As anyone on the market for equity analyst jobs will know all too well, the time for relying on traditional application tactics is over. According to the experts at www.researchwatercooler.com, there has never been an era during which more candidates are fighting tooth and nail to pick up every single job in the field going, which in a statistical sense means the chances of any candidate being picked up have never been lower. That is of course, unless they go beyond the usual call of duty to put together a pitch that simply cannot be ignored, but with so many others all trying to stand out, how on Earth can any single candidate make it happen?
Well, one of the most effective and largely unexplored approaches by most is that of faking it. Roughly translated, you might not have landed the post you’re looking for just yet, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t go about a world of day to day matters as if you had indeed been employed. Why does this matter? It’s simple really – rather than telling those you’re looking to impress that you can do the job, you’re showing them that you can. The whole point of the application process is to get across your ability to do the job – why not put it into practice and prove it to them?
Start a Blog on Company Matters
One of the easiest and most effective ways of doing this is to start a blog on either the company or the industry you’d soon like to be a part of. Starting a blog costs nothing and takes little time – it should also be a very easy job and one that’s enjoyable for anyone with a genuine interest in what it is they’re doing. Update the blog constantly on company matters, include breaking news, add your own opinions and throw in the odd proposal here and there to show you’re not just regurgitating things. Sooner or later, you’ll end up with a blog that proves both your interest and talents.
Follow All News and Current Affairs Religiously
It falls largely into the same bracket as the above example, but even if you don’t intend to pen a paper as such you must still make sure you are right up to speed with 100% of the industry and company news you have access to. It’s one thing to enter an interview with a few stats on the firm’s history, but if you can offer genuinely insightful commentary and thoughts on current affairs and the state of the industry, you’ll blow them away.
Write Reports and Summaries in Your Own Words
One of the most incredibly effective ways of both winning over potential employers and standing out from the crowd is to bypass the usual job application system altogether and go nuclear. In this instance, this means creating professional reports and summaries on the current state of the business and its operations, in order to identify opportunities and areas for improvements. Make these into some sort of proposal and pitch it directly to those in charge. Even if they aren’t into your idea, the fact that you’ve demonstrated such incredible commitment and dedication will make sure that your name is one they don’t soon forget.
Network With Employees
They might not be your teammates yet, but this doesn’t mean you can’t reach out to them and make meaningful connections in the meantime. With so many incredible resources at your disposal – LinkedIn being just one of them – there’s nothing to stop you networking with as many current employees and decision-makers as possible to begin both making a name for yourself and gaining access to important company insights. Of course, if you can build connections with those doing the hiring and firing, chances are you’ll be a shoe-in when and where the next vacancies come up.
Last but not least, these are of course the kinds of job roles where you never stop learning and developing from the very first day you join up. As such, while you technically haven’t been taken on yet and might still be unemployed, this doesn’t mean there’s any reason why your learning and training should hit a pause. Far from it infact as it’s this is time when you should be making best use of all available time across the board. Train, learn and push yourself to be better at what you do as when the time comes, it’s the kind of investment that will pay dividends in a big way.