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What qualifications do you seek when hiring a new Business Continuity Planner?

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I am a 17 year old black woman in my senior year of high school who aspires to be a Business Continuity Planner. #business #business-management #business-management

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Jai’s Answer

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Great question.

This is a very niche skill. Each industry and department's need for Business Continuity will be different.

For example, Business continuity for a software development department could mean access to applications, tools, network etc. whereas Network Infrastructure department's Business Continuity could mean something entirely different. So what this means is what measures have been put in place to give alternate access to applications in case there is a network failure. As a Business Continuity Planner you will be involved in driving projects to enable this functionality to the business. Once its been developed, you may be responsible to execute it when needed.

In simple words, depending on the industy and department your job will be to make sure business keeps running no matter what.

Maybe its not the most straight forward - I think your first step should be deciding on which industry and/or department do you want to be a Business Continuity planner for.

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Kimberly’s Answer

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You are choosing a career that has success built on not just the mechanics of knowing the trade but also on relationships, hone this part of your skill set and never underestimate the power of being likeable and trustworthy. People choose to work with people they like, especially when it comes to areas that require more social interaction. Toastmasters is a great organization if you are more introverted to learn how to communicate and express yourself -- but it is also fantastic for extroverts to focus their delivery and appeal to everyone. Think about the doctors and nurses, coaches, teachers etc that are more kind, listen, engage, make you feel comfortable and heard. Those are the people you want to see again and trust. This will be key to your success anywhere but also very much in your chosen field. Good Luck!
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