I'll be taking my level 1 CFA exam this December and I would really like to express that on my resume for my job searches/apps this fall (I will be graduating from UG next May).

From what I've gathered, I would be able to put "CFA Level 1 Candidate" on my resume and still adhere to rules.

Would this also usually go under the Education section of my resume? Either that or activities would make the most sense to me.

Any advice on this matter would be greatly appreciated.


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really depends on the rest of your resume and how it looks.
a good idea i think, but also feel like CFA is more helpful post ug.
you don't want to de-emphasize your ug experience, hopefully.


It is definitely something I think could improve my resume. I don't want to say I have any "gaps" but I do have one or two points on there that could be replaced.

I plan on going into trading and eventually HF and I have heard putting this on a resume can show that a person is passionate about their career/finance and doing what they can to get ahead, as most UG's don't start taking/prepping for CFA exams while still in their UG program.


while you're working for it, I'd put it near the top, phrased something like "Completed CFA Level ###." In your first few years, putting it near the top would probably mean in the 'Education' section, but after a while, experience should come before education.

Once you actually get it, it should be displayed very prominently, because a lot of places won't ever consider candidates who don't have it. It's probably more of a credential for research, but in tough jobs markets (ie - now), firms have their pick of the litter, and being a CFA really sets you apart in any field. I would even consider putting it at the top, next to your name, eg - John Doe, CFA


since anyone can be a level 1 candidate, putting it on your resume doesn't mean anything. once you actually pass, then throw it on.

as for how to present it on your resume - read book 1, it'll tell you exactly what you can and can't do in the first 100 pages.

as for now, you may want to mention that you're a candidate in the interview (if that's actually true). if they care, they may ask you why you're entering into the program, so have something prepared for that.

good luck in december


i believes its under VII in Professional Standards of Practice


Ok thanks guys. I don't have the books/materials yet so the only information I could get was online. Will read through everything as soon as I get it.


Are you paying for this yourself? I thought about taking it but it's a grand for the first program + exam fee


Fortunately, I'll be having a parent loan me some money so I can make the deadline (then I plan on paying it back as soon as I can, I hate borrowing from parents). I don't think waiting a year until you have some solid income to pay for it would be too big of a deal though.


IMO ONLY put it on if you are comfortable with the materials in level I and you can explain the stuff well during an interview. If you put it on your resume, it's fair game for the interviewer to scrutinize you.


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