Careers Advice on Application for Financial Analyst (Surveillance) position

Advice on Application for Financial Analyst (Surveillance) position

  • This topic has 6 replies, 2 voices, and was last updated Jul-17 by Mr_Excel.
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    • Mr_Excel
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      Hi guys, I am a Financial Analyst in Financial Planning and Analysis Department at a certain company in Tobacco industry. Currently, I would like to apply for a position of Financial Analyst (Macro Surveillance) at our national bank. I am CFA Level II candidate and I have BCOM (Accounting) and CPA (T) plus 2.7 years of experience in banking and tobacco industry (1.7 years in Banking as Finance Officer and 1 year in Tobacco company as a Financial Analyst). The position’s purpose is to monitor and analyse developments in financial markets, intermediaries, and financial innovations in order to assess their impact on financial stability. I would kindly ask for your help on; i) How to create a well organised and customised CV so that I can easily be short-listed including disclosing my CFA status in the CV?. ii) What kind of preparations should I do to get my self ready just in case I would be short listed in this position? I can give any further information upon your request to help you to give me advice on this. Many thanks for your cooperation.

    • Sophie Macon
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      Hi @Mr_Excel, good to see you around πŸ™‚

      On your first question, have you seen my latest blog post on precisely this topic? I would add that you need to check the job spec advertised for that national bank role and tailor/highlight the relevant skills in your CV to fit the requirement. There is a section in Education and about stating your CFA status there too.

      Once you’ve sent in your CV, it’s all about interview preparations really! Do you know enough about the role and the company? What’s your story, why do you want this role? Why do you fit this role? A lot of selling yourself in interview, it’s a broad question to answer!

      Happy to help or elaborate more if you’ve specific questions or provide more details.

    • Mr_Excel
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      Thanks @Sophie in short the primary duties and responsibilities for the position are; Monitoring developments in global financial markets and assessing their impacts on foreign reserves; Participating in the review and formulation of reserve management policy; Providing inputs in the review of foreign reserves benchmarks; Evaluating the risk return trade-off of alternative investment based on historical analysis; Reviewing current global markets conditions and the Bank’s risk tolerance level; Performing foreign exchange trend analysis based on daily reserve volatilities; Monitoring the Bank’s portfolio performance measurements and attributions and Analyzing liquidity requirements.

      Based on my qualifications, skills and experience (ref. my linked in account http://www.linkedin.com/pub/msonga-msigala-cpa-t/38/b0b/723) can you recommend on how should I match my current skills and experience with the job requirements? It is my great hope that, with this position I will be able to utilise more than 70% of the knowledge I obtain from CFA program unlike my current position where only FRA is more applicable plus other areas in a very small extent.

      Thank you for your concern.

    • Sophie Macon
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      @Mr_Excel, I’m afraid I can’t write your CV for you as it’s something you know best of.

      I don’t see a problem in that your current job and CFA studies represent transferable skillset to your targeted role. You’d need to demonstrate your value add and relevant skills of your current work that is applicable to this new role.

    • Mr_Excel
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      Thanks @Sophie I have drafted CV and a cover letter. I gave them to someone to review for me before submitting the application. I will keep in touch and update you in each stage If I will be short-listed.

    • Sophie Macon
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      Sounds good @Mr_Excel, definitely keep us posted, we’re rooting for you! Good luck πŸ™‚

    • Mr_Excel
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      Thanks @Sophie πŸ™‚

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