Preparing business analyst resume with testing experience
A testing professional can become a business analyst upgrading his/her skills needed at the entry level. But to get shortlisted for interview, your resume must align with the HR/Recruiter’s expectations. So, how should you prepare the resume for the business analyst role.
You can read the above blog post to know more about the key skills. But just to summarize these skills:
- Requirement Elicitation Techniques
- Requirements Analysis and Modelling
- UML Modelling
- User Stories Modelling
- Writing Requirements Specifications (SRS, FSD etc)
- SELECT queries in SQL for ad-hoc reporting and testing
These skills should get reflected in your resume. Let’s try and see how to incorporate them and build a winning resume
Pick up a good template
Pick up a decent looking template from the web. The best resource is Microsoft Word itself. You can pick up from the existing ones or search the web resources to get one.
Important thing about any resume is that it should not be too long or too short. One page resume is not for experienced professionals. You should also not create a 6 page resume. Ideal size of the resume should be 3 pages.
Highlight relevant skills
Focus on what might be expected from an entry level business analyst. I have already highlighted some of the key skills. So, you can highlight these business analysis skills on the first page using bullet points.
There are other areas of expertise, which are important for a BA. These are relating to customer interactions and communication skills. For example:
- I was involved with the UAT co-ordination in the ………project. During this period, I co-ordinated with the development team to get the defects fixed and deployed.
- I conducted the user training before the UAT phase. There were 30 people in the customer team.
These two skills help in highlighting the customer orientation and the presentation skills.
Showing Project experience
As a testing professional, you must have worked on projects to conduct functional testing. You must have good understanding of the project. Leverage that understanding to showcase your role.
In the role section for the project, you should mention the responsibilities so that the recruiter gets a semblance of your familiarity and exposure to business analyst.
The format of the project section should be as shown below:
Project: Project Name
Location: Mumbai, India
Period: Dec’12 to Jul‘14
Role: Junior Business Analyst
Technology: Ektron CMS, Visual Studio 2010, SQL Developer, SQL Server Management Studio (IDE), Tortoise SVN, Plateau and WinSCP
Tools: Oracle 10g, SQL Server 2005/2008 (Database) and SSIS Packages (Data Warehousing)
Description: The project focused on test preparation & admissions consulting company with three major modules on product development, student enrolment and finance management & development of 8 medium scale applications
- Responsible for requirement gathering & analysis from client
- Maintained and improved existing system for better productivity
- Handled bug fixing, performance testing, monitoring and reporting of the site
- Developed and implemented automation tool for timely delivery of project activities
- Prepared status reports, software requirements specification and scope document regarding project activities
Master your resume and work experience
Last, but not the least, you must be good in explaining all the information provided in the resume as a considerable time is spent by the interviewer on your resume. Since I have conducted many interviews, this is what I prefer to do.
All the best….
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