Quickly Get your Business Analyst Resume Noticed, with a Compelling Summary

The resume summary is a very rich section designed to quickly demonstrate you've got what it takes. Let's look at two examples of very compelling resume summaries for business analysts.

1. Highlights of resume for Banana Inc.

  • MBA with 8 years of experience in business and systems analysis and support.
  • Consistently drive innovation, simplification and solution optimization.
  • Saved $1 million in costs by choosing a new provider of data system.
  • Analyzed employer's largest customer information database, removing over 10,000 records to bring database into referential integrity standards, allowing for a smoother transition to new systems.

2. Summary for Manufacturer ABC Inc.

  • Business analyst with 12 years of experience with global manufacturers, designing and implementing profitability and performance improvement solutions, ensuring customer value and alignment with business objectives.
  • Expert in building consensus around winning strategies, and the associated goals and action plans.
  • Led $9 million program to deliver enterprise data warehouse.
  • Facilitated training workshops in groups of 20-40 professionals across the state.

The goal of the summary is to: 1. show you qualify and 2. build a strong first impression. And you do that very, very quickly, in a few bullets. Never forget the job ad when crafting your summary. Maybe you'll see certain keywords in there that need to be emphasized in your summary. Unless you're too early in your career, you should mention how many years of experience you have. Also touch on the sectors or specialties you've worked in. You could also try to highlight whether you're stronger on the business side, the IT side, or feel generally well-rounded.

Make sure your resume summary is tailored!

As I often repeat, accomplishments are the strongest elements of your resume, because they make you stand out from the crowd of business analysts. On your resume, you want as many accomplishments as possible. But in your summary, you have to choose a few that seem most relevant for the specific job you're applying for. Which means that your summary repeats your key accomplishments. It's a smart thing to be redundant with the most valuable info on your resume! A potential employer won't mind that you insist on saving a million dollar by choosing a new provider, or leading a large data warehouse program! If you write a strong summary using these tips, potential employers are much more likely to give your resume a good read. And that's a necessary step to getting more interviews!

More tips for business analysts

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