It’s August and you know what that means: there’s a fresh group of recent undergrad and master student graduates who are eager to enter into the extremely competitive business and finance workforce. In fact, business administration, accounting and financial planning were all named on Campus Explorer’s list of 20 In Demand Master’s Degrees. With a surge of qualified candidates, corporate HR departments now have piles of resumes stacked high on their desks – most with high GPAs from good schools. So how do you make yourself standout from the crowd? Follow these tips below and you’ll be well on your way to landing that dream job.
- Participate in an Internship(s) & Network: Internships are the perfect way to gain valuable experience. First, they generally do not require as much work and knowledge as a full time position, allowing you to grow, learn and make mistakes, but they also help you decide on what you like and don’t like. Not all finance jobs are the same and having experience in different sectors can help you find the niche you excel at. Moreover, internships provide you with a chance to get your feet in the door and meet an abundant amount of new people. An internship, however, is what you make of it. Therefore, take advantage of every opportunity. Attend events, talk with executives and find a mentor. It could ultimately lead to an offer. In fact, according to a recent study from the National Association of Colleges and Employers about 63% of 2013 college graduates who participated in paid internships received at least one job offer.
- Find a Company, Not a Job: When we were in school we all heard the phrase “Figure out what you want to do in life and then find the major that allows you to do it.” Well, the same goes for a landing a job. Instead of having a specific job in mind and finding a company that is hiring, focus on specific companies that you would like to work for in your area and apply to jobs that they are hiring for. You want to find a company where you fit in culturally and by focusing your search on specific companies from the start you can ensure that you are looking at and applying to jobs that you believe have true value.
- Start your CFA: Starting the process to become a certified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) is another way to differentiate yourself from other applicants. Candidates are required to pass three levels of exams and have four years of eligible work experience before being officially certified, but the process can be started as early as the final year of a bachelor’s program. Most importantly, a CFA gives you a level of credibility and recognition within the financial industry and starting early will show you are dedicated and determined to have a successful career in the industry.
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