Earning a CFA designation is nothing like it! But the big challenge is, how are you going to make your global designation marketable in your CV? Just take a minute and look back the sleepless nights, the massive study plans, the charts hanging above your study desk, the marker ink running all over your board, pages of your study material ripped off due to exhaustive use, downloading space filled with online study materials, internet bills running beyond average to achieve this gold standard designation. More than the attainment of this valuable certification, you must know the strategic way to communicate your qualification to your prospective manager in the career world. To help articulate your CFA title to the job market, we bring you some critical advice.
While describing your qualifications, you need to be cautious. Today there are many acronyms that resemble CFA. To tell your recruiter that you have done your CFA course and have the necessary skills to advise on investments and financial management, you need to expand the CFA title as – Chartered Financial Analyst to avoid ambiguity and misinterpretation. Shortening designations may look very frenzy and to avoid wordiness on your profile but sometimes it might cost you a great opportunity coming your way.
Active Charter Holders
In case if you are an active CFA holder, you can display your CFA title in three forms – If you are really a well known CFA in the investment circle, you can display the title directly after your name. Otherwise you can include your designation under the education section with the ® symbol after the title to show that you are registered. Another important factor is to add the year or date of your passing or obtaining your CFA license.
Lapsed Charter Holders
Careful of using your CFA designation if you are no longer a CFA but still working in the job market. The CFA institute allows you to maintain the title only in the certificate section unless you mention the date and year and the institute that you registered. These details help you to tell your prospective employer that you are a registered CFA candidate in the past and currently no longer holding the title.
If you are taking CFA training and have been enrolled in the best CFA institute in India and want to show your commitment in pursuing the global designation, you need to possess strong ethical and professional standards to tell the recruiting company what your current status is. Three things at this stage can win your employer’s confidence in hiring you: One is the registered symbol which shows that you are registered with the best CFA college in India, secondly, the candidate needs to include the date of registration and the year of completion and finally you need to use the term ‘candidate’ till you complete the CFA course duration of 3-4 years. While completing your CFA 1st level exam, you can write your designation as attempted.
So achieving a designation is crucial to CFA aspirants as it has wide personal and industry scope and this piece will help you wisely understand the worth of your investment that is rewarding and exciting!
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