How To Write a Finance Resume

When applying for a finance position, you have to make your resume stands out. Not only is the economy bad, and that means lots of people are looking for work, but finance applicants are a dime a dozen. That's not to say that you should give up hope. As long as you have clean and powerful finance resume, that finance position will be yours.

Cover Letter
The first thing you'll want to work on is your cover letter. An employer is going to want to know what type of person you are and why you want the job. They want to know what kind of job you'll do when it comes to finance; whatever the job may be. They want to know that you have attention to detail and that you are only interested in their company. For that reason, do not make a generic cover letter and send it to multiple companies. Instead, tailor each one with the company's name, as well as the person's name who doe the hiring; if you know it.

When applying for a finance position, an employer is going to want to know that you've worked in finance before. Unless the job listing says that the job is entry level, they're going to want someone who knows their stuff. Not only do they want to know what kind of work you've done in the past, but they're going to want to know your accomplishments, too. List the companies you've worked for, the dates, and what you did for those companies that helped that company grow and prosper.

An employer looking for a finance employee is going to want to know that the applicant has a college degree. The more education you have, the better chance you have of getting the job. An MBA is the ideal degree to have when applying for a finance position, but, really, an employer just wants to know that you graduated with a degree in some sort of finance related field.

The problem most people run into is that they have more experience than they do schooling, or vice versa. If you feel your resume is unbalanced, design it so that you show off your strong points first, and then subtly list your other achievements as a supplement to the resume. As long as your resume is clean with no errors, and reveals your desire and ability to work in the finance industry, you will stand out amongst many others applying for the same job. Good luck job hunting and hopefully that resume will land you the job you're after.


Gail Esparan