Should I Put Taking CFA Level I in June On My Resumé? **Serious Topic**

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Would you want to know from prospective hires that they plan on taking CFA Level 1 in June?
I don't want to be the incoming CFA Level I candidate types on LinkedIn...
I know it's a tough exam and passing it the first time around is a pretty big deal. That being said, should I put taking CFA Level I in June on my resume? I know this question might be very elementary but I'm doing whatever I can in order to avoid stepping on toes.
Is this something that I should mention to interviewers that I plan on taking CFA Level I in June??

Please share your thoughts, hoping to hear input from certified users on this....

Comments (9)

Jan 11, 2019

If you're applying for a role that states they're seeking somebody pursing their CFA AND you've already registered for the exam then it's fine. Otherwise, you should leave it off of your resume.

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Jan 12, 2019

Definitely worth considering. Thanks for the input. I've registered for the exam and am actively studying...

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Jan 11, 2019

I would leave it off my resume but maybe mention it during interviews.

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Jan 12, 2019

This is actually the approach i'm thinking of taking... thanks man

thots and prayers

Jan 11, 2019

You should definately include it in your resume. Put it right next to "planning to climb K2" or below "incoming analyst at [insert IB you're applying at]"

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Jan 12, 2019

Hahaha nice take on that. I specifically don't want to be one of those guys lol...

thots and prayers

Jan 11, 2019

I recently interviewed someone who had "CFA Level 1 Candidate" on his resume. He's coming from back office, so I didn't view it as ridiculous. Obviously I don't consider it any sort of accomplishment, but it at least told me he's independently studying material that's (somewhat) applicable to the role he wants. That said, if passing level 1 is worth 100 points, "level 1 candidate" is worth maybe 1 or 2. And if your work experience is already relevant to the role you want, or requires a substantial amount of financial knowledge/aptitude, then it has no place on your resume whatsoever.

Jan 12, 2019

Thanks for the input. The 1/2 points vs 100 pts clears it up for me.
Seems like it's something I should mention in general banter during the interview, but I'm going to leave it off the resume.

thots and prayers

Jan 22, 2019
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