Creating a resume for analytics

How will you stand out?

General tips

The below tips apply to any resume, regardless of profession. It’s always good to give your document a thorough review to ensure you do not fall foul of any of these.

  1. Only have things in your resume that you know intimately. It can be tempting to take complete credit for something you only had a small or no part in, or list a skill you are still learning/never used professionally. Please do not do this. Interviewers have no patience for this stuff. They can and will ask you to elaborate on what you have written, and can spot a liar. That ends any prospects you had of landing the job.
  2. Formatting consistency, spelling and grammar checks are a must. It’s a turn-off to see bad spelling and/or grammar, as well as inconsistent formatting (E.g. Paragraphs and bullets starting with random indents/margins, different fonts throughout the same section of the resume). All of this makes your resume painful to read, and you’re less likely to get an interview as a result.
  3. Save and send PDF formats. The formatting remains consistent across devices and platforms, while the same cannot be said of the native formats of document-editing software.
  4. As a rule of thumb, try not to have a resume longer than 1 page if your relevant experience is under 4 years, and 2 pages for experience is under 7 years. You should be able to showcase your best self without requiring more space than this, provided you read and take on board the rest of this post :)

Template

While professionals who work as Designers or Filmmakers go for complex, snazzy templates, it is preferable to go for a plain, formal template in this case. Mostly text, easy to read and edit is the way to go.

Sections

The basic sections you will need (In order, preferably) are listed below. Elaborate details on each of them follow in the next part of this post.

  1. Personal details: Contact details and professional profile links
  2. Professional summary: A brief statement or three summarizing who you are and what you bring to the table
  3. Professional experience: Details of your work through the years
  4. Skills: An organized list of relevant tools and techniques
  5. Awards and recognition: Brag about times employers have formally recognized your contribution
  6. Qualifications: Majors and universities (educational), and relevant certifications (professional)

Personal details

The purpose of this is to provide a way for interested employers to get in touch, and to provide a window to your online (professional) persona

  1. Statistical techniques
  2. Programming languages
  3. Visualization/presentation platforms
  4. Data platforms

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