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Resume Writing Tips for Financial Analyst

Medha Godbole
A resume of a financial analyst in format and presentation is nothing different from any other one. Read on to know more about it.
In the rat race to excel in the professional field these days, aspiring professionals do not leave a single stone unturned. One of the umpteen ways in which aspiring and ambitious candidates try and impress the employers is through their resumes.
A well-crafted one not only speaks volumes of your personality on the whole but also portrays your strengths effectively. Talking of financial analyst, it is one of the hottest jobs up for grabs in the career market.

Role of a Financial Analyst

This person, simply put, does an assessment and scrutiny of the profitability and stability of a business, or a project, or even a sub business. This analysis can be done for in-house clients or external clients.
'Sell-side' analyst job is all about writing reports and notes giving opinions, while 'buy-side' does not need this. These people see the big picture and help a great deal in financial management.

Resume Summary

The fact that you need to give your skill sets, strengths, and qualification and experience at a glance, before the actual resume starts does not need to be told. It is absolutely inevitable.
So, if you are a financial analyst, with a good enough experience, may be you can write (if you have the qualifications) - Chief financial officer with 12 years of corporate accounting and management experience. Have an expertise in accounting systems development, reporting, and fiscal management.
Have developed and implemented financial and operational control, which can improve Profit & Loss account. This has to be proved by record. Along with the resume, attach the requisite documents.


The objective and purpose may differ from one person to another. But, on the whole, it has to reflect clearly your professional aims and aspirations. For instance: To obtain a responsible and challenging position with a company, where my work experience will be duly applied and appreciated and utilization of my opportunity for advancement will be achieved.
These two aspects are very crucial. These things may undergo a bit of change and will be altered, in case it is, let's say a senior analyst resume. This will look pretty heavy duty, with a detailed description of job profile - reports handled, financial statements reviewed, contribution in financial planning, and a lengthy summary.
On the other hand, entry-level ones will have lesser job experience, with little or no achievements and major objectives.


These factors are isolated now; let us take a look at what a resume will need to have. These things are:
  • Contact information with full name, campus and permanent address, telephone numbers, and email
  • Career objective
  • Summary of qualifications and experience
  • Areas of expertise
  • Achievements and accomplishments
  • Educational qualification and background
Financial analysts need to have graduate-level training in finance, such as MSF or MBA degrees, or they are qualified accountants (that is CMA,CCA, ACCA, CGA, or CA designation). Experience in the industry is most of the time preferred and that has a major impact on the salary.

At the end of the day, it is all about your work experience and career objective.