How to Use Professional Groups to Find a Business Analyst Job 2021 (New Grad)

Part 4 of a New Graduate’s Guide to Becoming a Data/Business Analyst

If you’re a minority in the tech field of any kind, use your identity to find professional groups.

Are you a woman? Gay? What about Black? Okay, well maybe, Asian? Do you live in a city or near one? (Seriously. Any city will do.) Do you code in Python? Do you code in R?

  1. Find the #jobs channel in the Slack group. (It may be called something like #job-offers, such as in RLadies)
  2. Join the city-specific channel, if it exists, for good measure.
  3. Check the channel every day, and if you find something that interests you, message the job poster directly — just a short message saying that you are interested in the job and that you’d like to learn more about the organization and/or position.
  4. Usually the job poster will indicate if the job is at their company; if not, ask if they can put you in touch with someone who is.

How to Find Professional Groups

Keep in mind that many groups are location-specific, but many are not. I would recommend joining both kinds. If you live in one place but are hoping to relocate to another, join groups in both locations. Search for Meetup groups and Slack channels.

  • Data Circles (originally a Women in Data Science chapter, but now doing its own gender-inclusive thing)
  • Women in Tech
  • RLadies
  • RLadies New York
  • PyLadies
  • Data Science Salon
  • Data Umbrella (NYC, geared toward people of color)
  • Ladies Storm Hackathon

Use small job boards — the smaller, the better.

Honestly, I don’t know why this works, but it does.

A New Graduate’s Guide to Becoming a Data/Business Analyst

Part 1: How to Become a Business Analyst 2021
Part 2: Skills and Projects You Need to Get a Data/Business Analyst Position
Part 3: How to Network and Use LinkedIn to Find a Job
Part 4: How to Use Professional Groups to Find a Business Analyst Job 2021
Part 5: How to Keep Your Sanity During Your Job Search

I write about computers (shout out to my CS degree!) and also about having emotions as a twenty-something. Professional me: elianagrosof.com. DM @elianasquared.

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