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When you’re seeking a new job, an employer judges you by what appears on your resume. What we’ve done is enlist the aid of experts to review a financial analyst resume sample to spot a few common mistakes and offer tips on how to avoid them. Read the points below to make sure your resume looks great and will motivate hiring managers to call you for a job interview.
Use a standard summary statement
While the Financial Analyst resume does a god job of listing a summary of qualifications, turning the bullet list into a 4 6 sentence format is better. This format is expected with today’s resumes. Also, switching to a standard summary statement eliminates the overuse of bullets and creates a more reader-friendly lay out. Here’s an example: Summary Highly-skilled Financial Analyst with Over 5 years of experience with all aspects of daily business operations including personnel, HR issues, HIPPA compliance, payroll, budgeting, and forecasting. Extensive experience with financial reporting and financial analysis. Knowledge of financial issues specific to the healthcare field. Advanced Excel skills including V-lookups, macros, sumifs, and embedded if statements. In-depth knowledge of provider reimbursement and claims.
Place computers skills section below the summary
With most resume formats, a section highlighting your areas of expertise and/or skills is typically listed after the summary statement. When you possess relevant computer skills that should be one of the first things a prospective employer sees. In this resume, the author places this section at the end of the resume. It’s an important section employer’s consider when deciding who to contact for an interview, so makes sure you list it near the top of your resume.
Use the proper format for the employment history section
The employment history section should give the employer an overall picture of your experience. While the Financial Analyst is very thorough in providing specific details and quantitative metrics, there are a few things that need correction, such as including job locations, writing all the current job duties and responsibilities in present tense, ending each bulleted sentence with a period and narrowing the list to 5 8 statements. Here’s a revised version of the candidate’s current position: Experience Financial Analyst – March 2011 to Present Maxim Healthcare Services Baltimore, MD
It’s also a good idea to avoid word repetition and starting sentences with responsible for and accountable for.
List the most recent degree first
The job candidate has a master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management. This should be listed above the B.A. a degree. When listing your educational credential always start the list with your most recent degree, especially if you’ve earned advanced degrees beyond college. WRONG University of Maryland May 2008 B.A: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Psychology College Park, MD University of Maryland University College Aug. 2013 M.S: Accounting and Financial Management Adelphi, MD RIGHT University of Maryland University College Aug. 2013 M.S: Accounting and Financial Management Adelphi, MD University of Maryland May 2008 B.A: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Psychology College Park, MD Are you ready to apply what you’ve learned from this financial analyst resume sample to your own resume? Get started now with QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.