As it’s really no secret that high quality equity analyst jobs are few and far between, it should come as no surprise to learn that success often means getting creative with the application process. When you consider the fact that there will usually be hundreds, even thousands of applicants going through the same channels to secure the jobs on offer, it quickly becomes clear that additional efforts are needed in order to get noticed.
For those using the usual recruitment channels alone, it’s a pretty level playing field. However, for those willing to inject a little creativity and craftiness into the equation, it’s perfectly possible to tip things in your favour to a pretty appealing extent. So if you’d rather take your future into your own hands rather than play the same game as everyone else, here’s a quick overview of just a few ‘guerrilla’ tactics for ensuring your application gets seen, heard and noticed:
First up, there’s nothing out there that says you simply must pen your CV in the same way every other applicant on the market is penning theirs. In fact, common sense alone should tell you that quite the opposite is true as if you want to stand out from the crowd, what’s to gain by following the herd? There are so many different ideas out there when it comes to getting creative with your CV and while some recruiters aren’t won over by this kind of creativeness, others can’t resist it. From infographics to the inclusion of pictures to the famed ‘reverse’ CV, consider getting a little creative and chance are they’ll remember you.
Pretend You Already Work There
This might sound like a strange one but it’s worked time and time again – even in the cases of some of the most famous success stories in recent history. You don’t have a job there yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get to work as if you already did work there. Not literally perhaps, but you can follow the company’s news and current affairs, identify problems, look for opportunities and generally create proposals and initiatives that may be of interest to them. Pitch an idea they respond to and this will work in your favour with more power than a thousand high quality CVs.
Connect With Employees
It’s always been a case of who you know counting for a lot more than what you know and things are no different right now. As such, it’s a good idea to network like crazy and do your best to get in touch with those who already work with the company at any given level. Managers and hiring bosses are of course your ultimate targets, but even lower level employees can be helpful by way of both inside information and influence over their superiors. The more people you have on your side from within the company, the better.
Take a Low-Level Role
You know the story about the errand-boy who eventually worked his way into the CEO’s chair? Well, it’s not only true, but something that happens more regularly than more would believe. More often than not it isn’t a case of a genuine entry-level employee with minimal skills working their way up, but a skilled, talented and passionate individual who took a low-level role simply to get in the door and show what they can do. So while you might be hoping for a higher-end post, don’t forget that a foot in the door is worth its weight in gold.
Write a Blog
In an ideal scenario, the moment your prospective employers look you up online they will immediately decide that you are in fact the person for the job. Making this happen however can be quite tricky, but one of the best ways of going about it is to start a company blog. Again, as you would if you worked there it’s a case of building a blog around company news and affairs, while at the same time adding your voice, your opinions and your suggestions to boot. Once the blog has taken shape and is nicely packed with juicy nuggets, you can direct those you’re trying to impress the way of your blog and show them how committed you are – even before they’ve offered you a job.
Make Sure Your CV Gets Opened
Last up, be sure to ensure your CV actually gets opened in the first place if you are sending it by post. It’s an age-old tactic to say the least, but by packaging it in an interesting way, marking it as fragile or sending it by emergency courier, you can at least make sure the envelope or box gets opened in the first place.