7 Must-Haves of a Wall Street Resume

7 Must Haves of a Wall Street Resume

If you’re priming yourself to score a dream job on Wall Street after graduation, creating a resume that stands out should be on the top of your to-do list. Competition for finance jobs in the Big Apple is stiff today, even if you attended one of the premier Ivy League finance schools.

In fact there are 13.5 percent fewer jobs in the securities industry today than there were prior to the financial crisis, according to a recent report from the Office of New York State Comptroller.1 So what can you do to ensure that your resume makes it to the top of the pile?

1. Follow one of today’s key resume best practices – include keywords. Regardless of your field, if you want your resume to make it to the hiring manager’s or decision maker’s desk, it needs to get through applicant tracking systems and/or be easily found in search engines.

This means you should include keywords that pertain specifically to the finance position for which you are applying. Pull keywords from the job description and include those in your resume and cover letter, then highlight your skills pertaining to these keywords as well.2

Yes, you should customize your resume for each individual job. That’s one way that successful job applicants get to the interview phase.

2. Keep it professional. For graduates who are seeking careers in finance, you shouldn’t be using your resume to show your cute or funny side. You’re going into finance, not art direction or web design. Wall Street is steeped in tradition and professionalism, and finance recruiters want to see resumes that are presented in a traditional fashion.3

This means no pretty paper or wacky fonts. Clean, black and white, period. Consider these financial analyst and investment banking sample resumes from Monster and Street of Walls respectively.3,4

Professional also means no typos or grammatical errors. If you’re not a wordsmith, hire a professional who specializes in finance careers to help write your resume or trade favors with your friend who is majoring in journalism.

3. Start with a bang (albeit a professional one). Once you’ve made it past the applicant tracking systems (or if you have had the luxury of emailing your resume directly to a person), your resume needs to make an impression FAST.

Along with a compelling cover letter, you need to highlight those skills and accomplishments that matter most to the employer (not you) in a summary at the top of the page. The person reading your resume has hundreds more to look at after yours, so if he or she makes it past the top quarter of your resume, consider yourself lucky.

Human resources pros and managers who hire finance professionals will scan your resume to see if you meet the specific job qualifications required, such as an MBA or experience managing a specific type of project. For recent grads with minimal real world experience, highlighting case study or classwork experience that pertains specifically to the job can help keep you in the mix.

This is also the place to show why you’re special. Any significant accomplishments you have achieved, that could impact how you would perform at the finance job in question should be worked into the introductory summary.

4. Include examples of your quantitative and analytical abilities. Wall Street firms want to hire people who know how to handle and analyze large amounts of data. They are looking for problem solvers. Include specific examples from your past jobs, internships or classwork that show how you excelled in these two areas.3

Generalizations have no place in a Wall Street resume. Spell it out.

5. Highlight quantifiable accomplishments. If you have real world job or internship experience in the finance world (or elsewhere), and can show how you contributed to reducing costs, increasing profits, etc. spell out these quantifiable accomplishments specifically.5

Show them the numbers if you want to separate yourself from the pack.

6. Show your passion for the finance industry. Along with your educational accomplishments, how else have you immersed yourself in the financial world? Have you competed in finance case study contests? Do you belong to any finance clubs? Have you helped others with their finances? Have you given presentations or written about finance topics for a paper at school or on your own blog?

7. Education, GPA and the like. This is a no-brainer, but it is a must-have. The school you attended does matter to some firms and hiring managers, as does how well you performed. This is especially true if you’re coming up light in the quantifiable accomplishments section.

Once you’ve created your stellar Wall Street resume, check out the finance jobs available through Doostang. We cater to recent college graduates and MBAs seeking finance careers with the best finance and investment firms on the planet. Visit our website to find your Wall Street dream job today!

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Sources:

1. DiNapoli T.P., Bleiwas K.B. “The Securities Industry in New York City.” Office of the State Comptroller, State of New York, Report 7-2014. October 2013. Available at http://osc.state.ny.us/osdc/rpt7-2014.pdf. Accessed October 22, 2013.

2. Isaacs, K. “Cover Letter Tips for Finance Professionals.” Monster.com. Available at: http://career-advice.monster.com/resumes-cover-letters/cover-letter-tips/finance-cover-letter-tips/article.aspx. Accessed October 24, 2013.

3. “Investment Banking Resume;” “Private Equity Resume;” “Hedge Fund Resume.” Street of Walls website. Available at: http://www.streetofwalls.com/. Accessed Oct. 25, 2013.

4. Sample Resume for a Financial Analyst. Monster website. www.monster.com. Available at http://career-advice.monster.com/resumes-cover-letters/resume-samples/sample-resume-financial-analyst/article.aspx. Accessed October 25, 2013.

5. Meade, B. “Five Top Resume Turnoffs.” Forbes website, Feb. 19 2013. Available at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahljacobs/2013/02/19/five-top-resume-turnoffs/

 

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Top 5 Words Recruiters Look for in Resumes

 

checklistAs job seekers work to perfect their resume, it’s important for them to know what recruiters are looking for. According to CareerBuilder, there are five keywords most HR managers look for on resumes. If job seekers are able to match their experience with these types of skills and experience, recruiters will be more likely to spend time reading their resumes.

Let’s dive deeper into what these keywords mean and how they will set a job seeker’s resume apart from the rest.

1. Problem solving. Job seekers need to display this strength in their resume because it illustrates their ability to approach challenges and solve them. Whether the job seeker is applying for an entry-level position or the C-suite, problem solving is a skill used by every employee. In order to meet goals and fix problems in the workplace, employees need the ability to solve problems effectively.

2. Leadership. HR managers look for leadership experience on resumes because they want employees who possess skills associated with good leaders. Employees need to be able to demonstrate confidence in decision making, good listening skills, and the ability to be a team leader. Employers expect their employees to take initiative and communicate new ideas to management.

3. Written communication. While this skill is underestimated by many job seekers, this is one of the strongest skills HR managers look for. If an employee can demonstrate strong writing abilities, this will give them a better chance of finding a job. The majority of communication between the employees and management is through writing; therefore, employees must show in their resume they are prepared to communicate with top management.

4. Team building. Team building is what helps a company achieve their goals. When a job seeker displays the ability to work in a team, HR managers will see they are able to collaborate with their co-workers to meet company objectives.

5. Performance and productivity improvement. Job seekers should be able to illustrate throughout their resume how they have contributed to the success of their previous companies. Employers want to know how you can improve upon the success of their company and your ability to increase a company’s performance.

If job seekers can demonstrate these keywords and provide concrete examples with experience, their resumes will stand out among other candidates. Recruiters expect to see these types of skills on resumes, so job seekers must be prepared to share their experiences.

Have you used any of these keywords to describe your skills and experience on your resume?

About the Author: Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. She is also the instructor of Find Me A Job: How To Score A Job Before Your Friends, author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.

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How Your Career Can Benefit from a Professional Portfolio

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When you think of a portfolio, you usually think about career fields such as modeling, art and writing. However, it doesn’t stop there. Every professional, no matter if they work in the consulting field or the engineering field, can reap the benefits of the portfolio.

Creating a professional portfolio does not mean that you have to have the perfect looking template with visual images of your past work, but rather that you have taken the effort to show how you have been successful throughout your career. Whether you create a professional portfolio website and submit it with each job application, or you put together a sophisticated binder to present at certain times throughout your career, having a professional presentation of your work will help get you to where you want to be.

Your portfolio can also help you market yourself. While jobs can come and go, your portfolio remains constant. Your experience is what gets an employer to hire you, and a portfolio can back up the claims you make about your skills, accolades, certifications and experience. You are highlighting what you’re great at and offering it up for current and future employers to take advantage of.

It is inevitable that you will end up in the following scenarios throughout your career, and the time you put into making a portfolio will get you positive results:

Job interview

Career professionals stress that there’s no better place to provide proof of your experience, skills and knowledge then a job interview. Employers can look at your resume as a quick summary of who you are as a professional, but they look at your career portfolio for a depiction of each accomplishment you have had. While discussing your experience for each of your past positions, refer to your portfolio and show them exactly you contributed to the success. Everyone can say that they turned around a client’s sales numbers, but not everyone can show it, and you can prove that you can through your portfolio.

A great portfolio also gives off the impression that you are a candidate who is passionate about your career and motivated to succeed.

Reviews at current positions

A career portfolio is not only beneficial during your job search; it can also be useful during performance reviews at your current position. They provide you with a source to look back on to highlight how you have made a positive impact while at your position. You’ll be able to go beyond just saying that you’re a great asset to the team by being able to show and remind your employer that you’ve done certain things that have added to their success as a business.

Salaries and promotions

Often, one of the most uncomfortable parts of your career is when it comes time to negotiate a salary or asking for a promotion. In order to even be considered, many employers ask that you explain why you feel you deserve it, and that can be difficult when your heart is beating a thousand miles a minute and your mind is racing. Many people leave the meeting wishing they remembered to say certain things, but career portfolios prevent this from happening. By using your portfolio as a reference, you’ll be able to provide your employer with an endless amount of reasons as to why you should receive a certain salary, raise or promotion.

 

Making a career portfolio is one piece of advice that you shouldn’t ignore, and not having one may cause you to miss out on numerous opportunities throughout your entire career. Therefore, make your job search noticeably easier by backing up your claims with proof and showing that you are determined and motivated to excel at what you do.

 

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Nailing the Interview

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Know the employer

Once you have an interview it is time to get to know the company that is doing the hiring. Scour their website and any other online presence the company may have.  If you know who you are going to interview with look them up on the organization’s website and LinkedIn.  Familiarize yourself with the company’s goals and values. Look for subjects you may bring up in the interview.

Have your story ready

Once you have familiarized yourself with the employer, distill your qualifications down into several sentences. What will make you stand out from others interviewing for this position? How will the company benefit from your skills or services?

Consider what subjects may be brought up in the interview and be ready to illustrate how you approached similar challenges and surmounted them.

Be human

At this point in the hiring process the employer can choose from any number of qualified candidates. One way to stand out from the rest is to be yourself. Let them see your personality. Relax and smile. Let them see the person they will be spending a large portion of their day with.

Show enthusiasm

If you don’t feel enthusiastic about the job position then you will have a hard time faking it. Even if this is not the dream interview you’ve been hoping for, it is a legitimate opportunity to find employment. When you discuss your goals and accomplishments, do it with enthusiasm. Show some passion. What drives you about your work? How do you feel you are making a contribution to other people’s lives?

Show results

It is not enough to simply list out your achievements in an interview. You need to back up what you say with evidence. Can you quote the numbers reflecting your hard work? Do you have any awards or accolades to speak of? Your achievements become much more credible when you can back them up.

Practice

You’ve heard the saying “Poor preparation promotes poor performance.” The more you sweat in preparing for the interview means the less you’ll sweat during the interview. Go over a list of potential questions you may be asked and develop concise point on answers. Know your weaknesses and your greatest strengths and have a plan to address them.

You’ve managed to land the interview thanks in part to your resume writing skills. By following these interviewing tips you will bring all that effort to fruition by landing that job you’ve been working hard to get.

About the Author:   Aaron Newbold is a communications specialist that helps individuals through the job search process. He currently writes on employment related topics from resumes to online personal online branding for Resume  Edge.

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How to Get Your Resume Through an Applicant Tracking System

applicanttrackingsystemAs a 21st century job seeker, it’s important to understand the status quo for resumes: around half of all mid-sized companies and almost all large corporations use some type of applicant tracking system to review them. In other words, a computer is screening your resume way before a human employer sees it. Employers receive so many resumes every day; the systems are simply necessary.

Because so many employers are using these systems, it is essential to write your resume with the applicant tracking system in mind. It’s all about keywords. With that in mind, here are some ways to write your resume for an applicant tracking system:

Do some research.

You need to determine the best keywords for each specific position for which you apply. The best way to narrow down these keywords is research.

One good research method is to insert job postings into a keyword aggregator like Wordle.net. This site creates a tag cloud, highlighting the most frequently-used keywords in the posting. Then you can implement these words into your resume (honestly, of course!).

Another research option is social media. On LinkedIn, for example, you can find other people who might be applying for similar jobs and see what words they use in their resumes. Alter your resume to compete with these people.

Include keywords multiple times.

Once you’ve determined the best keywords for the specific job opening, implement them into your resume multiple times. The more they appear, the higher up you will be ranked. You can’t possibly know how many times your competitors will use these words, so be strategic.

Don’t go overboard, though. You should not repeat full sentences or include keywords out of context. Remember, a human will still be reading your resume at some point, too. Include keywords where they make sense.

Use both abbreviations and full titles.

Keep in mind, a computer is not going to be able to associate an abbreviation with a full job title. It’s important to list both versions in your resume history so either can be caught as a keyword. For example, if you were the Chief Financial Officer, you should spell it out and include CFO in parentheses. Now, no matter which keyword the employer searches for, you will be found in the results.

Use keywords on social media, too.

You should write your social media profiles with the same mindset as your resume. Keywords, keywords, keywords. An applicant tracking system works just like a Google search, so be sure to focus on the keywords in order to be found by employers on LinkedIn.

An applicant tracking system makes employers lives easier, so it’s important to suck it up and take these extra steps in your resume. The right keywords could be the difference in landing your next job interview.

What other advice do you have for writing a resume for an applicant tracking system?

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How Should I Include my Salary History in a Cover Letter?

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Providing a salary history can be tricky, because it serves as an early screening tool for recruiters and a strong indicator of what your next salary should be. By revealing your past salaries, you’re essentially plotting the course to your next one. And your potential employer may not have the same destination in mind.

Just like all money conversations, discussing salary can be awkward if you don’t approach it with confidence. To make sure you know what you’re talking about when it comes to salary history, we talked to Paul Barada, salary and negotiations expert for Monster.com and president of pre-employment screening company Barada Associates Inc.

DON’T SKIP IT
If you’re applying for a job that specifically asks for salary history on the application, don’t ignore the request or put ‘not applicable.’ An incomplete application is the quickest way to the trashcan, says Barada, so don’t give the hiring manager an easy excuse to throw yours away.

DO SHOW HOW YOUR SALARY HAS PROGRESSED

If you’re asked to outline your salary history, include a separate sheet from your cover letter and resume devoted to salary. Include all fulltime, professional positions you’ve held post-graduation (no need to include short-term, hourly stints like serving tables, transcribing, etc.).

The best way to organize your salary history page is to state your position, employer, time spent in the position, and then your annual salary. (See below for an example.) This is a great way to show how your salary has steadily increased with your professional status—and what you expect your next salary to be.

Second-Year Audit Associate
Deloitte and Touche LLP, New York, NY
8/2008 – Present
Starting Salary: $45,000
Ending Salary: $55,000

DON’T LIE OR EXAGGERATE ABOUT PAST SALARIES
This is an absolute no-no: Lying about your salary will discredit you as a candidate and burn a bridge with the potential employer. Barada says it’s simple to check up on an employee’s salary history, and many employers will ask for a copy of a recent pay stub or W-2 form to verify past payments.

Barada says companies check up on salary history more often than you’d think. “A company asked us to do a report on a candidate, and the applicant had about 20 years of professional experience, but he lied about how much money he was making at his last job,” says Barada. “He would have been hired if he’d been honest, but he didn’t get the job. The $5K he lied about wasn’t worth it.”

DO KNOW WHAT YOUR NEXT SALARY SHOULD BE

If you’re apprehensive about sharing your salary because you think you’ll get less than you’re worth, include what you expect your new salary to be. For each advancing position, it’s fair to assume you should receive at least a 10- to 15-percent increase in salary.

Take a candidate making $40,000. When applying for a new job, this candidate could state in her cover letter “My most recent salary was $40,000, but my anticipated salary is negotiable within the $45,000 to $50,000 range.” Most people change jobs because they have more experience and want to make more money—and there’s nothing wrong or unethical about asking for a bump in pay to reflect that. Just make sure your desired salary is realistic: That $40,000 candidate should not be requesting a $75,000 salary if her experience and skills don’t warrant it.

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12 Things That Could Ruin Your Resume

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What’s one thing you never, ever want to see on a resume from a potential hire?

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.

1. Too Many Jobs

Jumping around from job to job is never a good sign. It raises a number of questions about the candidate: Was he fired? Can he not commit? Does he not know what he wants? Is he a freelancer? Is he full-time? The point being: I’d always steer clear of someone who jumps around.
Anson SowbyRocket XL

2. A Lie

When I interview someone, I really want to get to know the person because hiring you is a big investment for us. I will ask you about everything you’ve done, what you’re involved in and what you learned. If you get tripped up on something or it’s clear you’re making it up, then the meeting is over. Never put anything on your resume that you didn’t really do.
Trace CohenLaunch.it

3. “Proficient in Microsoft Office”

Seriously? It’s the 21st century. Being proficient in Microsoft Office is no longer a skill — it’s a given or a “you better be.” It kills me when I see that on resumes!
Shahzil (Shaz) AminBlue Track Media, LLC

4. The Word “Strategy”

I actively scan resumes for the word “strategy.” When I see it too many times, I know this person is not a doer. Doers tell you about what they have done, what they have accomplished and the projects they worked on. Non-doers will tell you about things they were “around.” The word strategy seems to come up far too often.
Adam LiebDuxter

5. The Term “Expert”

If someone truly is an expert, he or she won’t be looking for a job. Employers will seek him or her out.
Jim BelosicPancakes Laboratories/ShortStack

6. A Hotmail Email Address

It is biased to criticize someone’s choice of email provider, but when I see an@aol.com or @hotmail.com email address, I can honestly say I’m swayed in the wrong direction. Working at a startup or small company in today’s market requires an adept mind that’s able to adjust and adopt new paradigms on the fly. Not being able to swap your email account to something current suggests risky limitations.
Derek ShanahanPlayerize

7. Too Many Short-Term Jobs

A lot of different short-term employment experience is a red flag. I am looking for expertise and commitment, neither of which is reflected when a person lists five companies in three years. Some individuals can be impatient and constantly look for “the next best thing.” I look for individuals who exhibit loyalty and commit themselves to developing true skills within an organization.
John BerkowitzYodle

8. A Focus on Inputs

The easiest way to fill out a resume is to list everything that you did. “I managed a team …” or “Led Initiative X” are very common. A resume that talks about inputs and roles, but ignores results, scares me. We are a scrappy startup, and we need people who will deliver value. If you forget to share the impact that you had on your organization, we will assume it was minimal!
Aaron SchwartzModify Watches

9. Two Pages

If you can’t fit your accomplishments on a single page, then I am worried about your ability to be concise with any task.
Josh WeissBluegala

10. Objectives

I already know your objective is to get a job at my company — that’s why you sent in your resume. If you have a different objective, don’t tell me. We sometimes see objectives for jobs other than the one in question. If you want to be a newscaster, why are you applying to my startup?
Zach ClaytonThree Ships Media

11. Spelling Errors

Spelling mistakes on the resume kill the image of the candidate. It shows he can’t take the time, attention and care to make the most important document accurate, and it reflects poorly on his ability to have the skills necessary to fulfill a role in an early-stage company — where there are few people checking each other’s work and individual responsibility is the mantra.
Shradha AgarwalContextMedia

12. A History of Everything the Candidate Has Ever Done

It’s highly unlikely the work you did 10 years ago or your summer internship from college is relevant to the position I’m hiring for today. A long-winded resume detailing too much from the past tells me you’re not confident with your recent achievements. I’m interested in experience related to the position I’m hiring for and how your past work has led you to be a killer applicant for the position.
Jeff BergerDoostang and Universum Group
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What if I Have Resume Gaps Because of a Long-Term Disability?

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about keeping your resume fresh during unemployment. It’s important to fill the gaps, change your resume format, and be completely honest.

But, what should you do when a long-term disability is the reason for your resume gap?

Remember that the same rules apply. Like with unemployment, you need to be honest.

You should start by changing your resume format. In this case, a functional resume is your best bet. This resume format highlights your skills and experience, instead of your chronological work history.

Employment gaps make employers worry about your commitment to the job. They want to make sure they hire someone who will be around for a long time. If your skills show you are a qualified candidate, hiring managers will be willing to look past your employment gap.

When it comes to the interview, be honest.Tell the interviewer the reason for the employment gap was a long-term disability. Keep your explanation brief and move the focus back to your skills. Make sure the interviewer knows you’re excited to get back to work.

The purpose of a resume is to get an interview. If you emphasize your skills and accomplishments in your new resume format, your long-term disability should not be a problem. Your qualifications are what count most.

What advice do you have for filling resume gaps due to a long-term disability?  

 For this post, Doostang thanks our friends at Come Recommended.
 
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How Do I Include Salary Requirements in a Cover Letter?

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In a game of poker, showing your cards to your opponents would put you at a great disadvantage. No surprise, then, that when an employer asks you to list your salary requirements in a cover letter, you feel a tad vulnerable.

But there is a simple logic behind this standard request: If you require compensation far beyond what a company is prepared to pay for the position, it doesn’t want to waste its time—or yours—going through the interview process. So if you’re asked for salary requirements, especially if applications without them won’t be considered, it’s time to tip your hand.

BENCHMARK
Websites like Salary.com and Glassdoor can show you what you can expect to earn based on your industry, location, skill set, and experience. If you have industry contacts, inquire what entry-level employees typically make. Or go straight to the source, says Ellen Gordon Reeves, author of Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? “You can call the HR department of a company and simply say, ‘I saw a job advertised at your company and I’m wondering what the entry-level salary is for this department.’”

SET A RANGE
Your benchmarking should help you determine a bottom line—the absolute minimum you’ll accept. But rather than a single figure, present your requirements in a ten-thousand-dollar range. This increases the chances that your expectations and the employer’s budget will overlap and gives you some room to negotiate later on. Reeves suggests writing, “My salary requirements are in the $30,000 to $40,000 range, depending on the type and scope of responsibilities.”

WIGGLE ROOM
Unless the employer is feeling generous, you’ll probably be offered a salary on the low end of your range. But you still have some wiggle room. Salary is only one part of an employer’s offer; employee benefits also carry a lot of weight, and can be used as leverage. If you feel the salary is on the low side given the responsibilities of the position, it can’t hurt to bluff a bit and say that you expected more comprehensive employee benefits and will need a higher salary to offset this.

For this post, Doostang thanks our friends at WetFeet.

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Does Job Hopping Look Bad on Your Resume?

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Pros and Cons of Job Hopping

It’s common for many young professionals today to have frequent job changes throughout their early career. Whether they’re searching for their dream job or haven’t found the right fit, young professionals are changing jobs faster than ever.

Job hopping happens when a professional enters a new job every two or three years (or less). This is common amongst Gen Y’ers and can happen for a number of reasons. Young professionals feel the need to find new jobs until they find a job that fulfills their career goals. If you’re wanting to quit your current position to enter your third or fourth job, here are some pros and cons to keep in mind:

Pros To Job Hopping:

  • Provides diverse experience. Young professionals who have the opportunity to work at different companies can expand their skills and experience. Different companies have different ways of functioning, leadership styles, and skills to offer their employees. Professionals who have a variety of experience can be more well-rounded employees.
  • Salary increase. This is one of the driving forces behind frequent job changes amongst job seekers. Many people switch jobs because they desire a higher salary or a better position.
  • Learn about different work environments. By having multiple jobs, you can experience different corporate cultures, leadership styles, and how employees are valued. For example, if you transition from a nonprofit organization to a for-profit company, you can learn about the different elements of your profession. This is very helpful for professionals who are looking for their niche.
  • Discover what you want out of a career. Most young job seekers realize they won’t find their dream job following college; therefore, they spend time at multiple jobs to help them decide which career path to take.
  • Illustrates career advancement. If your experience contributes to your career advancement, it can help tell your story through your resume. Job seekers who have changed jobs in order to advance their career can use their resume to show how various positions have helped them achieve their career goals. By doing this, you will be able to illustrate to employers you are prepared for their company and ready to contribute to their company’s success.

Cons To Job Hopping:

  • Shows lack of dedication. Frequent job changes in a resume can be a red flag to employers. Employers look for candidates who possess loyalty and commitment to their company. If it appears your different jobs during
    the last several years are irrelevant to your career advancement, employers may see this as a lack of dedication to your career.
  • Zero career satisfaction. Moving from job to job can take the joy out of a career for people. Constantly quitting jobs and starting over again can cause your career can become exhausting.
  • Shows indecisiveness. If you’re changing jobs every one or two years, this shows employers your lack of commitment to finding your career path. Employers want their candidates to be confident when deciding to build their career with their company.
  • It’s stressful. Switching jobs often can become very stressful for job seekers. It’s easy for job seekers to become discouraged about their career when they are changing jobs and can lead them to giving up on pursuing their dream job.
  • It can cost you a reference. When leaving a job, it’s always important to end the experience on good terms. However, any time you quit a job, you could run the risk of losing a valuable reference. When leaving a job to move onto a new opportunity, try to leave on good terms and keep your boss and coworkers in your network.

If you are thinking about taking the plunge into a new job, make sure you are accepting the new position for the right reasons. Ask yourself, “Is hopping jobs worth the move? Will this help me advance my career?” Remember, this is your career we’re talking about. There are many advantages and drawbacks to switching jobs, however, always be confident in your decision when changing jobs.

Have you had two or more jobs within the last five years? Were you faced with any challenges during the switch?

For this post, Doostang thanks our friends at ComeRecommended.

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