I’m an IT Technology and Solution Consultant working for a major IT Consulting Firm, providing consulting to a big Financial Institution. For risk management, you can opt for Financial Risk Manager (FRM) Exam, or Professional Risk Manager (PRM) Exam. Especially now when competition is fierce with a record number of graduates compete with each other in an increasingly limited job pool. Taking practice tests on sites such as can help in the days leading up to a real test, as job seekers will know what to expect and learn how to approach questions quickly and accurately. By practising I managed to land a job I actually wanted although it took patience and involved several interviews.
You mentioned the Budget Analyst title, but there are several options within Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A). I live in upstate NY and Albany is 40 miles away but I would commute if I thought I could land one of these good entry level financial jobs. I know the big cities have most of the jobs but I hope there’s closer jobs than that! I have been in financial services for 30 years with a BA and am only just now completing a master’s in finance. Be candid with these contacts and offer to do ‘pro-bono’ work in exchange for keeping your resume and skills current.
Good hub with full of info about finance related jobs.These keys might be helpful for those who seeking careers in this field. Here’s a step-by-step plan for surviving a gap in employment, using the time effectively, raising your stock with future employers and (best of all) landing the job you want. One of your first questions (aside from financial survival, which we will also discuss) is how to deal with a career gap on your resume. If so, you can legitimately put ‘Consultant’ on your resume for the dates when you were not working at a traditional job.
More and more professionals are free-agents in the current economy, and many people find firms that need their skills once they adopt the mindset of using a ‘gap’ in traditional employment to go into consulting. It’s beyond stressful to be without a job or an income, no matter what the economic times. Most (if not all) major drug firms offer free medications to those who cannot afford them. I have literally done that…basically made things up, like consultant….or in my case tutor….and it worked every time. Very well done and the information is going to put job hunters at ease in learning how to handle the gap.
Many people don’t realize that when they are between ‘regular jobs’ but still available for brief contract jobs or temporary work in their professional field, they are indeed serving as consultants. As long as you are doing that sort of work and/ or available for it, you can think of that time as consulting and list it that way on your resume. I am going to bookmark your hub so that I can read it again when I need to look for a job. Writing has been on my resume for many years, and it’s a way to open doors to future employment. Fantastic job here on addressing a very common problem today – that dreaded gap on the cv!