According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the financial industry sector is expected to see dramatic rises in employment by the year 2022. The securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments and related activities sector, a relatively small portion of the overall industry, is expected to see more than a 20% increase in employment. Comparable advances are expected in many of the other sectors as well. Even with this growth, the competition for desirable jobs still remains fierce. With that in mind, what can a current student or recent graduate do to improve their chances of landing that dream job in the financial sector?
Building The Foundation
To successfully build a career, laying a firm foundation is crucial. This foundation building includes:
-Taking the right courses
-Adding proper experience to your resume
-Making the right connections
Set Education Goals
For current and future students, explore the job market for the industry sector you want to join and adjust your curriculum to include courses that will be of value to employers, not just now but in the future as well. This requires examining current trends towards new technologies and software being used in the industry as well as developing a knowledge of available certifications and skill sets that are sought after by employers. By creating a curriculum that includes these trending skills and certifications, you add appeal to your resume.
After setting educational goals, your next step should be adding some work experience to your resume. This has been the bane of many new graduates. Every employer wants to hire someone with experience but how can you get experience if no one will hire you?
To get the experience you need to stand out among the throngs of other qualified applicants, you must become resourceful. Look into the possibility of internships, job shadowing and other resources that will provide actual hands-on experience in your chosen field. That unpaid summer internship program or leadership conference might cost you a bit of time and money now but the experience gained from these sources adds some real value to your resume.
The third, and perhaps most important, point in building your career’s foundation is creating the right connections. Whether you choose the old fashioned meet and greet method or opt to go online through social media, the connections you make can deliver some very rich rewards. Connections made through joining professional organizations, people you met during internships and conferences or those you met through a digital platform such as LinkedIn can help you get your foot in the door with competitive companies. Even the most seemingly insignificant connection may be your link to the CEO of that Fortune 500 company you want to work for.
If you are just a faceless resume among hundreds or thousands of other faceless resumes, it is hard to get that dream companies attention and the call for an interview. When you lay out a solid foundation for the career you want, it becomes much easier to stand out in the crowd and get noticed.
How do you get noticed? What are you doing to build the resume for the career you want? What techniques have worked for you? Leave a comment and share your thoughts
About the Author: Gerald Buck is the editor of ejobapplications.com, a site offering job applications and resourceful information. He is passionate in providing advice to those seeking job opportunities.