The question: I was recently relocated to the UK from India. I was working as a software engineer with more than two years' mainframe experience in banking and automobile domains. How can I improve my employability? I have registered with quite a few job sites but have not yet received any calls. I would like to change from a programmer analyst role to a business analyst, but almost all the recruiters are asking for experience. Is there any course that I can do which will make me eligible to apply for business analyst roles?
The solution: Seek qualifications or move sideways
The best way to increase your employability would be to move into a skill set which is more in demand. Just registering on job sites will not always give you the opportunities you are looking for. Taking a proactive approach to roles that are advertised will provide a better result.
Whenever you see a role that matches your skills and profile, respond to the job with a relevant and tailored CV and your telephone will ring. Business analyst training could also be of use to you - there are many companies that offer training in this area and it would be a valuable qualification to pick up.
The best way to progress into a business analyst role is to try for a sideways move within your current employer's business. If this is not forthcoming, try to get involved in requirement gathering or at any other stage of the development life cycle within your current role, which will provide you with experience to take forward.
Jason d'Silva Williams, manager, commercial IT recruitment, Hudson
The panel: Plan-Net Services, Hudson, Reed Technology, Zarak Technology, No Limits Coaching
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This was first published in July 2005