4 Traits of Successful Financial Professionals

June 27th, 2014

It’s no secret that it takes a person with a very special skill set to excel in the financial field. Not only do these professionals need to be excellent with numbers, they also must encompass a number of other traits to allow them to succeed in this challenging field.

The most in-demand financial employees encompass a well-rounded skill set to help them succeed at every aspect of the job. Employers want to hire people exuding all of these characteristics, as these professionals have the capacity to make or break the company’s financial status.

Wondering what it takes to be successful in finance? Top candidates impress employers by displaying the following four traits:

  1. Excellent Problem-Solver: The most successful financial professionals have exceptional problem-solving skills. No matter how long it takes to resolve the issue, they stick with until they’ve managed get the results they need.
  2. Consummate Professional: Finance is a very serious career path. These professionals are tasked with maintaining the company’s financial well-being, so they must be responsible, sincere and able to take their job very seriously.
  3. Outstanding Communication Skills: Not only does a finance professional need to have the ability to communicate with team members, they also must know how to connect with people in other areas of the organization ─ and in some cases clients. They know how to modify their explanation of detailed financial concepts to fit their audience.
  4. Desire to Learn: Any finance professional can get the job done, but the best employees are the ones who strive to grow and develop in the position.  These people want to go above and beyond what’s expected of them to help the company thrive.

It’s important to find a way to relay these characteristics during your job interview. Be sure to come prepared with examples of situations in the past where you’ve exuded these traits and you’ll be sure to impress!

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Protecting Your Identity When Searching for a Job

June 20th, 2014

During the job interview process it’s only natural that hiring managers want to learn as much about you as possible, to determine if you’re a good fit for the position. When you really want the job, you’re often willing to disclose any requested information, to make a good impression and increase your chances of being hired. However, there is such a thing as being too forthcoming with your personal information, as you don’t want to risk revealing too much and putting yourself in jeopardy.

3 Reasons to Project Your
Identity When Searching for a Job

It’s great to be open and willing to answer all the questions a hiring manager asks you. However, there’s a fine line between compliance and simply providing too much personal information. It’s important to guard your privacy during your job search to safeguard yourself against the following three risks:

  1. Losing Your Job: While moving on to new positions is just another part of a healthy career path, companies often view those attempting to leave in a negative manner. If your current company sees your resume on an online job board or receives a background check phone call from a potential employer, they’re going to know you’re searching for a new job. Reactions will vary greatly, but in some cases this could get you fired.
  2. Identity Theft: Job applications typically ask for detailed personal information, including your address, social security number, date of birth and more. If you unknowingly apply to a job posted by a scam artist, you could be playing right into their scheme by providing them with these valuable details that can be used to steal your identity.
  3. Money Scams: During the hiring process, it may not seem unusual at all for an employer to ask for your bank account information, to set up your direct deposit. However, it’s important to proceed with caution. If you haven’t actually received a job offer or met the hiring manager in person, this could be a scam devised to get your bank account information and steal money from your checking account.

 

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Dress Code Policies | Knowing What is Appropriate for Your Office

June 13th, 2014

Navigating the office dress code is often tricky ─ whether you’re getting ready to start a new job or still testing the waters, trying to determine exactly what type of attire is appropriate. In fact, the summer months are often the most challenging, as warm temperatures and a more relaxed mindset cause people to push the boundaries with their apparel.

Following the office dress code is an important part of fitting in with the company culture. If you’re noticeably dressed in a more casual or professional manner than your colleagues, you’re going to stand out ─ in a bad way.

Determining Your Workplace Dress Code in 3 Steps

Many companies share a “business casual” or “business professional” dress code, but their interpretations of these terms couldn’t be more different. Use the following three tips to decide exactly what is considered acceptable attire for your company and what should be saved to wear during your off hours:

  • Request Specific Rules: Ask your HR manager for a copy of your company’s written dress code. While it likely will not include every different type of clothing you own, it should set a solid foundation to help you understand what you can and cannot wear to work. You can probably use common sense to answer some of your wardrobe questions, after gaining a more in-depth knowledge of the basic rules.
  • Observe Others: Take note of what your team members wear to work and use this as the basis for your own attire. However, if you see a colleague wearing something you know is inappropriate, don’t decide to follow their lead simply because they broke the rules first.
  • Don’t Take Risks: When you’re unsure whether an article of clothing is office appropriate or not, always exercise caution and assume you should not wear it. It’s better to start off conservative and ease your way into the dress code, rather than diving in and making a bad impression. There are few things more embarrassing than having to sit through a talk about your inappropriate outfit with your boss or HR.

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3 Ways to Explain to a Hiring Manager You’ve Been Fired in the Past

June 6th, 2014

No one likes to get fired. Not only does it leave you without a job, it’s also a huge bruise to your ego. However, it’s important not to let the incident define your career history.

If you think getting fired will ruin your chances of finding a great new job in the future, you are sorely mistaken. In fact, it’s a much bigger deal to you than to most hiring managers. Even the highest-performing employees can’t be a good fit for every company. It’s best to volunteer the information yourself, be honest about what happened, and quickly transition to the next topic of conversation.

3 Ways to Explain You’ve Been Fired in the Past
Dreading your upcoming job interview because you don’t want to tell the hiring manager you’ve been fired in the past? Stop worrying and use one of the following three techniques to explain what happened:

  1. Briefly Explain the Situation: Employers don’t expect you to tell a long-drawn-out story about why you were fired. Summarizing what happened in a few brief sentences is all you need to do. Never say anything negative about your former employer and always tell the truth about what happened, as you don’t want to get caught in a lie down the road.
  2. Position it as a Learning Experience: Explain what you learned from the experience and why a repeat occurrence will never happen again. For example, if you got fired because you couldn’t keep up with the heavy workload, emphasize that you learned the importance of asking for help when you’ve taken on more than you can handle.
  3. Explain the Job was a Bad Fit: If you were fired because you just didn’t have what it takes to excel in the position, explain that the job was a bad fit. For example, if you were fired from a job as a collections clerk because you were uncomfortable tracking down customers and asking them to settle their debt, be honest about that.

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