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5 Essentials of a Data Analyst Resume in 2020?

June 5, 2020 No Comments

Featured article by Aditya Sharma , Independent Technology Author

A resume is very important to ensure a constructive career progression path for a data analyst. Succinctly writing the information and identifying key essentials of a data analyst resume can significantly enhance your chances of getting shortlisted.

So, here are the key essentials that every data analyst should include in a resume:


As recruiters do not get much time to skim through a resume, they pay serious attention to the resume summary.

It becomes easier to check the worthiness of the candidate by going through a summary instead of meticulously reading the entire resume. Hence, you should showcase your strongest assets and skills in this section.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

- While it is the first section of a resume, write it at the very end. After crafting all the sections in your resume, it becomes easier to highlight important information. 

- Do not just stuff the summary with keywords. Mention how you deployed these skills and the end-result/achievement. 

- Refer to the job post to understand the requirements of the organization. Showcase these ‘keywords’ in your resume to grab the attention of the recruiter.


Data analysts need to equally pay attention to general skills and core technical skills. It is important to highlight the critical programs and methodologies you will use on a day to day basis in your resume.

Here are a few key skills that a data analyst resume should contain:

- Data Mining 
- Financial Modeling 
- Data Visualization
- Machine learning algorithms
- Reports Generation 
- Big Data Queries

Further, include your technical expertise in your resume as well. Mention the visualization tools, programming languages, etc. The idea is to showcase your expertise with these tools.

Professional experience

What makes you a good fit for this position?

Every recruiter asks this before determining the end-result of a resume. Data analysts need to include their work history to clear any doubt that the recruiter might have regarding their candidacy.

Work experience in a resume is very to reflect. In the first step, you should list all the information you have about your work profiles. Then you should start constructing it along the lines of your target profile.

A few tips that will help you craft a stellar work experience section: 

- Incorporate the habit of beginning each point with action verbs. Restrict the bullets to one line only. 

- Club similar points under pertinent sub-headings to showcase your expertise efficiently because it is unlikely that the recruiter will go through the entire section. 

- Bold important words and achievements while keeping in mind that you shouldn’t bold more than 3-4 words in a sequence. Doing so, it decreases the readability and negates the purpose of highlighting information.


Considering the number of professionals who apply for a job vacancy, you fret over how you can set yourself apart from the rest of the candidates. This is where certifications come into the picture. Professional certifications redefine the experience of the professional within a field.

To list certifications in a resume, make a separate section and list your certificates there with certifying authority & appropriate dates.

Further, to increase the relevance of your resume to the targeted profile and showcase your expertise, list the key modules as well. Listing the modules that are closely related to the job profile can do wonders for you.

Here is how you can list the certifications in your resume:

SAS Certified Data Analyst | HughData Academy | Mar ‘19

- Data Forecasting | Financial Modeling | Predictive Modeling | Data Visualization


Projects define your way of conducting a task and showcase your core competencies. For technical profiles, recruiters tend to check for the efficiency of the professional while working on a task or a project.

Hence, it becomes really important to fully understand the way to write projects in your resume. Further, these projects are also very important to connect the profiles of individuals who are trying to change industries.

Here is how you can leverage this section:

- Description: Do not go in depth about the description of the project. Restrict the point to one line and try to begin the description with “To”. For example, “to conduct a study…”.

- Technologies: This is one of the essentials while writing the projects. Make sure you include the technologies you used during the project. 

Online portfolio: Include links to your professional networking profiles on GitHub, LinkedIn, etc. where you have mentioned these projects in depth.

Author Bio

On a quest to help professionals across the world land their dream jobs, Aditya lives and breathes Hiration — a platform to help job-seekers find their way in the treacherous job market — where he’s a Co-Founder, CTO, and the unofficial CPO (Chief Problem-solving Officer). He likes to code away his days and nights when he’s not busy disrupting the career space.


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