With so much data being generated every second, it’s no wonder data analysts, people who can drive manipulate data so that they can get relevant conclusions out of it, are being wanted more and more on the job market.

Social media, our phones and the internet, in general, are all creating millions of files of data every minute. Have you heard the saying “Google knows you better than your own mother”?

Well, actually, it’s true.

Google knows more about you – your interests, where exactly do you spend your time, what you look at, what you like and what you don’t like. How does Google know all of this? Based on data he’s collected from you.

Since in this day and age, people’s behavior can be explained through numbers and data files, marketing agencies are all about using this information to sell their product or service.

Data analysts are not only useful for marketing, but they can also be useful for internal processes. Based on internal information about how employees behave in a certain company, a data analyst can come to conclusions about what their next step inside (or outside) of the company will be.

So, we can see why data analysts are so valuable to companies and why would they want to hire them.

Lucky for you, there aren’t a lot of good data analysts on the market yet, so if you become good at this you can really make a name of yourself fast!

Whether you have experience working in this field or whether you are looking for your first opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, this guide will help you write the perfect resume!

We will cover how to create it in the right way, but we will also show some examples of doing it the wrong way, so you get a better idea of what is good and what isn’t.

Don’t forget that if you want to create a perfect resume in less time, you can always use our resume builder.

Let’s dive into it!

Senior Data Analyst Resume Example

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Data Analyst Resume Sample

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GUIDE ON WRITING THE PERSONAL INFO SECTION

Since your resume is sort of like your identification card for a recruiter, it’s logical that the first part of it is the section about you. In the personal info section, you give all the relevant information about yourself.

What do we mean by relevant information? Well, what we mean by that is that you should only give the info you think is necessary.

For example, you don’t have to give your Instagram or Facebook profiles, while you should always give your LinkedIn profile, since that is a professional social media, while Facebook and Instagram are private.

Also, you shouldn’t give a number or an e-mail you don’t use regularly.

The good news about this section is that you really can’t go wrong while filling it out.

Still, there are some mini mistakes which can happen, so we will cover them as well.

Remember, if you want to create your resume without the hassle of creating a template or searching for one online, you can always use our resume templates.

Full Name

No matter how obvious it might be for you what should be written here, some people don’t find it that obvious that when writing your name, you shouldn’t put puns or nicknames in it.

Your resume should be professional with maybe a little fine humor, but never state your name in any other way than how it is in your ID and passport.

Tom Pinkham
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Tom Pinkham (yes, my last name does sound like food)
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Profession

The more specific your profession is, the better. It helps the recruiter know what you’re good at immediately. So, our advice is that if you have something to put before data analyst, put it.

Maybe you’re a senior or a marketing data analyst. If you want to just stick with data analyst, that is fine too. Don’t think about this part too much.

Photo

Find a high-quality picture of yourself smiling and looking at the camera, preferably with a one-colored background.

It helps the recruiter to connect your name with a picture.

A resume without a picture is not a complete resume, don’t rely that they will go on your social media profile and look at your pictures there.

Phone Number

In this field, all you need to do is to write down the number of the phone where the recruiter can reach you.

This is crucial. If the recruiter calls you for an interview and you don’t pick up the phone or return their call, you will leave a very bad impression, which might cost you a job.

Keep in mind that some people prefer talking on the phone instead of e-mailing you because this way is much faster and personal.

Address

In this part, you simply put down the current address you’re living at. Don’t put the address where you grew up but moved out from 2 months ago.

For some positions and recruiters, your living location is very important because they might have to relocate you or provide you help with transportation by paying for public transport or possibly giving you a company car.

E-Mail Address

You will probably get further information about the selection process by e-mail.

So, make sure to write your e-mail on your resume.

Write the one you check daily or the one which you’re going to start checking daily.

But really, like not answering the phone, not answering to an e-mail (or even answering it after 24 hours) will leave a really bad taste. Make sure your e-mail sounds professional, don’t put the ones which are

tompinkham123@gmail.com
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tomstinkham@gmail.com
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Social Media Profiles

Always link your social media profiles which you’re comfortable sharing with people you don’t know.

We always advise people to put their LinkedIn profiles in their resume, because it’s a more detailed report on everything you did in the past – work experience, education, projects, volunteering, etc.

At this day and age, having a LinkedIn profile is absolutely mandatory.

As for sharing other social media, it’s entirely up to you, since they are private.

Keep in mind that the recruiter might look you up online and see what you’ve been doing, so just because you didn’t link your profiles, it doesn’t mean that they can’t get it another way.

GUIDE ON WRITING THE SUMMARY SECTION

In the summary section, you’re supposed to give a brief overview of your experience, your area of expertise, or your future ambitions if you don’t have any experience in the field yet, and you are looking for your first opportunity. Let’s look at a good summary and a bad summary and compare the two:

Summary

A senior data analyst with over 10 years of experience in manipulating and interpreting data and successfully coming to solutions for over 30 businesses. Excellent knowledge in analytics, mathematics and statistics gives me the foundation for my work. In order to analyze data in the most effective ways, I use the best analytics tools and always try to have a great understanding of business operations.

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Summary

I’ve worked as a data analyst for over 10 years. I am very good at it, and I can help you grow your business. I’m currently looking for new opportunities, so feel free to reach out!

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If we look at the Right example first, we notice that it’s much more specific. It tells the recruiter how long you’ve been working, what exactly you did and how you did it.

On the other hand, the Wrong example is much less detailed and seems more like a “sales message” than a summary of your professional life.

GUIDE ON WRITING THE EXPERIENCE SECTION

Since as a data analyst, you handle a lot of numbers, it’s best to use the experience section in quantitative information as well. So, whatever you can, quantify or put the exact metric.

As for the responsibilities you had but can’t quantify, just try to explain them as best you can.

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Notice how the Wrong example has so few details about it and is not specific at all.

All you’re giving the recruiter is the time you spend in the company and which company it is. If he or she invites you the interview (which is very unlikely given the fact of how badly written your resume is), you will have to spend a lot of time explaining your previous work.

At the Right example, we see much more details about your role, responsibilities and accomplishments. If you want help with creating your resume, feel free to check out our new online resume builder.

It’s very easy to use and will save you time as well!

GUIDE ON WRITING THE EDUCATION SECTION

Formal education is very important for some companies and especially if you are applying to work for them as a data analyst. Only write down the last degree you have (high school and elementary school don’t really give any information to the recruiter).

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Make sure you put a couple of bullet points which give more detail about your time during studies, or additional courses and certificates.

For this position, usually people are looking for someone who has very good theoretical knowledge in mathematics in statistics, so if your GPA is good, make sure you write it down here.

If it’s not high and you don’t put it, just be prepared to talk about it during the interview. Prepare a reason why your GPA is not high. For example, you could say that you found learning online better or that you focused more on working than studying.

GUIDE ON WRITING THE SKILLS SECTION

We always recommend the following sub-sections of the skills section: your profession skills, other skills and languages. In the first part, you put the skills which are relevant for someone who is a data analyst.

This is definitely the most important sub-section, so put the most effort into it.

Other skills are soft skills which are nice to have but not key for someone who is a data analyst. The languages sub-section is self-explanatory.

Just make sure that you write on which level of knowledge you are with each language.

Let’s take a comparative look at the right and wrong example of the skills section:

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Not only is the Wrong example poorly organized, but it also shows that you didn’t put the effort in this part of the resume.

As a recruiter, what would you think? If a candidate is not willing to put in the time and the effort to write a good resume, why would he or she be willing to put the time and the effort in the job that you give them?

TIPS & TRICKS

For the last part of this guide, we’ve prepared for you some final tips & tricks.

After reading this, you will definitely be more prepared than 90% of candidates to write a great resume!

Some of these tips might seem like common sense to you, while for some, they might be revolutionary.

Let’s take a look:

  • Include these main data analyst skills – Regression, decision trees, knowledge in statistics and mathematics, IBM SPSS, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word, Tableau, Pivot tables, SQL (only put the ones which you have, don’t write that you know something to do unless you really know how to do it)
  • Include these main action verbs for a data analyst – Analyze, consolidate, develop, install, interpret, generate, monitor, operate, perform, report, research, track and utilize
  • Keep the lists in a couple of bullet points – Don’t go overboard with explaining how you did something or explaining a process in full detail. Save the details for the interview and put your key duties and results in the resume
  • Name your key accomplishments – Every company is very interested in what results can you get them. To explain that it’s best to use examples from your previous work. For example, if your work contributed to a 15% cost reduction, write that in your resume, it’s an impressive achievement!
  • Don’t send your resume as a Word file format – This is the worst format for a resume, but a lot of people do it anyways. Writing your resume in Word will only demonstrate that you lacked the effort to write it. To avoid this, use our online resume builder. Find a template which you like and fill out the information accordingly. This kind of resume will surely leave a good impression!

CONCLUSION

We hope that by reading this guide, we’ve proven that writing a resume doesn’t have to be a drag and a hard process. We hope that we proved that creating your resume can be an enjoyable creative process once you know what you’re doing.

Our online resume builder templates surely know what they’re doing, so if you want to create a resume for yourself fast and easy, make sure you check it out!

Data Analyst Resume: Samples & Complete Guide

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