College Graduate Finance Resume Example
Interested in a job in finance, but have limited work experience? Use this sample resume to help you write your own. This resume example is for a recent college graduate (or college senior) looking for a job in finance or consulting.
Also read below for tips on how to write a college graduate or college senior resume, specifically for a career in finance.
Tips for Writing a College Graduate Finance Resume
Highlight Academic Achievements
As a college student or graduate, your academic achievements are among your greatest assets. Highlight them by placing the “Education” section at the top of your resume. Include your GPA if it is strong, and list any achievements (such as academic awards). You might also include any finance-related coursework or projects you have completed.
If you have limited work experience, highlight any work experience gained from relevant internships. Internships are a great way for college students and graduates to acquire work experience and skills in a particular field and should be included on a resume under "Work History" or a related resume section.
Include Related Activities
You can, and should, include any extracurricular activities, volunteer experience, and other non-work experience related to the job. For a finance job, this might include serving as a treasurer for an organization or participating in a club related to your finance major. You can include these in either a “Related Experience” section or in a separate “Activities” section of your resume. In the resume example below, this section is called “Activities/Service.”
Use Numbers When Possible
When explaining your responsibilities or achievements, use numbers when possible to demonstrate how you added value to a company or organization. It is particularly important for finance positions, in which you will be working with money on a regular basis. If you were treasurer of a club, you might mention the amount of money you managed. If you helped an organization save a percentage of money through some cost-cutting strategies, mention the percentage.
Add a Skills List
Consider adding a “Skills” section to your resume, especially if the job requires a particular skill set. You can divide the “Skills” section into subsections, such as “Computer Skills,” “Language Skills,” etc.
Edit, Edit, Edit.
Even though a finance job requires technical skills, you also need to be a clear writer and communicator who pays attention to details. You, therefore, want to make sure your resume is free of errors. Proofread your resume thoroughly for spelling and grammar errors. Consider asking a college career counselor to look at your resume as well.
College Graduate Finance Resume Example
456 Oakwood Terrace
Philadelphia, PA 12121
XYZ College, XYZ Town, NY
Bachelor of Arts, May 20XX
Major: Government, 3.80 GPA
Minor: Business, 3.89 GPA
Dean’s List 20XX-20XX
ABC High School, ABC Town, CT
Intern, Pierre Financial Management, Hartford CT
Completed full-time internship working with institutional brokers analyzing United States markets and industries. Researched and evaluated derivatives, equities, and bonds with Pierre’s new analytics computer system.
Client Associate Intern, Acme Associates Consulting Firm, Hartford CT
October 20XX-October 20XX
Analyzed market trends, volumetric data, and consumer feedback to help over a dozen clients tailor products or services. Created custom solutions for sell-side financial institutions.
Consultant Intern, Johnson Studios Marketing Consulting Firm, Stamford CT
Analyzed private education market; research allowed firm expansion in three new metros. Researched media buying for two clients using databases, telephone surveys, and competitor data.
Survey Assistant, Hartford Superior Court, Albany NY
Created and implemented detailed project studying daily flow within courthouse, including data collection and analysis, employing Microsoft Excel. Performed filing and other administrative tasks for criminal and civil case flow offices.
ACTIVITIES / SERVICE
Chair, Social Integrity Board, XYZ College
Member, Social Integrity Board, XYZ College
Fall 20XX-Spring 20XX
Appointed by Student Government Association Executive Committee, as member of Social Integrity Board. Arbitrate and sanction students in violation of XYZ Student Code of Conduct. Coordinate delivering injunctions to students in both hearings and written form. Conduct cases in collaboration with Residential Life, and review campus honor codes.
Student Speakers Bureau Member, XYZ College
Apportion funds to XYZ organizations to bring speakers to campus. Manage over $10,000 annually.
Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Lexis-Nexis, Adobe