Financial Resume Writing

Written by Adam Blau
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In these times of a tight job market and unpredictable stock market, the art of financial resume writing has never been more important. As those around you are downsized and as dot-coms go out of business, there is a glut of skilled workers out there gunning for your job. If you're planning to get a new job or switch to a new firm, it is imperative that you buck the trend and brush up your financial resume writing skills.

What Components Go into Financial Resume Writing?

For starters, you can't just put in the same old statistics that other people in your position use. Though it's an unsettling thought, there are plenty of people out there who have the same work and schooling experience as you--maybe even more. In order to demonstrate your abilities and qualifications above and beyond the skills of others, you should be prepared to assemble a resume that displays your accomplishments in all their true glory.

If you have garnered a degree of success at your workplace, it might be helpful to begin your resume with a dedicated "Accomplishments" section. Perhaps you have brokered some exceptional deals at your company. Perhaps you had an internship with a particular brokerage firm, or have some experience on the trading floor. These should be placed in a prominent place: right at the top of your resume.

Make your story unique. Perhaps you're lucky enough to have worked at a dot-com that went belly-up. Lucky, you may ask? Yes, lucky; you can easily parlay this into a demonstration that you know what not to do. With a little bit of creative wording, you can turn what seemed to be a financial resume writing disaster into a fine bit of real-world experience that will be etched upon a hiring manager's mind. This unique bit of experience could help a new firm avoid similar circumstances, and hiring managers know that fact.


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