What is the best way to demonstrate your IT & business skills & knowledge?

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Being a management staff, how will you justify if a person is suitable for a post of Business Analysis or Client Analytics? Being a person armed with business skills and above average IT knowledge + a few diploma/professional qualifications in IT related subjects, how will you demonstrate your skills and knowlege to your potential employer?

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Primarily it would be led by the interviewer’s questions but when left to the interviewee, it would be subject to the following:
1. Past experience in what kind of companies. What kind meaning what was the work AREA of the company and the role played by the interviewee therein would give some indications.
2. Secondly, in the earlier experiences the interviewee would have undergone some projects and achieved some results. A brief of these achievements can be presented to the prospective employer;
3. If needed further, strong referrences should be provided from senior / renowned Business people of the ability of the candidate.

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  • AMorganJones
    The role you are describing encompasses both technical (IT) skills and business skills. Experience and qualifications can be gained in each. For IT skills there are plenty of certifcates in data and process modelling (e.g. SSADM, BPM) as well project skills (ALWAYS very useful - don't underestimate this one: most business people have no structured project management skills at all!) As for business skills (IT people will yawn at this point) there are various foundation courses in marketing, sales, finance, purchasing and the like. Of course both sides need to be supported by real world experience - which is not that difficult to gain if you are prepared to start on a small scale. Try descibing to your parents what your company does - if you can make them understand without resorting to buzz words and techno-babble then you have cracked it!
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  • Tuple9i
    Remember to include ALL of your experience. Couch the descritption of your position with the keywords that are in the job offer/ad/listing. For example, I did my wife's resume. Although she is not an IT type, you will get the gist of the entry in her resume: * Mother to 2 (two) children, ages 6 (son) and 4 (daughter). Position requires diligence, tact, scheduling, perseverance, time management and other traits too numerous to mention. As you can see in the "job" description, she brings to the front exactly what the employer wants to see. Also, she allowed the employer's agent to form a small bond based on shared experience, especially if the HR person was a mother. Creativity is what employers want. Give it to them, but remember not to embelish. That is the worst thing you can do, you will get caught! IT skills are great, but more and more employers want a better rounded individual, not just a "geek" who can handle a computer. Hope this helped a bit. tuple9i
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  • Catalysttx
    On the technical side....strong technical skills are valuable, but I also look for the ability to balance technology with business and customer needs as well as strong communication (written and oral) skills. Senior candidates need to demonstrate an ability to plan and execute projects successfully and on time. I put some but not a lot of importance on technical certifications, necessarily. I have met quite a few Oracle Masters who seemed to study only to pass the exams, but could not remember or apply the information. Our interviewing process for DBAs involves a hands-on test on both NT and Unix, if the candidate has identified both as a familiar platform, done by one of our senior DBAs. This allows the candidate to demonstrate technical ability and often tends to relax technical candidates who might be a littel nervous interviewing! Showing strong interest and initiative in the area is also very good....if a person really enjoys what they are doing (and is good at it too), that is a strong plus. Lyn
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  • Cballinger
    Either of these positions will deal heavily with the customer, whomever that may be, within the organizations IT structure or the customer base, so emphasis should be placed on your past experience in these areas. Hopefully a glowing recommendation from past users, the proven ability to commmunicate at all levels, many degreed individuals can't talk or communicate with others unless they are using their college vocabulary, when talking to everyone from the line crews to upper management may be required. Above all listen to your client and don't always assume just because you are an IT pro, what they say has no importance. Listen for what they aren't saying as well and ask those questions that bring out the real tasks and challenges.
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  • BigBob
    Dido on experience... Ask for a sample of the work from the past. They can eliminate info that is confidential, like a white paper.
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  • Frage3
    Wow, appreciate the example of the Mother's resume. Nice work. In other words you got to wrap the words as per the need of the employer. Like highlighting those skills more which are more needed by the employer.
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