Asking a Financial Analyst About Resume Writing- Tips for Finance Majors

Eva Yi Zheng
6 min readSep 15, 2021

Back in 2019, my resume sucked. It sucked so much that I would use it as toilet paper if I wasn’t scared of clogging the toilet.

When I saw this financial analyst’s resume, I was shocked. It was so neat. We are the same age but his resume looked so professional at first glance.

That was when I realized why I hadn’t been getting any internships and any interview requests. It all made sense.

It took a while but I finally got the courage to ask him to send me a copy of his resume and I studied it for a while. It wasn’t until I was about to finish my bootcamp that I finally understood how to create a good resume. It took me SO long to finally figure it out.

But I’ve written a lot about my tips and tricks, so it’s time for a more refreshing take on resume writing. This time, it’ll be through the lens of a financial analyst who was originally an accounting major, but later changed to be a finance major. He just passed his CFA level 2 exam and will be taking the last one next year.

You’ve mentioned that it took you a while before you started to understand finance. What kept you going? Any moments when you wanted to switch majors again?

It’s about finding something that interests you.

If you’re passionate about what you’re doing/studying, you’ll have the motivation to spend time understanding the material. It can certainly get discouraging at times when I read some material and don’t fully digest what I’m reading even after re-reading 2–3 times. I would take a break but I’d always find myself wanting to go back and attempt it again. That’s totally normal but if you find yourself taking a break and dread going back to pick up where you left off, maybe the topic isn’t right for you.

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