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New Post 11/27/2011 6:57 PM
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Business Card for the entry level Job Seeker 
Modified By Dustin  on 11/27/2011 11:06:46 PM)

Hi all,

This is my first post on Modern Analyst and I'd like to say that I've been able to take away some great information from this site and thank you all for the information I've received and will continue to receive. I am trying to break into the BA career field and have a 4th interview this week for a BA consulting role. I am going to be attending some networking events and need a business card this week. 

I am trying to design a business card that expresses my interest in becoming a BA. I can't really say that I'm a BA currently so I don't want to over state my abilities. I came up with a creative idea tonight and sketched out a few ideas which I would love to get your feedback on. I will call these examples my Use Cases!:

www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6416120787/

I need to make sure the the Use Cases make sense and if you all have any critiques or comments that would be fantastic!

 

Thank you!

 
New Post 11/28/2011 4:55 AM
User is offline AdamITBSA
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Re: Business Card for the entry level Job Seeker 

Hey Dustin,

The ideas look very cool and creative (and likely sure to stand out), however I'd caution against going too far in that direction.

The consulting position you're aiming for -- is the intent to go with a larger consulating firm?  If so, a more staid, conservative approach might be warranted.

One thought might be to have a two-sider... the back could be the "boring" business card format (which recruiters are used to seeing/managing/scanning into their software), while the front is the inventive diagramming approach.

As for the designs, I thought top-left and bottom-left were cool.  Top-right and middle-right had too much extraneous info with the keywords.  I might also hesitate to call these "use cases" per se... it looks more like a thought-diagramming or modeling mockup (also a very important BA tool).

And finally... all this is just one person's opinion (mine!).  Big up for this!  :-)

-- Adam

 
New Post 11/28/2011 6:34 AM
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Re: Business Card for the entry level Job Seeker 
Modified By Dustin  on 11/28/2011 9:39:40 AM)

Adam,

Having a chance to sleep on the idea of having thjis be the sole design on a card made me more aware to the points you have eluded to. I think you are right in saying that if I my goal is to work for any of these larger organizations in MN, a "proper" business card might be in order. I do like the idea of having a two-sider and will probably go that route as I do enjoy seeing a card where someone put just a little extra effort into breaking away from the norm.

While you are the only one to comment thus far, I think the comments are quite sensible and appreciate the ideas! That's what I'm hear for!

Do you happen to have any suggestions on how to phrase my role or objective? Like I states above I would be considered a Junior level BA who is looking for his first BA gig. I want to let that be known without conveying that I am more qualified than I really am.

 
New Post 11/29/2011 4:42 AM
User is offline AdamITBSA
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Re: Business Card for the entry level Job Seeker 

To convey a role or objective, one approach might be to emphasize what's drawing you to the function of business analysis.

For example, if you think you'd enjoy using analytical problem solving to help identify, define, and implement/improve business processes or functions, that might give folks the idea of what you're looking to get out of it (although some might call such a line pretty vauge--your mileage may vary).  Some of the other threads have various thoughts/tips on how to position oneself.

If you enjoy the constant learning of a specific industry you're targeting, you can indicate your excitement to be part of that industry and learn about it by working on delivering concrete process improvements or system implementations.

If you enjoy dealing with different types of people (from different backgrounds/levels) and working with them to reach a shared understanding, or working with people to influence vision and direction... &tc.

-- Adam

 

 
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