The Top 7 Resume Tips for Financial Analysts

by Richard C. Wilson on August 15, 2011

You resume can make or break your chance at the next job you are applying for.  If you are looking for a job in the financial analysis field, you will want to follow these tips to ensuring your resume is ready for the job application process.

1-     Ensure your resume is up to date.  You would be surprised to know how many people do not keep their resume up to date.  Your chances of getting the interview, much less the job, with a resume that is not updated is slim.  Keep your resume fresh and up to date.

2-     Make it professional.  Don’t try the newest trendy idea when applying for a professional job such as a financial analyst. Make sure your resume has all that it needs in a concise, professional manner.

3-     Make it specific for the job.  Too many jobseekers try to cut corners by having one resume and cover letter for all jobs.  However, making certain you tailor your resume to the job you are applying for makes your resume stand out from the other applicants and shows your attention to detail and professionalism.

4-     Use keywords that are appropriate to the job.  Using keywords that are appropriate to the field of financial analysis can help your resume and cover letter stand out. Look at job advertisements and job descriptions to find key words that would be ideal for you to include in your resume.

5-     Do not add unnecessary sections or words.  Including your personal hobbies and interests or every job you have had since high school is unnecessary in most cases.  If you have limited job experience, you may be including all your work history but tailor the bullets to reflect the job you are searching for.  Also, including “references available upon request” is an old style resume and not necessary. Everyone knows you have references available if they are requested. Save the space for more valuable experience.

6-     Be specific about experience.  Writing that you have experience as a financial analyst is not enough.  A prospective employer will want specifics.  If you have experience on projects or jobs where you gained experience as a financial analyst, ensure you include specifics about the job or project including title, dates, your specific responsibilities and valuable numbers and data that will help the reader understand your role.

7-     Proofread.  The biggest turn off that any employer will have is to be sent a resume with spelling and grammatical errors.  Remember, your resume is usually your first impression given to a potential employer. Make sure your resume is the most professional impression you can give.

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