Updating Your Skills in Today’s Financial Analysis Job Market

by Richard C. Wilson on October 31, 2013

Today’s financial analysis job market can be difficult to navigate. Are there jobs? What skills does someone need? These are all questions many financial analysis job seekers ask themselves. Whether you are unemployed or currently working in another field and hoping to find a job in the financial analysis market, it is important to update your financial analysis skills in order to find your next financial analysis job.  Here are some ways for updating your skills in today’s financial analysis job market.

ATTEND A CONFERENCE – A good way to network and keep in the financial analysis loop is to attend a professional conference. Doing so can keep you up-to-date with what is happening in the industry and see what kinds of groups, classes, and latest skills are available to financial analysis professionals. If you are a member of a professional organization or unemployed, be sure to see if there are conference discounts available before you attend.

TAKE A CLASS – Another way to keep your skills updated in financial analysis is to take a class that is applicable to your field. Take the class in person so you can make the connections and network with your classmates and other professionals taking the class or other classes at your school.  If you are unemployed, be sure to check and see what type of training and classes are available to you through the unemployment office. Occasionally there are free community college courses as well as grants available to those that are unemployed.

GET A CERTIFICATION – Advancing your financial analysis skills with a professional certification can be a great way to update your skills. Many times you can network while working on your certification, both in class and virtually, as well as update your skills. Attaining a certification can show your commitment to financial analysis as a profession as well as keep your skill updated and ready for your next financial analysis job.

Updating your skills in today’s financial analysis job market is important to keep you competitive. Be sure to find ways to stay engaged in your profession even if you are unemployed. Keep your resume updated and remember that anything you do can help you network, stay engaged, and keep you competitive in today’s financial analysis job market.

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