Excel Checklist for Data Analysts

Plus: LinkedIn Profile Optimization

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Upgrade your Profile

Let me show you some low effort, high impact tasks to optimize your LinkedIn profile to stand out.

Why is this Important to You❓

Ever since I made a small effort to tweak my LinkedIn profile, the number of recruiters who reached out to me has exponentially increased.

How can You address this❓

Do this ⬇️ 

  1. Custom URL → A custom public profile URL will help other members and recruiters identify your profile easily.

  2. Banner image → Showcase simplicity and uniqueness.

  3. Featured Section → Stand out with your Resume.

  4. Custom Button → Connect your Website (Portfolio).

  5. Keywords → Transform your work experience section by integrating the right keywords that are most common in job descriptions.

If you want to check out How I Optimized My LinkedIn Profile, then look no further than the video below ⬇️

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Is Excel trapped?

With the continued rise of new analysis tools, where does good old Excel fit in the corporate world?
Is it just a tool for beginners, or can it take you really far down the line in your data career?

6 years have passed since the beginning of my data career, and I still use Excel. A lot. That's the truth. I believe it remains a very useful tool, largely due to its popularity.

The key point to note here is that 80, perhaps even 90 percent of what I know and use in Excel today is based on what I learned in the first two years of working with it.

Finding the right way for you to learn Excel can truly change everything.

Why is this Important to You❓

Choosing the right path to learn Excel can help you avoid some of the struggles I experienced while learning.

How can You address this❓

Focus your attention on learning ⬇️

  1. Foundations → From setting up a dataset to conditional formatting.

  2. Advanced Functions → From niche formulas to dynamic arrays.

  3. Pivot Tables → From basic operations to calculated fields.

  4. Data Visualization → From design principles to export & sharing.

  5. Power Query → From simple automation to parameter usage.

  6. Power Pivot → From data modeling to KPI’S.

If you’re wondering where to find the resources to learn them all, don’t worry, I’ve got your back.

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Check out this video to know more about it.

Don’t forget to check out my usual polls at the bottom of the newsletter to give your feedback.


Know your Industry

I think that there’s an over-emphasis on the technical skills, purely because they’re so tangible and easy to measure.
But why is Domain Knowledge so important?

Why is this Important to You❓

Understanding the power of Domain Knowledge is key to creating common ground between your Technical Skills and Business problems.

Here’s what Domain Knowledge provides ⬇️ 

  1. Contextual Understanding → Knowing ROI is more important in financial analysis than healthcare.

  2. Problem-Solving → Relatable stories within the industry allow you to apply similar approaches to solve problems.

  3. Precision → Knowing specific industry trends (e.g., retail) can help you build better predictive models.

  4. Focus → Domain knowledge helps filter out the noise, like WHERE in SQL or FILTER in Excel.

How can You address this❓

Check out these to learn more about ⬇️

  1. Financial Services → Investopedia

  2. Healthcare → Core 7 KPI Metrics

  3. Digital Marketing → HubSpot

  4. Retail → Retalon

  5. Energy → Predictive Analysis in the Energy Sector

  6. Manufacturing → Predictive Maintenance

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