Let’s be clear about a pretty well-known fact in the business analysis job market today. Getting hired in business analysis comes down to one thing.
Relevant, business analysis work experience from your career history.
Before you click away to the next silver bullet fix that promises to take thousands of your hard-earned dollars in return for a workaround for your experience gap, let’s address a slightly less well-known fact about the BA job market today.
Most professionals that have BA experience don’t have the Business Analyst job title and many have never held a formal BA role.
These professionals aren’t lying or stretching the truth when they say they have business analysis experience. But they are able to get hired into business analyst job roles because they’ve identified the relevant and transferable experience from their career background and clearly communicated this to recruiters and hiring managers.
If you are not crystal clear on the transferable business analysis experience you have, then it’s likely that experience isn’t on your resume and you are not talking about it in job interviews.
That means your BA experience is invisible to a recruiter or hiring manager.
That means they are not seeing you as qualified for business analyst roles you are perfectly qualified to perform.
And that means you are not getting hired for BA jobs when you could be.
Luckily this is an easily fixable problem and it’s something we can work on together.
That’s what Getting Hired Faster, a virtual self-study course is about. Together we’ll discover your business analysis skills and experience so that you can get hired faster (or achieve related BA career goals, such as securing an internal promotion or applying to take a certification exam).
In what follows, you’ll learn about our Business Analyst Skills Discovery Process which is designed to help professionals like you – often without experience in a formal business analyst role – discover the transferable skills they bring to the business analysis profession.
“This has been an extremely worthwhile process. I’ve known that I have performed various BA activities throughout my work career, but have never had any formal documentation, best practices, guidance, etc, to align these activities into groups, or similar buckets, that are recognized by the BA community. With my goal of obtaining a CCBA, this exercise has been invaluable as I will use it not only for that process, but also for updating my resume, LinkedIn, and the sample knowledge base when speaking in interviews, conversations or when building my case for a promotion and/or raise at my current job.” – Jake Penner
How the course will help you
become more confident in your
business analyst experience
The typical result from your run-of-the-mill skills assessment leaves you with a list of qualifications, some of which you may have never heard of before, and a “yes” or “no” checked off from a list. That’s helpful, but it’s only a start.
After going through our Business Analyst Skills Discovery Process, you’ll understand what each and every line item on the skills assessment means and know exactly what experience you have to back up each skill.
You’ll leave the discovery process not only knowing, “I have this skill,” but “here’s where I’ve used that skill before in my career, even if I called it something else at the time.”
This kind of discovery process can help you in multiple ways:
- If you are uncertain about what types of BA jobs you can apply for, your transferable skills assessment can help you match up your qualifications to the right BA jobs (often that means more of them too). By applying to more of the right jobs, you’ll get hired faster.
- If you are updating your resume, your transferable skills assessment will help you identify relevant experiences that you can add to your work history, summary, or key accomplishments section. You’ll also learn what BA terminology you can honestly use to talk about your past experience. Including more business analysis skills will get you more calls for more interviews and you’ll get hired faster.
- If you are preparing for a job interview, your transferable skills assessment will give you confidence in the exact skills and correlating experience you have for any given BA job qualification, so you have more to talk about in the interview. When you speak more confidently to your depth of experience in business analysis skills you’ll get hired faster.
Not only did you bring skills into focus for persons who may only marginally tapped into the skills, but for those of us employing them even well before the profession of BA was even known, the course was very orienting as well as affirmation of my desired career direction. – Ron Werda
But you might be wondering if this kind of process is really going to apply to you and be relevant given your career background.
How to know if you have
relevant business analyst
experience to draw from
I’m sure you’ll want to know if this process is really going to help you. Here are some very common transferable skills scenarios from careers that sit right on the fringes of business analysis.
- A technical writer has created documentation for a project team, including work-flow diagrams and how-to materials. They realize there are many parallels between this documentation and what a business analyst would call a requirements specification.
- A software developer has demoed software they created or customized to a business user. During the course of the demo, the user expresses interest in some different functionality. The developer asks questions to understand the need and clarify the adjustments to be made. They realize there are many parallels between this activity and what business analysts call elicitation and validation.
- A subject matter expert for a business system gets involved in an update to the system. They provide input on the business process and review new changes. Along the way, they discover gaps in the solution and facilitate problem solving meetings. They realize there are many parallels between these activities and requirements analysis and validation.
But you might be coming to business analysis from a career that’s not quite on the fringes of a BA role. Career backgrounds for business analysts are all over the map and include customer service, desktop support, teaching, and sales, just to name a few.
If you have any experience working on a project or in a role that involves communication, you most likely have some transferable business analysis skills. And even if you don’t end up finding yourself to be qualified for a business analyst role right now, through this process you’ll discover the skills that can qualify you for a role that is closer to business analysis so you can start working towards a business analysis job.
“Laura Brandenburg has become someone I mention to colleagues as someone who has provided me with invaluable tools for furthering my career. She is more than a cheerleader. She has common sense and she knows how to apply it. She’s sensitive about when to give advice and when to elucidate the kernal of truth she just knows! you have in you. I’m experiencing the most forward traction in my career goals in the past few months, partly due to Laura’s class. Highly recommend it and her to reach your goals.” – Elianna James
Take a quick look at how
you’ll discover transferable BA skills
with the Skills Discovery Process
You are a business analyst (or soon-to-be-BA). And that means you probably like to know how processes work.
Let’s walk through the process we’ll go through together to help you discover your transferable business analysis skills.
Pull Together Relevant
The first thing we’ll do is help you pull together relevant background material. This can include work samples, performance reviews, and any other memory-triggering information.
If you don’t have much in the way of tangible documentation, don’t worry. You’ll receive some exercises to help refresh your memory.
You’ll leave this step with an understanding of where your most relevant BA experiences lie – the experiences that will qualify you for more business analysis job roles – and a repository of content you can draw from to present work samples to potential employers as well.
Discover Your Business Analyst Experiences and Qualifications
With your background material at hand, we start discovering.
Our core discovery components walk you through the key business analysis knowledge areas so you’ll understand exactly what all the BA jargon means and be able to explain a BA concept in your own words.
You’ll receive 8 BA Discovery Components covering the essential areas of business analysis. Each component contains an mp3 audio lesson, full-text transcripts, simple work samples, and a worksheet you’ll use to capture your BA experiences and assess your confidence level.
You’ll leave each lesson knowing what your strengths are and why those areas are strengths. You’ll develop a list of business analysis career experiences to refer to when building your resume or preparing for a job interview.
Here’s a list of each of our eight Business Analyst Discovery Components.
- The Elicitation Techniques Used by Business Analysts – If you’ve ever asked “why?” you’ve probably elicited requirements. You may have been a salesperson engaging a customer or an employee asking for clarification from your manager. You’ll walk through 9 different elicitation techniques and how they apply outside a BA context.
- 5 Analysis Techniques Almost Everyone Uses – You’ll learn about 5 commonly used analysis models and discover how even your informal documentation and white board drawings can be classified as relevant business analysis work samples.
- The Most Common Types of Requirements – You’ll learn about the most important types of requirements, what makes for a good requirement, and how requirements are organized into different types of specifications. You’ll learn about a quick litmus test you can use to determine if a document includes requirements.
- Little Known Ways to Validate and Verify Requirements – You’ll leave this lesson being able to identify the techniques that business analysts use to ensure that all stakeholders have a shared understanding of the requirements. Software developers who have demoed software, quality assurance professionals who have reviewed requirements, and business users who have facilitated meetings are likely to find relevant experiences using any one of the 4 commonly used techniques.
- How Business Analysts Manage Requirements – Requirements management ensures that requirements are actually used in the development process. We’ll talk about the attributes you might assign to requirements, what traceability is and why you do it, and look at the types of tools you might use to manage requirements. If you’ve ever used a spreadsheet to organize information, it’s quite likely you’ll be able to map some of your past experience to this area.
- Make ROI Real: 4 Ways BAs Help the Business Embrace Change – You’ll be able to describe the techniques a business analyst uses to help the business accept the solution, which is a key factor in the goals of the project being realized. This is an area where subject matter experts and customer implementation specialists can be expected to find a lot of relevant experiences. We’ll also look at how BAs can help allocate requirements to ensure that the technical team embraces the requirements as well.
- How Projects Get Scoped and Business Cases Built – You’ll learn how BAs determine what the business need is (which is part of “Enterprise Analysis” in formal BA jargon). We’ll also look at the various pieces and parts related to building a business case and the different ways BAs can get involved in scoping a project.
- The BA in the Project Lifecycle – You’ll be able to describe how all of the BA practices above fit into the lifecycle of a project and why the concept of formality matters in deciding on your BA approach. We’ll discuss waterfall, iterative, and agile approaches so you’ll leave with an understanding of the key differences between them.
Lessons average between 20 and 30 minutes each, so you won’t get overwhelmed with information about any specific topic, but you’ll definitely have enough information to discover your relevant skills and experiences. And each component comes with tools to capture your skills and appropriate simplified work samples so you can compare and contrast your own deliverables.
Once you’ve completed each Discovery Component, you’ll have a lot of information and you’ll need an easy way to make that information actionable and use it to position yourself for more business analyst job roles. That’s what we cover in step 3.
Complete Your BA Skills Assessment
After finishing each component of the discovery process, you’ll compile your business analysis transferable skills assessment. This is a quick step, but it gives you the answers to a lot of questions.
For example, you’ll be able to clearly see:
- Your key business analyst strengths.
- The business analyst job roles you are qualified for.
- The business analyst skills and experiences you can add to your resume and bring up during job interviews.
It’s very likely this big picture view will help you see new BA jobs you could be applying for and discover how to strengthen your positioning for those jobs.
Just in case you have any BA qualification gaps you need to fill, you’ll have access to a complete set of resources and opportunities by discovery component so you can figure out what to do next to move your BA career forward.
“ I’ve worked with Laura in her BA Mentor program, as well as the My BA Career learning program. In both, I found Laura’s knowledge around the technical and “soft” skills of business analysis exceeded all expectations. In the My BA Career program, the information was presented in an easy to understand manner and very instructional. To anyone looking to move into the BA field or wanting to improve on their skills, I would highly recommend Laura and the programs she offers!” -Rick Hengehold (now a practicing business analyst)
You’ll have online access to the materials for 6 months and you can download all the materials for future use.
You’ll also get email access
if you need a little direction
Rest assured that even while this is an on-demand, virtual, and self-study course, you are not in this alone. We make sure you have the support you need to prepare specifically for you business analyst job interviews or handle your specific career situations.
Your career background and experience is unique and after going through the course materials you may have questions about what experience counts or what BA terminology you can honestly use to describe your business analyst experience.
You’ll be able to email your questions and concerns and receive precise answers and on-target suggestions. Up to 2 questions are included with your course investment.
Here’s a quick summary of everything you are about to receive
When you invest in Getting Hired Faster today, you’ll receive everything you need to discover the BA skills and experience in your career background so you can qualify for more business analyst job roles and clearly communicate your business analyst job qualifications.
You’ll receive the following course components:
- A complete walk-through of the BA Skills Discovery Process. We’ll go through exactly how to brainstorm and remember the unmemorable experiences, how to complete the BA skills assessment, and what to do with the results.
- 8 Business Analyst Discovery Components covering core business analysis knowledge areas. Each one will walk you through core business analysis skills and includes examples of how the skill might be applied by someone who is not in a formal BA role.
- 5 hours of recorded audio instruction covering the discovery process and components. Lessons are available in mp3 format so you can listen during your commute or at the gym. Accompanying full-text transcripts are available and are handy for referring back to clarify a point.
- Editable PDF worksheets to walk you step-by-step through your skills assessment process and give you tangible back-up materials to refer back to as you construct your BA resume or prepare for a BA job interview.
- Business Analyst Skills Assessment template you can use to get the big picture view of your BA skills and qualifications.
- Your questions answered via email (up to 2 questions within one month of your investment).
- 6 months online access to all of your course materials and the ability to download them for future use.
Get the Class Now
Click the “Add to Cart” button to get your class for $127. You’ll be taken through our quick, secure checkout process and can login to start the course immediately.
P.S. Did You Know You Can Upgrade to a 3-Course Pack and Save $84?
This course is part of a 3-course BA Job Search Pack that’s available right now for $297. Order the bundle and you’ll have your entire business analyst job search process covered.
With the BA Job Search Pack you’ll receive the following extra courses:
Mastering the BA Job Interview
Go into your next BA job interview with confidence because you’ve prepared as much as possible (without going overboard).
- How to prepare to answer a wide range of behavioral interview questions and speak authoritatively to your experience.
- How to analyze a job opportunity and predict what the hiring manager is really looking for in a candidate.
- How to answer the most general and vague (and important) question you might ever be asked: “tell me a bit about yourself.”
Building a BA Resume that Lands You Interviews
Get interviews for more business analyst jobs with a resume that highlights your business analysis experience (even if you’ve never held the “Business Analyst” job title).
- How to write better bullet points that help you stand out in a sea of hundreds of applicants.
- How to organize your resume so your resume actually gets read.
- How to get your mindset about your resume right, so it starts to write itself.
(Invest in the Job Search Pack for only
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I think you’re going to find that Getting Hired Faster will help you demonstrate your qualifications for business analysis jobs in a way you didn’t think was possible without getting years of titled experience behind you. But if you get into the course (or the Pack) and decide it’s not a good fit for you, we offer a hassle-free money back guarantee for the first 7 days.