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New Post 8/14/2013 9:26 PM
User is offline Amit
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How to get first BA job ? 

 I just finished my BA course , it's a new career for me , I have 8 years of experience in marketing, business development, operations and retail, but don't know how to get my first BA job

My experience is not relevant to BA jobs, don't know what to do, its typical situation no experience no job , and no job so no experience, what to do in this situation , i tried applying few jobs with my regular resume with sales and marketing experience but NO response 

will appreciate some help here - thanks 

New Post 8/15/2013 11:01 AM
User is offline NitWitNick
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Re: How to get first BA job ? 

 "My experience is not relevant to BA jobs"

Why Not ... 
Your marketing background could help companies to get more customers. Since you know how to market products, you experience could help the company develop applications to beat the competition.
With your "Business Development" background, which is "developing and implementing growth opportunities" you might look into a "Change Management" career where you can transition People, Teams, and Organizations to a future state ... to stay ahead of the competition (Marketing). It is kind of a High-Level BA job ... instead of working on a project, you are working across the enterprise.
Go to some of Technical Job Boards and search on "Change Management" or "Change Management Specialist" to see if your skills match to anything you did.
Here, I Found a Job Description:
"This person will focus on the people side of change – including changes to business processes, systems and technology, job roles and organization structures. The primary responsibility will be creating and implementing change management strategies and plans that maximize employee adoption and usage and minimize resistance."
Anything from your "Business Development" there ?
Also, redo your resume to high-light the skills you have but more towards the analyzing side ... like your "Marketing" ... describe how you were given a product to sell ... how you analyzed the product and the competition, collaborated with design teams to come up with advertising to outdo the competition and made the company $XXX, etc.
New Post 11/10/2013 12:11 PM
User is offline PatrickBaitsman
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Re: How to get first BA job ? 

 I would suggest researching the key skills BA's need - communication/problem solving/thinking strategically

and show you have built up these skills over your past careers and can apply them to the role you're applying for.

Be sure to have some examples up your sleeve when questioned. 

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