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Tips for Preparing Your Financial Modeling Resume

It doesn’t matter whether you are looking to move up in financial modeling or you are fresh out of school looking for your first job, a resume is imperative to job search success.  Your resume makes your first impression, not only highlighting your education and experience, but shows your professionalism and creativity that can make you stand out from the crowd of financial modeling job applicants.

First, you will want to emphasize your education and experience.  Even if the experience is not directly related to financial modeling, you can highlight it in a way that makes it applicable to the job for which you are applying. This is important when creating your resume. Next, be sure to emphasize skills that are applicable to the prospective financial modeling job as well as straight education and work experience.

Lastly, make yourself stand out from the crowd. Be sure there are no typos, questionable statements or important information that is left off the resume. Be clear and concise; a prospective company does not have a lot of time to read pages of editorial on your work history and education to narrow down the applicants to those they wish to call for an interview. Be sure to state what is important. Memberships to groups that have nothing to do with financial modeling will likely have no bearing on your getting the job and are best left off the resume. Space fillers will only appear to be space fillers.

Make the resume applicable to the job for which you are applying and keep it to one page. You are best to state your education, work experience, and skills concisely, which will give you something on which to elaborate during your interview.

What Not to List on Your Financial Modeling Resume

When writing your resume, there are many items you need to include.  However, there are just as many that you need to omit.  When applying for a financial modeling job, you will want to make sure your resume is professional and up-to-date as well as free of extraneous information.  Making certain you do not include the following can help you clean up your resume and have it ready for that next big job application.

Here are a few things not to include on your resume:

  • work history that has nothing to do with the job you are applying for. The fact that you worked cutting grass when you were 16 will likely have little to do with landing a financial modeling job.
  • hobbies that do not have anything to do with financial modeling.  You may have won a prize for your cake decorating but it probably hasn’t developed any skills pertinent to the job you are applying for.
  • memberships to clubs and associations that are not related to financial modeling. Belonging to the NRA is fine but it has nothing to do with financial modeling and should not be on your resume.
  • personal information. Resumes should not include personal information such as your physical description, religious affiliation, or number of dependents.  Your potential employer cannot ask this information and cannot base hiring on it either so there is no need for this information to be on your resume.

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