Becoming a valuation analyst requires, like any niche role within the finance and HR sectors, a CV that reflects the unique balance of skills, experience, authority, and qualifications needed to take on the VA mantle.
Above all else, a CV for a valuation analyst needs to convey two things: a thorough understanding of the significance of VA work to investment, audit, and essential financial decision-making. This is together with the specialised analytical tools and know-how that deliver objective, high-quality asset, stock, and data assurance.
When well communicated together on a CV, these skills complement each other and show how your labour results in positive, successful business decisions.
And, as we discuss in our How to Become a Valuation Analyst page, VA CVs need to show relevant certifications and qualifications mixed with high-grade soft skills to display a package of relevant skills ready-made for the role.
While we always strive for a clear, uncluttered, evidence-based CV strategy and outlay, our advice is to make sure your CV revolves around the impact of your decisions as a valuation analyst. There are so many strings to your financial skill bow, but the way to truly make an impact is to highlight how your actions and experience have garnered business success.
Our advice is to focus on outcomes—on how your knowledge of financial modelling and statistical awareness, coupled with industry know-how and savvy audit-first advice, lead to the right decisions being made at an executive level. Connect your labour with success. While this is always important for professionals of any stripe, for VAs, it’s critical to how you succinctly communicate your career journey.
Other areas to focus on:
Reporting and cross-team collaboration
Valuation analyst CVs must confidently communicate how they reported their findings and how their work aided the audit and finance teams. In theory, VAs are hyper-fixated analysts who compile datasets that illuminate value, asset strength, debt, risk, and any mitigating financial factors, but the best VAs never lose sight of how their work has aided other teams. So focus on reporting outcomes and broader business impact, and provide references or evidence of documentation or reporting to bolster an application (where appropriate).
At the core of a VA’s role is economic due diligence—being able to spot inconsistencies and risks where others can’t. Never forget that vigilance underpins your skill set. Be brave in communicating how your diligent application of regulatory rules and legal stipulations has aided finance teams.
The best valuation analysts are critical thinkers, able to draw independent, business-critical conclusions from objective, complex data sets. VAs need to challenge assumptions, mitigate investment decisions where necessary, contribute to research, assist with audits, liaise with teams, and monitor asset portfolios, all of which require a steady hand and an eagle-eye focus on financial details.
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