Tips for tuning your CV

Tips for tuning your CV

These suggestions are based around what a business analyst actually does which is

  • define the objectives
  • ensure that everything that follows is geared to achieving the objectives
  • communicate the message that the objectives are being achieved

With that in mind…

Have an “Objective” section and define what role you are looking for. One sentence or very short paragraph.

Add an appendix of examples of your analysis work – just examples of good analysis, not an exhaustive archive! At the start of your CV after the “Objective” add a “summary” section. Reference the appendix in your “summary” section which should also summarise your key analytical abilities that are relevant to achieving your Objective.

The message is “I have told you what I want (objective) and this tells you I can do it”.

Get testimonials from previous roles. You need to emphasize to the people you request this of that it is statement of past performance, not any kind of guarantee or reference for future performance which people are always more reluctant to do! Attach as separate document or appendix and reference in your “summary” section.

The message is “I have told you I can do it (examples of work) and this tells you other people think I can do it as well.”

Have a “relevant training” section straight after the “summary” section. Be sure to include any on the job training and highlight all the training that is directly relevant to achieving your “Objective” statement.

The message is “I have told you other people think I can do it (testimonials) and this tells you that I am officially recognised as being able to do it”.

In the “Work Experience” section describe a bit of how you used any of your relevant training to help solve business problems referencing formal analysis tools/techniques etc. Example: if in your current role there is “Documenting the business process by identifying the requirements and also involved in finding the system requirements”. State the process modelling method you used.

The message is “so I can do it (previous sections) and this tells you of occasions when I did it.”