9 Things That Highly Productive Financial Analysts Do NOT Do

by Richard C. Wilson on April 15, 2014

 

Being a successful financial analyst should obviously be the goal of anyone in your field. Therefore, it is important to be productive in order to be successful.  The most successful people are focused and determined. If you are striving for success, there are many things that highly product financial analysts do NOT do in order to stay focused and be productive.

DO NOT MULTI TASK – Though multi-tasking seems necessary and important to know how to do, the most productive financial analysts do not multi task. They focus on the task at hand and get it done in a timely manner. It is important to be able to concentrate on one task and give it your full attention in order to be productive.

DO NOT WORRY ABOUT WHAT OTHERS THINK – Highly productive financial analysts are not worried about what other think about them or what they are doing. They do not need validation from others in order to succeed, or feel that they are successful.

DO NOT LET DISTRACTIONS BECOME A PROBLEM – When being a highly productive financial analyst, one must be able to work through distractions and not be completely derailed by them.  There will be distractions in the work place. Knowing how to work in spite of them is critical to success.

DO NOT PROCRASTINATE – Productive and successful financial analysts do not procrastinate. They work on the task as soon as they can and get it finished in a timely manner without waiting until the last minute to work on the project or task thus eliminating “thrown together” or haphazard work.

DO NOT SET UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS – Successful financial analysts do not set unrealistic expectation for themselves or those that work for them. They set realistic goals and set themselves up to succeed not fail. Unrealistic expectations can cause disappointment and frustration. Setting achievable goals and preparing for bumps in the road helps one be properly prepared and therefore successful.

DO NOT SAY YES TO EVERYTHING – It is important to be able to say yes to new projects and additional work that can broaden your job description; however, it is also important for financial analysts to know when to say “no.” Highly successful people know they cannot say yes to everything or please everyone and therefore assess whether they can or should say yes before agreeing to something.

DO NOT GOSSIP – It may be stereotypical that everyone in the office gossips around the water cooler. However, successful financial analysts do not partake in such gossip. It is unprofessional and can only lead to issues or problems. Successful people have better ways to spend their time than gossiping about others in the workplace.

DO NOT ACT HASTILY – Highly successful people do not act hastily. They consider the decision at hand in detail and ensure they are making the best decision for the situation before making it. They carefully weigh their options before committing to something.

DO NOT GIVE UP – Financial analysts who are successful do not give up. They do not give up on a task, a plan, or a task. If they agree to complete an assignment or a task they complete it to the best of their ability, even if it gets difficult or time consuming. Highly successful financial analysts stay the course and do not give up.

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Whether you are out of job or just looking to move to the financial analysis field, the job search process can be daunting at best. If you are looking for your first or next financial analysis job, here are some way to get your job search in financial analysis moving forward.

DON’T BE GENERIC WITH YOUR RESUME – Be sure to personalize your resume for the job you are applying. This means that there is a little more work for you because you don’t just have one resume; but the “one size fits all” days of resumes is over. Personalize the resume to the specific job qualifications that a potential employer is looking for. Taking the time to address specific experience you have that is particular to a financial analysis job to which you are applying can help you land that job interview. Be sure to avoid common resumes mistakes such as grammar and spelling errors as well.

DON’T EXPECT THE JOB TO FIND YOU – One fatal mistake that many financial analysis job seekers make is that they cast a small net out into the job search world and then expect the next financial analysis job to find them.  It’s important to realize that you are not going to find a job if you do not actively search for a job. Job seekers must be diligent, setting aside specific time to search for that next financial analysis job. Even if you are just passively looking for another job because you are not 100% satisfied, you will find that if you don’t actively look for the job, you will likely have little luck in finding a job.

DON’T PUT ALL THE FOCUS ON YOU – Financial analysis job seekers can make a big mistake during the job search process by concentrating their efforts on themselves rather than putting the focus on the job of interest.  Whether you are writing your resume, your cover letter, or answering questions in a job interview, turning the focus to your experience specific to the job description of the job of interest is the best way to keep the focus on you as a potential candidate. Read the job description and make certain your resume is tailors to the specific important traits the job is looking for and be sure to focus your answers in the job interview on the same. Ask questions during the interviews that pertain to the company and the job at hand, proving you have done your research and you are truly interested in the job.

There are many ways to move your job search forward as you are looking for that next financial analysis job. Concentrating on these don’ts will help you put your focus in the right place and have you on your way to your next (or first) financial analysis job.

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