5 Things Analysts Must Have In Their CV
As much as your CV should show your employment history and qualifications as a matter of course, how do you stand out in the crowd of thousands of analysts with a standard, generic CV?
Spend two minutes searching the internet, and you will be deluged with a plethora of ‘how to guides’ packed full of repetitive tips on how to write a CV. However none that delve deep enough to be specific in delivering targeted, and topical action points that hiring managers really look for when employing analysts.
After working with thousands of job hunters here at Harnham, we know all too well that competition for analyst roles in particular is always fierce, and hiring managers are increasingly specific about the skill sets they seek.
So, to help bridge the gap between job seekers and hiring managers, here are some of things we have learned over our 10 years of trading, which make an analyst’s CV stand out in the right way.
These can be the catalyst for turning your CV from good to great. Demonstrating empirical evidence of your individual impact on a project, will naturally force hiring managers to sit up and notice you. It’s good to state where you have directly driven value for your company and place an exact figure to this. Hiring managers are always interested in seeing how your work can improve their business.
Be sure to list all the tools you’re highly competent in and avoid listing those you’ve used once, but have no real skill in. As a rule of thumb, if you use a tool daily/weekly, then it is worth mentioning. Don’t assume readers will know all the tools you’ve used based on your company’s jargon. Be specific and list full, current names to avoid any doubt.
This may seem obvious, but part and parcel of being a great analyst is having the ability to present information clearly. In the case of writing your CV, try to empathise with the reader, and assume they have an inbox full of 100+ CVs to review – you want to make a great first impression and stand out quickly. Avoid using paragraphs, creating lengthy 6-page CVs and using confusing colours or fonts. You’re better off presenting your individuality and personality in person.
If you have a clear idea of what kind of job you want to move on to next, then weight your CV in that direction, so it closely matches the position, and is not generic. It is normal for many analysts to have other tasks and responsibilities alongside their day to day job. If you want to be an analyst, then focus your relevant experience and skills towards demonstrating how well you can perform in this job, and less on the campaigns you created for example.
Vitally – remember, the purpose of your CV is to answer questions, not to create them. Most commonly, unexplained gaps in employment or unknown tools used can cause confusion. Always state the obvious; if you manage people, or stakeholder relationships, then say it! Hiring managers do not know what your responsibilities were in previous roles, and if your skills match what they are looking for. Being clear about all you can, and have done may be the difference between getting an interview or not.
In a nutshell, before you hit “apply” for your next new opportunity, refer to this list, and run through the requirements in the job spec, to make sure you’ve covered as many of these points off as possible. Demonstrate your capabilities and experience in such a way that anyone reading your CV knows you are the best person for the job straight away.