How to Write a Finance Resume

To write a good finance resume, you’ll need to show you can manage money successfully for clients or organizations. The tips and examples below will help you write each section of your resume so it gets you interviews for your next finance job.

  • Entry-Level
  • Mid-Career
  • Senior-Level
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1. Create a profile by summarizing your finance qualifications

Your Profile should briefly name the three to five top reasons you excel at managing and growing financial assets. This section aims to quickly train a hiring manager’s attention on your strengths as a finance professional. For instance, maybe you’re a great communicator who works closely with clients to understand their retirement goals. Or maybe you have years of experience paring back costs or structuring large transactions. Also, don’t be afraid to get specific in this section; a quantified work highlight is often the best way to make your Profile stand out.

Senior-Level Profile Example

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with 15+ years of advancement and experience. Draw on broad, deep finance knowledge to make viable budget decisions and set strategies for double-digit growth. Recent highlights include cutting department costs by 18% and financing a $40M equipment purchase.

Entry-Level Profile Example

Finance Professional with 2+ years’ experience. Skilled communicator who puts complex math and finance topics in clear terms for managers, executives, and stakeholders. Consistently raise the bottom line by finding and making key cost reductions. Equally effective working solo or on a team. Master of Science (MS) in Financial Data.

2. Showcase your finance experience

View the Experience section as a chance to give examples of your success overseeing client or company finances. The details you include in this section should depend on your background and target job. If you’re seeking an entry-level position and haven’t worked in finance before, you’ll want to focus each job description on transferable skills you gained, such as cash handling or client relations. If you have finance experience, try to include a “Highlights” or “Key Results” section under each job so hiring managers can envision your impact on their bottom line.

Senior-Level Professional Experience Example

Chief Financial Officer
FFF Solutions, Baltimore, MD | December 2017-Present

  • Guide financial interactions between clients, vendors, and company’s 400+ staff members
  • Focus on finding and pursuing cost-reduction opportunities to help raise the bottom line
  • Oversee financing of large-scale projects


  • Streamlined finance operations, reducing yearly expenses by 18% to date
  • Coordinated financing of a complex $40M equipment purchase

Entry-Level Professional Experience Example

Junior Finance Specialist
Tri-State Solutions, New Haven, CT | July 2020-Present

  • Analyze and update budgets in support of project managers
  • Research market trends and conditions and flag potential disruptions
  • Pay vendors and reconcile client accounts
  • Prepare finance-focused after-action reports for senior staff at each project conclusion


  • Found and canceled unnecessary subscriptions, cutting monthly costs by $500 to date

3. Include education and certifications relevant to finance

Use the education and certifications sections to show you have a strong finance knowledge base. For each degree you’ve earned, specify if you majored in finance, business, accounting, or a related subject. Also feel free to list individual finance courses if they strongly overlap with your career focus, or if your work experience is limited.

Don’t forget to include any credentials (like Certified Public Accountant or Chartered Financial Analyst) that are required for your target job. But if part of your career has been outside finance, omit any credentials you’ve earned that don’t speak to your relevant expertise now.



  • [Certification Name], [Awarding Organization], [Completion Year]


  • Certified Public Accountant, CPA Association, 2022



  • [Degree Name]
  • [School Name], [City, State Abbreviation] – [Graduation Year]
  • [Select Coursework – optional]


  • Bachelor of Science (BS) – Finance
  • Maryland University, Annapolis, MD – 2022

Add a Key Skills section to show how you can analyze, grow, or balance financial accounts, and the tools you use to promote a company’s bottom line. The list below can help you brainstorm plenty of relevant terms for this section.

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Accounting Bloomberg
Capital Budgeting Cash Flow Management
Client Relations Corporate Finance
Cost Reduction & Elimination Cross-Functional Coordination
Econometrics Financial Forecasting
Financial Planning & Analysis Financial Reporting
Investment Analysis Investment Banking
Microsoft Excel Portfolio Management
Project & Program Management Revenue & Profit Growth
Risk Management Stakeholder Relations Management
Strategic Business Planning Targeted Resource Allocation
Tax Planning & Compliance Team Collaboration

How to Pick the Best Finance Resume Template

Finance resumes should be neat and orderly, with your professional experience and key skills organized in an easy-to-read format. Look for simple templates that focus on your achievements rather than fancy fonts or graphics. Also, make sure you can easily tailor your chosen template to each job application.

Finance Text-Only Resume Templates and Examples

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  • Mid-Career
  • Senior-Level

Allison Rosenberg
(123) 456-7890 | [email protected] | 123 Santa Maria, San Francisco, CA 12345


Investment Banker with 7 years of experience, specializing in equity research, strategic investing, and financial modeling. Strong history of performing due diligence on investment opportunities to maximize ROI potential for high-net-worth clients.

Key Skills

  • Client Relations
  • Economics
  • Financial Analysis
  • Investment Banking
  • Portfolio Management

Professional Experience

Investment Banker, Johnson & Goldman Inc., San Francisco, CA | October 2017 to Present

  • Develop financial models and investment strategies for client portfolios valued at $300K-$1M and provide recommendations for valuations, M&A, and product offerings
  • Conduct equity research, identify long-term investment opportunities in companies with best-in-class management teams and business models, and recommend investment opportunities in businesses committed to solving complex customer problems
  • Conduct in-depth valuations of intangible assets for purchase price allocations by evaluating income, market indicators, and company financials

Investment Banker, Invest Today Inc., San Francisco, CA | May 2015 to October 2017

  • Performed financial analysis and determined valuations for startup technology companies, which included providing recommendations to investors on business based on economic data, product use case, and organizational effectiveness
  • Created in-depth financial models using data and long-term market indicators to inform investment decisions and establish long-term ROI potential


Bachelor of Science (BS) – Economics, University of San Francisco, CA | 2015


Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) | 2015

  • Series 7
  • Series 63
  • Series 65

Frequently Asked Questions: Finance Resume Examples and Advice

What are common action verbs for finance resumes?-

You may find it hard to think of a new action verb for every bullet point in your job descriptions. The list below can help you vary the language on your resume so it captures the value of your finance experience.

Action Verbs
Advised Amortized
Analyzed Allocated
Assessed Audited
Balanced Calculated
Circulated Conducted
Controlled Distributed
Enforced Evaluated
Exchanged Expedited
Generated Implemented
Improved Invested
Issued Managed
Monitored Opened
Optimized Pinpointed
Prepared Prevented
Processed Ranked
Rebalanced Reconciled
Resolved Reviewed
Streamlined Structured
Tracked Transacted
Transferred Verified
How do you align your resume with a job posting?-

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that jobs for business and finance professionals will increase by about seven percent (or 715,000 positions) between 2021 and 2031. This growth rate is roughly the same as the average for all US vocations.

You can get more finance job interviews if you tailor your resume for each application. One great way to do this is by adding brief descriptions of the companies where you’ve worked in brackets right next to or below the company name. Company descriptions let you show any similarities between your past employers and the one who posted the job. For example, maybe you’ve worked for companies of a similar size. Or maybe you’ve worked at firms with a similar mission or leadership philosophy. By working these details into your descriptions, you can make your resume that much more relevant to the job opening at hand.

What is the best finance resume format?-

In nearly all cases, you should use a Combination (or Hybrid) resume because it’s easiest for hiring managers to learn about your pertinent skills and experience, and it’s also easiest for you to align with your job goals.

With the combination format, you highlight your most relevant skills and experience in your Experience or Work History section and an intro section. (This combination of work history and intro content is where the format gets its name.) Your resume intro should include a Profile summary and Key Skills section, but you may also add a Career Highlights or Awards section. By choosing the details for these intro sections, you can (a) position yourself for your target job, and (b) give hiring managers a clear, quick view of what you offer.

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Expert Advice
Include a cover letter with your resume

To increase your chances of an interview, write and submit a strong cover letter. The key to a good letter is customizing it based on each job opening. Read our Finance cover letter guide to learn how.

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Jacob Meade

Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW, ACRW)

Jacob Meade is a resume writer and editor with nearly a decade of experience. His writing method centers on understanding and then expressing each person’s unique work history and strengths toward their career goal. Jacob has enjoyed working with jobseekers of all ages and career levels, finding that a clear and focused resume can help people from any walk of life. He is an Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW) with the Resume Writing Academy, and a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) with the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches.

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