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Getting Your Resume in Front of a Hiring Manager

Suzanne Lucas, better known by her Twitter handle @RealEvilHRLady, aptly articulated a continual problem with job searching in the electronic age in a recent article, “Your Resume is Not the Problem.”

Sitting behind your computer and zapping your resume to dozens of black hole websites has a low likelihood of landing you an interview; you need to get your resume in front of a real person.

Where to start?

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What’s Your Objective?

Current wisdom is that your resume should not include an objective statement.  And yet, I still see them.

At best, an objective is a waste of space and adds no value.

To obtain a position as a financial analyst with XYZ company.

(No kidding.  You’re applying for the position, so I would hope that getting the job would be your goal.)

At worst, it can sound like you’re looking for a date.

Experienced equity trading assistant seeking a position with a respected  financial services organization.

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Wanted: Cyborg with Market Feel

Unless you’ve been in a cave, if you work in trading, you know that the industry has embraced technology.  But what does that mean if you want to stay relevant?  Two recent articles in Traders Magazine talk about how important it is to stay at the forefront of technology trends by building quant skills, while holding onto the skills that made you a successful trader in the first place.  Continue reading

Volunteering to Make a Leap

Every day, I talk with people who are doing volunteer work to fill their extra time while they look for new jobs.  It’s a great way to keep a routine, feel good, and give something back.  But most of them are overlooking another possibility – a leap to a new career.

I’m not talking about going to work for a non-profit, although some have done that, too.  I’m talking using volunteer experience to build skills for private industry or to test-drive a new career. Continue reading