One of the very common question experienced analysts get from young graduates goes like this
“I studied XYZ in University. Can I get a job in Equity Research if I complete CFA Level 1? I am very passionate about research.”
I surely can’t answer whether he will land a job after completing CFA Level 1. What I CAN tell is that if someone is truly passionate about a job he should give 300% effort on reaching his goals. He needs to show the recruiter that he seriously means business and the company has to be full of fools to not hire him.
How do you do that?
You work hard. Harder than you have ever worked. Read as many books on equity research and investing as you can. Do informational interviews with established analysts to understand what hiring companies look for. Find out the major skills required by looking at resumes (Linkedin profile would also work) of top-notch analysts and work on those skills. Get up to date on the stock market (read everything you get). Learn to master Excel and try to learn how to model a company (there are free youtube videos available). Try to value a listed company and come up with a buy/sell/hold recommendation. Do anything and everything possible that will set you apart from all the other candidates.
Something like this can only be pulled if someone has a LOT of passion for the job. It is really hard to fake passion. If you are really passionate then SHOW IT.
The same strategy can be applied to almost any job in any sector. If you want to get a certain job, you need to be desperate enough to try everything possible. Simply formatting your résumé and emailing it out might not be enough.