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An Opinionated Guide To Crafting Your First Business Analyst Resume

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  • Use simple, straightforward language
  • Highlight your strengths
  • Tailor your resume to the job you are applying for
  • Use action words
  • Don’t be afraid to brag a little!

Don’t malign the goldfish

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Can anyone hear me?

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  • A blog
  • A writing portfolio
  • A project or work experience portfolio
  • Contributions to open-source projects
  • Social media handles (where you share professional thoughts and ideas)
  • Badges or achievements on online learning platforms if relevant to the job (for example, Salesforce Trailhead for Salesforce Business Analysts)
  • Don’t put the contact information in the document header. Some ATS (application tracking software) programs can’t or won’t read the header and footer content.
  • Keep the contact information to one line and one line only. You need to optimize the space at the top of your resume as much as possible. See Mind the fold next to learn why.

Mind the fold

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  • Name
  • Headline (see Anchor me, please below)
  • Contact information
  • Professional career summary (see TL; DR: below)

Anchor me, please

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Why two when one can do?

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  • Your name
  • Your contact information
  • A headline
  • A professional career summary
  • Be easy to read and distribute
  • Contain targeted information about your achievements
  • Establish your authority and build trust by showcasing your credentials and results

Escape from the Great Wall of Text

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Do I need to Google this?

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I got mad skills

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Target everybody, target nobody

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  1. A job that would be my dream job right now, where I currently meet ~50% of the requirements.
  2. A job that could be my dream job two years from now, where I currently meet ~25% of the requirements.
  3. A job that I have the best odds of landing right now, where I currently meet ~70% of the requirements.

Friends don’t let friends make typos

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Rip me into shreds!

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Finally, write for humans

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  • Use simple, clear language while avoiding complex sentence structure, jargon, and flowery or technical language.
  • Stick to standard fonts and formatting. No fancy graphics or unusual layouts.
  • Use keywords relevant to the roles, responsibilities, and qualifications outlined in the job description.
  • Use keyword-rich titles for each section of your resume, such as “Work Experience” or “Skills.”
  • Proofread your resume to ensure that it’s free of typos. A typo can be the difference between getting an interview and being filtered out by the ATS.
  • Save your resume as a PDF, so the formatting stays intact when uploaded to an ATS.



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Pragati Sinha

I write about the intersection of passion, purpose, and potential in career and life.