Hiring in many financial services sectors increased in the last months of 2013, and the increase is expected to continue into 2014 and beyond. For many financial professionals, now is an excellent time to connect with a recruiter and start searching for the next step on your career path.
Before you head out to seek staffing firms and employers who need your skills and experience, however, take the time to ensure that your resume sends the strongest possible positive message. To get your resume in shape for the job search, consider the following tips:
- Start with a generic “template.”
When you send your resume to specific employers, you’ll tailor the information on it to meet their needs. This editing process is much easier, however, if you have all the necessary information about your work history available in a single “template” file.
When creating your template, write down each job you have had, along with key information that matters to financial hiring managers. For each job, think about what you achieved, the difficulties you overcame to achieve it, and what your achievement delivered in quantifiable terms. Since financial firms think in terms of “the bottom line,” your resume should do the same.
- Create focused personal statements.
In addition to tailoring your resume for each application you send, write a specific personal statement for each. Hiring managers ask one question about every application they receive: “Can this person do the job?”
In your personal statement, answer the hiring manager’s question in a clear, concise fashion. Give one or two concrete examples of your ability to do the job for which you are applying.
- Cut excess words.
Your resume should use as few words as possible to convey the message that your skills and experience suit you for the job to which you are applying. Avoid empty buzzwords like “dynamic,” “team player,” or “entrepreneurial” unless you have concrete facts with which to back them up. Shorten paragraphs into a series of sentences or phrases organized under a common heading with bullet points. Finally, make sure you’re using industry-standard job titles and descriptors in order to avoid confusing hiring managers and recruiters.
At Daley and Associates, our experienced recruiters place financial professionals throughout Boston and the Northeast. If you are looking for financial recruiters in Boston MA, contact us today.