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Get Focused on What You Want

It’s all about your target. What are you going after? Without this, watch out for endless job board roaming (yikes). When you actually do find what you want, you risk confusing the hiring manager with your lack of focus. They’ll want to know you are in it to win it ONLY with them. Spend some time getting focused on your target.

Get Clear on Who You Are

It’s all about your professional brand. Those in a position to hire must perceive you as the best person for their job – simple as that. One way to know if it’s a branding issue is if you’re not hearing back from the online application process OR your network. It’s very likely that they just don’t know how to help you because you are not aligning your fit to your target.

Identify the Best Tools to Support Your Job Search

There are more tools than ever available to job seekers depending on the bite-sized part of the search they are focusing on. If it’s the online job search and finding jobs, try job boards.

One of the most powerful professional branding tools ever is LinkedIn since most hiring managers will likely stumble upon your profile before they ask for your resume. As a rule of thumb, you should be appearing in hiring manager searches and receiving connection requests from your target industry. If you aren’t, you’ll want to consider spending more time on profile optimization. You’ll also want to familiarize yourself with the other features/benefits available via LinkedIn.

Another tool I’m loving is Jobscan. This tool is designed to scan your resume for keywords so you know how to optimize your resume for ATS systems (in case you find yourself being lost in the job board black hole). If you’re not sure about your resume keywords, I STRONGLY recommend you give Jobscan a try!

Contact Your Network

While the idea of networking may terrify you immensely, it still remains that your best chance of landing a job quick is through the people you know. This should be your entry point with every application if possible. Start by making a list of everyone you know and reach out accordingly based on the nature of the relationship. You don’t want to email blast your network but rather address each contact strategically. If you need more networking tips to feel comfortable, at least start by jotting down the names of your offline and online (LinkedIn) contacts. This is a great first step in seeing the possibilities that exist even before you head to the job boards.

Write Killer Resume

Number One: So, let’s start at the beginning. The first thing you want to put at the top of your resume is your complete contact information. This consists of four things:

• Your full name
• Your mailing address
• Your phone number
• Your email address

While this information may seem like a no-brainer, you will once again be surprised by how many people leave out either their phone number or email address or both! Leaving out this information makes a bad impression on the hiring manager, as you can imagine. Including it at the top saves the hiring manager from searching through your resume hoping to locate it, and it also makes it easy for him/her to reach out to you.

Number Two: Keep the formatting simple. This point could easily have been under the “What to avoid when writing your resume,” but I wanted to put it here as you actually get ready to write it. In a nutshell: Keep it plain and simple. Avoid the following:

Make sure you use text only:

• No shading or lines or borders
• No graphics, logos or fields
• No templates or PDF’s
• No headers or footers or page numbers
• No underlining or special characters

The reason for this is that whenever you submit your email electronically, there is a big chance that your formatting will get improperly transmitted or delivered, and this can easily lead to instantly disqualifying you. It has been estimated that as many as 75{5f54bd49ff34087871bc2d67dbb600f95c9db0aacc386172508d7b5bac1ee45a} of all resumes never even get seen because of improper formatting!

So KEEP IT SIMPLE

On the other hand, it is O.K., to use ALL CAPS (where appropriate), and to use Bold, or Italics. Use these sparingly, though, and only to make a special point.

Number Three: Think keywords. The content of your resume – your headings, summary of experience, previous job descriptions – should reflect the specific position and job posting you are applying for. Yes, this means that you will want to take a bit of time to tailor your resume for each specific job you are applying for, but it will pay off BIG TIME. Here are a couple of examples:

Summary Section: At the top of your resume, you should include a brief (and I’m talking two or three sentences) “Summary Section” where you list the specific skills and experience you have that match up to the position/job you are applying for. While writing a summary section is often neglected by job applicants, it acts as an easy and quick way for a hiring manager to quickly scan your resume and make a judgement on whether they want to read your resume or not. This is easy (and highly effective) if you just take a few minutes to do it right.

What you do is look at each specific job description you are applying for and pick out the specific skills, duties and responsibilities the job is looking for. So if the job description is looking for “An aggressive prospector/hunter who is used to making outbound calls,” your summary section should list something like this:

I AM AN AGGRESSIVE PROSPECTOR WHO IS USED TO HUNTING FOR ACCOUNTS.

EXCELS WITH EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE AT MAKING OUTBOUND CALLS TO GENERATE BOTH APPOINTMENTS AND LEADS.

As you can see, this matches up perfectly to what the hiring manager is specifically looking for, and as a result your resume will stand out among the hundreds of others that haven’t taken the time to do this. Remember, keywords like these (“aggressive,” “hunting,” “outbound calls,” are the specific things this hiring manager is looking for, and by making it obvious in your summary section that you possess them, you are in essence saying, “I’m the perfect candidate for you.” Believe me, they will keep reading through your resume.

Previous Experience: Next, you will want to keep listing these keywords throughout your previous job experience at the companies where it is appropriate. At each position where you did outbound calling, make sure and use those same keywords. Something like:

“At Safeco International, I excelled by making an aggressive number of outbound prospecting calls. In this hunter position, I was able to secure as many as five new appointments each day.”

Once again, you will see that as you list these keywords in your previous job experience, the hiring manager will keep nodding his or her head as they think, “This is the kind of person and experience I am looking for.” You should do this with each of the previous jobs you had (again, where it is appropriate), and it’s easy if you keep a copy of the job description in front of you as you tailor your resume.

Here is an example of how to turn a boring description (the kind your competition is submitting) into something that will not only make you stand out, but will make your resume outstanding!

Benefits of Contract Jobs

New Connections

During your tenure at a temporary position, you will meet and interact with new people. This helps you to build a professional network, which helps you to stay current in your chosen field. You can also gain advice from trusted sources that helps to improve your skills and lead to additional opportunities.

Trying the Job Out

Contract jobs often last weeks, months, or sometimes longer. This extended length of time working for a company gives you time to decide if the position is the right fit for you. It also allows hiring managers to evaluate your abilities. In the event that a full-time position opens up, if your managers think you are a good fit with the company, you are in a good position to land the job. You and your employer are familiar with one another and you know the job. In some cases, if you are working well, the employer may create a full-time position for you.

Filling the Gaps

Working in a temporary position is no reason to be ashamed. It is a verifiable addition to your employment history. Some managers consider a long-term temporary assignment equivalent to that of a full-time position. By using contract jobs to fill the holes when you have been laid off through no fault of your own, you can avoid being passed over for an interview. Human resource managers know that layoffs are commonplace, however, having a large gap in your employment history can still raise a red flag to potential employers.

Gaining Advice from Staffing Agencies

When you work with a staffing agency, you gain access to several job opportunities. The managers at the agency can point you in the direction of industries they think you will do well in based on your interests and experience. However, getting good gigs is not the only thing you can glean from your time with an agency. In fact, you can get some great career advice during your tenure. They can help you refine your skills and show you additional opportunities for professional development.

Tactics Find Jobs Online

• Nature of work for freelancers –
Freelancers need to decide conclusively on the nature of the work they are willing to offer. This should mandatorily be in a field they are experienced in, as experienced freelancers inevitably get priority. Freelancers need to be really passionate about the field of work they are involved in and willing to work. As this is a job far from the conventional 9-5 type, passion and discipline is important.

• Pay scale –
After deciding on the type of work, one needs to compare the prevailing prices in the market for freelancers. Depending on the domain, the experience and the credentials, rates differ. The freelancer needs to evaluate his or her value and then decide on a price point.

• Experience –
The employer will definitely look for someone with experience in the field, preferably with references.

• Social media –
One can search for jobs on social media but they must be aware of many fraudulent companies that thrive in social media platforms.

• Online platforms –
After all the groundwork is done, the easiest way to get hired is to go through a hiring portal. As a beginner, no company would be willing to give an independent freelancer a job due to nil accountability. So, this branding of the hiring platform provides a sense of security to the employer as well as offering the freelancer the opportunity. The freelancer would have to send in an updated resume and register with the website. Once a job opening arrives, the aspiring freelancer will be intimated about the client’s requirements. He or she may then be required, at times, to discuss with the client about the specific needs.

Job Skill Requirements

Be Yourself!

Perhaps a cliche… but I can’t say this often enough. I just read a popular work advice blog (to remain nameless) and I saw one of the first bits of advice for job interviews was to prepare a slick presentation of yourself and wow them with it. Ouch! While this might perhaps be useful if you are interviewing for a high-powered sales job or maybe an industry like entertainment or advertising (although even there they want to see who they’re really hiring), for most of you doing that will simply trigger a red flag, leaving the interviewer wondering if you’re all bluster and no substance.

Now I’m not saying to be all shy and gawky either (see next section), but real and conversational trumps one-dimensional and slick any time.

Look Me in the Eyes

Not saying stare at me… but when you answer my interview questions, I want to see you connect with me. I’d like to see when your eyes show real enthusiasm about something you’ve accomplished or sincerity about wanting to do a good job for me. Now of course I make room for nervousness, but if I see eyes skittering all about unable to focus on me, how can I be sure you’re being real with me?

Be Confident in Who You Are and What You Have to Offer

Don’t spend time worrying if I think you’re right for the job and what I (the interviewer) am thinking at any given moment. Just know who you are and help me see that. Know that you are a good worker who is reliable and will go the extra mile when called on – or whatever your own strengths are.

Everybody has their own unique strengths. I want to know what they are. So make sure you prepare yourself ahead of time to be able to talk about who you are and/or what you have to offer so that YOU believe it as much as you want them to. It shows.

Must know about Job Abroad

1. Do your research. Before applying for a job abroad, you need to be informed about how they manage resumes in the country you are moving to. Do you need a cover letter? Short or long resume? Do you need to attach your certificates? Or is your resume acceptable as is? In some cases, you will need to translate and notarize your degree and other certificates, so it is very important to do your research.

2. Spread the news. Once you make a decision about the place you are going to be living next, tell every single person you know. This way, you will probably meet people who went through a similar experience or that are native of the country you chose. Your aunt will always have a friend of a friend who spent their summer in a far away and exotic country.

3. Consider all your possibilities. Before quitting your job and booking the first ticket to Timbuktu, find out if the company you are currently working for offers exchange programs or if you have the possibility of being transferred to another branch. Other options are searching online for a job abroad, as well as searching your alumni networks and social network connections. Volunteering is also a great way to work abroad; besides, it’s a very rewarding experience.

4. Be smart. Always let the employer know, in your cover letter or during the interview, that you have done your research about the different aspects of their country and that you are willing and prepared to start working. Furthermore, assure them that you are flexible enough so as to adapt to a foreign environment.

5. Don’t be scared, relax. You have done your research, you have talked to every person you know about working abroad, you have looked for jobs online, you know everything there is to know about your target country, you have saved enough money to survive at least two months without a job, you are officially ready. Of course it is scary to live somewhere completely new, but it will probably be the most exciting adventure of your life, so go for it!

Future Career in Finance

Blockchain Specialist

Blockchain is the technology that was introduced by the Bitcoin. It was originally designed as a decentralized digital currency. The key behind blockchain technology is that it allows reliable transactions of value between several parties without the need for a central authority. The potential applications to the banking industry are still uncertain. We could see it replace the current system for transferring money between local and global banking entities. The strengths of such a peer-to-peer system could also be used to propagate, between financial institutions, details on each economic agent.That would allow a bank to know very quickly if a particular client can be trusted, and thus greatly reducing compliance costs.

One thing is certain however, this technology will have a huge impact on the industry in the decades to come. Most major banks have invested in research on this technology. As Simon McNamara from RBS has said “I don’t know what’s going to succeed. What I’m certain of is that we are going to see blockchain solutions and peer-to-peer solutions emerging in our industry and we want to be close to that development.” Blockchain specialists will have a strong interest in both computer science and economy.

Data Scientist

This one may be the most obvious. Banks are already recruiting loads of data scientists, and giving them some of the best paid positions in the industry. However, this is only the beginning of the revolution. As the algorithms get more and more sophisticated, the mission of computers will slowly move from applying a strategy to finding strategies by surfing huge amount of data.

Data scientists will design systems that will explore huge databases containing all kinds of data; historical prices, news, and even personal information on clients.; All of which will uncover invisible correlations and unknown relations between objects. It will then be able to run a strategy based on these new findings.

Ultimately, banks will have computers that will learn on their own how to make money from a huge compilation of diverse data. The focus of the competition will be to attain the best data and input it into these computers. This will be the application of machine learning to finance.

A data scientist is a specialist in statistics that also has an interest in computer science.

Financial Psychologist

The most experienced bankers will tell you, short term moves in price are explained in part by human psychology. In order to improve their decision-making process, banks will have to take these human parameters into account.Technical analysis can be seen as a precursor of this discipline, its goal being to capture some human behaviors by spotting recurring pattern in historical prices.

Get Moving Careers

Does it give you the fulfilment you were looking for? Could it have been different, still? For many people, after having been through the past so many years in their current career, they wonder if they are indeed getting the inner fulfilment or inner success that they really wanted.

Consider the following questions:

  1. Do you love and enjoy doing what you do at work?
  2. What are those 3 things that you like most about your current job or career?
  3. What are those 3 things that you dislike the most? What could have been different?
  4. If there was one thing that you would like to change in your career, what would that be?
  5. Do you feel there is something better for you out there?
  6. Assuming you had all the skills and the right beliefs to make changes in your career, then what would your career look like?
  7. Are you in a situation where you want to make a career shift, but do not know what to do?
  8. If yes, then what is holding you back from making that shift?
  9. Have you set any short-term and long-term goals for yourself that you wanted to achieve, and by when? If yes, are you facing any challenges?

These are some powerful questions that you might ask yourself, and you would have noticed that the focus of these questions was more on the inner-self, i.e. what do ‘you’ really want. Could this make your career more enjoyable, rewarding, and fulfilling?

If you said “yes”, then a Career and Performance Coach can help you. Read on to find out how…

There are people who have their jobs but certainly not the dream careers they desired, and wish to transition, while some people are in the process of getting into the right career of their choice. Then, there are others who are doing well in their present careers but want to raise their level of performance. Often, people face roadblocks as they move forward, and there could be psychological, behavioral, or emotional issues that come in the way of their progress. This is where a Career and Performance Coach could help you. A certified Coach supports you in making informed decision about you career development and trajectory. Through an interactive process of inquiry and dialog, the Coach provides you with a deeper insight into yourself, delving into your thoughts and beliefs, understands your motivational triggers, and helps you discover your true potential. The outcome is to make you realise what you really want to do, chart out a clear roadmap, identify and eliminate the limiting beliefs that come in the way of your progress, and guide you towards achieving your goal.

Read Job Posting Description

1. Do I have the experience that this position requires? – Job postings will have the minimum years of experience the candidate must have. If the employer asks for 5 years of experience and you are a recent college grad, or have 3 years of experience, then you will not meet the requirements of that particular job, and you will waste of your time and effort to applying for the role.

2. Do I have the education or training the position is asking the candidate to have? – The job description will indicate the education level the company would like you to have (i.e. high school diploma, some college, bachelors’ degree). If you did not graduate from a university or college and this is the minimum requirement, then your chances of getting an interview are slim to none.

3. Are you qualified? – Job postings will have the required qualifications that will be considered for the position. Some postings will list 3 or 4 required skills while others may list 10+. Read this section carefully. This area of the posting will provide keywords to include in your resume, and will also provide you with the list of responsibilities that you will be expected to complete if you are hired. Your resume should highlight achievements in most of these areas. If not, then the hiring manager will not consider you the right candidate for that role.

Accurately reading a job description is imperative. If you don’t then you won’t get an interview. Don’t waste your time applying to positions when your skills, education, and/or experience do not meet what the posting is asking candidates to have.

Exploring Career in Financial

You can’t just expect to walk in and nab a “plum” financial planner position. You must show proof that you possess the necessary qualifications. A Bachelor’s degree in a financial field is an excellent starting point. It may get you in the door at some places. However, more and more employers are insisting that applicants for financial planning positions possess an MBA. This is especially true if you will be seeking a position that enables you to climb the corporate ladder to a senior management or even partner position.

You Will Need to Obtain Certification as a Financial Planner

The next step to becoming a financial planner is to obtain the necessary certification. The two most well-known types of certifications are Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). To qualify for the CFP exam, you will need three years’ experience in a finance-related industry. You also will need to have a Bachelor’s degree or better. And, finally, you will need to pass a thorough background check. The exam itself lasts 10 hours and is split over 2 days. To qualify to take the even more grueling CFA exam, you will need four years’ experience.

It Pays to Get Your License to Sell Stocks and Bonds

As a financial planner, being able to sell stocks and bonds is not necessarily a requirement. However, being qualified in this area certainly doesn’t hurt. You can obtain a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) license, such as the Series 6, 7 or 63, to be able to sell mutual funds, stocks, bonds, or insurance to a client. It’s an excellent way to gain more valuable industry experience and qualifications. At the same time, you are also making yourself indispensable to the needs of your clients and your employer.

What is the Career Path of a Modern Financial Planner?

Once you have achieved the necessary college degree to enter the financial industry, your career path will require first gaining three or four years’ worth of experience in junior positions. After gaining the necessary certifications, you will be able to work as a financial planner in an unsupervised capacity.

You will be qualified to receive your base salary, plus incentives and bonuses. That can easily add another five figures to your annual pay. As you work your way upward to a senior position, you can earn a six-figure base salary with matching bonuses and incentives. The career of a financial planner is thus a highly lucrative path to consider.