to be positive all the time.
Don’t keep obsessing over finding a job. Give yourself a mental break now and then- exercise, find a new hobby, do something that gives your joy each day- music, movies, books, spending time with your loved ones- there is so much you can do.
Nonetheless, don’t give up, don’t lose hope and slag or get lazy in your job search. Keep applying, keep trying, and keep giving your best efforts. One day everything will fall into place and you will land on your feet.
I consider myself in no way an expert. This is just a lot of information that I have gathered while looking for a job myself and attending numerous in-person and online sessions or reading various articles from experts, condensed into one article. I would be happy if it helps even a single person and they land their next job from something they read here.
Wishing you all the best in your search!
Ineha is a BA who has a background in technology as well as management, which provides her the interpersonal & technical skills necessary to act as a conduit between the technical team and the stakeholders or the management team.