Bounce Back to IT: Focus on Analyst Positions


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This is a copy of my March 9th presentation at the Bounce Back St. Louis session for IT Professionals in transition.

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  • Thank you Blair. Welcome everyone and thank you for coming tonight! I am thrilled for this opportunity to work with you as you transition to your next GREAT opportunity. I would ask that if this is your first Bounce Back session, to please stand. We hope that you find this session beneficial and helpful though your journey. Tonight we are going to discuss Analysts positions. What are they, What is expected and what jobs are available. I am going to introduce a new topic tonight called the Happiness Project. David Strom will share networking tips prior to our Breakout groups. Then we will wrap it up. Any questions?
  • What are the different types of positions we consider Analysts positions?   Networks systems and data communications analysts  perform a number of tasks in relation to data communications systems, like the Internet, including designing, analyzing, testing, and assessing systems and their performance. Analysts might also supervise computer programmers and work as specialists who handle the interfacing of computers and communications equipment. How Fast Is It Growing?  This is considered the leading occupation in terms of the percentage of growth in jobs. In large part, this is due to the increasing use of computers and information technology. The rise from 262,000 employees in 2006 to 402,000 in 2016 represents a 53.4 percent increase over that span - that's 140,000 new jobs Network Systems & Data Comm Analysts: Analyze, design, test, and evaluate network systems, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), Internet, intranet, and other data communications systems. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. Research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software. Include telecommunications specialists who deal with the interfacing of computer and communications equipment. May supervise computer programmers. Computer Systems Analysts Analyze science, engineering, business, and all other data processing problems for application to electronic data processing systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software. Exclude persons working primarily as "Engineers", "Mathematicians", or "Scientists". May supervise computer programmers. Management Analysts Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplifications and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Include program analysts and management consultants. Operations Research Analysts Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods using a computer to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. May develop related software, service, or products. Frequently concentrates on collecting and analyzing data and developing decision support software. May develop and supply optimal time, cost, or logistics networks for program evaluation, review, or implementation.
  • Total Jobs Openings 2016 Projection Growth Computer Systems Analyst 9,620 460 11,630 2,010 Network Sys. & Data Comm Analysts 5,090 330 7,360 2,270 Management Analysts 7,980 150 8,160 180 Operations Research Analysts 900 30 990 90
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems. Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving and decision-making. Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job. Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems. Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design. Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • As the economy has shifted, we have seen that the majority of the Business Analyst we recruit requires all of the following….   1)       Lead or project management experience 2)       Technical experience 3)       Business Analysis or Data Analysis experience   The ideal candidate can have different weightings in technical or business/data analysis experience. Lead or project management work is a plus to some degree, and we are not looking for pure Program or Project Managers. People who may have worked in the field of data acquisition. A business analyst with a proven track record of writing requirements for and working with developers to implement a user interface   They core Job Functions are data modeling, Data testing, working with developers, running through test scripts   Platforms – Windows/Unix based   Candidates need a strong technical background     Core behaviors manager look for:   Creative Thinking Naturally Accountability Exceptional Communication Personal Discipline Problem Solving Persistence Learning Orientation Desire to work and learn
  • Examine yourself! What do you like to do? Look at the task, activities and responsibilities of the position that interest you and determine which you LIKE to do. Highlight those tasks and activities in a specific color (Orange). Remember, this is what you LIKE doing, not what you CAN do or what you are GOOD at doing. I can do many things, but I don’t like some of them. Without this insight into what you LIKE to do, you cannot go after the job you want. It has to be a good fit, otherwise you will fail in the interview. Now go through all of the KSA, tasks and activities and put a YELLOW dot (or highlight) those items you are the BEST at doing. Do not include things you know you can do but you are not good at doing them. Spend some time thinking about past annual reviews a supervisor has given you. What did you excel at? An example is that I can sew, but I would never say I was good at it. By knowing and understanding that, I keep from disappointing myself or others and I don’t volunteer to sew something important. Then with a third highlighter indicate all of the things you can or have done before. So we know what we like to do and we know what we are the BEST at. Step back and think about these results. If you LIKE to do the things you are BEST at, that is GREAT! If there are many things you marked as being BEST at, but don’t LIKE doing them, take some time to think about those issues. If you are doing work that you don’t like, it will show. Finally, what is the ratio of things you can or have done to the things expected for the job. If there is a lot of white space, this may not be the job for you. So you know the gaps. Now what? That depends on the gap and how best to close it. Options include: Education – either self taught or take a class Experience or Practice – VOLUNTEER yourself to gain those skills; find a purpose and keep your skills sharp while making a difference. Take action! Everyday you should have something you are working on to improve your options! Is your resume ready? If you fold it in half, does it reflect your skills and what accomplishments you have that show those skills? Does your resume match what the job posting is asking? Remember – KEYWORDS!!! Don’t mass produce your resume. Network with the right people. If you want an analyst job, then you need to identify the friends, family and people in your network who are analyst or work with analyst. This requires you to discuss their job, what they do and who they work with daily. They will know when jobs are coming available.
  • There are many resources out there and available to you.
  • One of the key things to a successful interview is being happy and relaxed. I can tell you that if you walk into an interview upset, sad, depressed, angry, nervous, standoffish or just plain unhappy the interview will not go well. How can it? Do you enjoy talking to someone who is unhappy? Would you want to work with someone who is unsure of themselves or doesn’t really know what they want out of life? Being happy in life is the key to being happy in your job. As I thought about this session and what I could bring to the table, I knew it was my optimistic approach to life. Don’t get me wrong. I have my bad days and sometimes fell unhappy. But I don’t stay there and I have learned how to not let it effect those around me. I then began hearing about The Happiness Project. Gretchen Rubin wrote The Happiness Project. It is an an account of the year she spent test-driving studies and theories about how to be happier. She has a blog that shares her insights to help you create your own happiness project. When I discovered this, I thought this was the perfect group to explore a happiness project with. This approach reminds me of Steven Covey. His approach and thought processes are similar. If this doesn’t work for you, I encourage you to read First Things First or The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People First Splendid Truth To be happier, you have to think about  feeling good, feeling bad , and  feeling right , in an  atmosphere of growth . Second Splendid Truth One of the best ways to make  yourself  happy is to make  other people  happy; One of the best ways to make  other people  happy is to be happy yourself . Third Splendid Truth The days are long, but the years are short .  (click the link to see my one-minute movie) Fourth Splendid Truth You’re not happy unless you think you’re happy.   corollary:  You’re happy if you think you’re happy.
  • Bounce Back to IT: Focus on Analyst Positions

    1. 1. Bounce Back in IT: Focus on Analysts Positions March 9 th , 2010 Sheila Burkett Tuxedo Park Management, LLC
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Introductions: Blair Forlaw </li></ul><ul><li>Analyst Positions: Sheila Burkett </li></ul><ul><li>Happiness Project: Sheila Burkett </li></ul><ul><li>Networking Tips: David Strom </li></ul><ul><li>Breakout Groups: EVERYONE </li></ul><ul><li>Wrap-up: Sheila Burkett </li></ul>
    3. 3. Job Data On Analyst Positions <ul><li>Network Systems & Data Communications Analysts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Telecommunication Specialists </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Computer Systems Analysts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Informatics Nurse Specialist </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Management Analysts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Programmer Analysts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Management Consultants </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Operations Research Analysts </li></ul>
    4. 4. Missouri Job Data Data from
    5. 5. Knowledge X X Mathematics X X X Engineering & Technology X X X X Computers & Electronics X X X X English X Telecommunications X Personnel & HR X X Administration & Mgmt X X X Customer & Personal Service OR MA CSA NA
    6. 6. Skills X X Active Learning X X X Active Listening X Mathematics X X X Critical Thinking X Equipment Selection & Troubleshooting X Time Management X Coordination X Judgment & Decision Making X Reading Comprehension X Operational & Systems Analysis X X X Complex Problem Solving OR MA CSA NA
    7. 7. Abilities X X Written Expression X X X Written Comprehension X X X Inductive Reasoning X X X Oral Comprehension X Fluency of Ideas, Near Vision X Category Flexibility, Speech Clarity X Number Facility X Mathematical Reasoning X X Oral Expression X X Information Ordering X X Problem Sensitivity X X X Deductive Reasoning OR MA CSA NA
    8. 8. Recruiter Perspective <ul><li>Mike Davis, Professional Employment Group </li></ul><ul><li>Business Analysts need to have: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lead or PM Experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business Analysis or Data Analysis experience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Functions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data Modeling, Data Testing, Work with Developers, Run Test Scripts </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Positions Available <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>135 jobs 70 miles within 63119 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Types </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Operations Analyst </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HRIS Analyst </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workforce Analyst </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sr. Analyst </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Systems Analyst </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Positions Available, cont. <ul><li>Types </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Applications Analyst </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RPG Developer/Analyst </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data Analyst </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Testing Ops Analyst </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business Intelligence Lead </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Campaign QA Analyst </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network Engineer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Management Specialist </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Types </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SAP QM Business Analyst </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IT Capacity Planner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data Comm Tech/Analyst </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Development Business Analysts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Watch StlJobAngels </li></ul>
    11. 11. Position Yourself & Your Resume <ul><li>What do you LIKE to do? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your BEST skills? </li></ul><ul><li>Where are your GAPS? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you or will you close the GAPS? </li></ul><ul><li>Update skills to close gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Update Resume – Top ½ Page Approach </li></ul><ul><li>Network with right people! </li></ul>
    12. 12. Resources Available <ul><li>Career One Stop </li></ul><ul><li>Missouri Career Center </li></ul><ul><li>Universities </li></ul><ul><li>Free Technology Sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Effort </li></ul>
    13. 13. The Happiness Project <ul><li>Gretchen Rubin wrote The Happiness Project </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Commandments </li></ul><ul><li>The Four Splendid Truths </li></ul><ul><li>Inspirations </li></ul><ul><li>Your Happiness Manifesto </li></ul><ul><li>Happy Memories </li></ul>
    14. 14. The Happiness Project – Next Steps <ul><li>Read the Book </li></ul><ul><li>Signup and gain access to: http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Create your resolutions and put them online. </li></ul><ul><li>Start down this journey. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Networking Tips By: David Strom
    16. 22. Breakout Groups <ul><li>8-10 in a group </li></ul><ul><li>INTRODUCTION: 1 minute each </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30 second elevator pitch on what you do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One thing that is working for you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One challenge facing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Help each other! </li></ul><ul><li>Share contact information </li></ul>
    17. 23. Wrap Up <ul><li>Action Items </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Review Analysts Position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conduct review of self to position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Update resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NETWORK </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore The Happiness Project Toolbox </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Drawing </li></ul>
    18. 24. Reference Resources and Articles <ul><li>Articles on Analysts Positions </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul>