Money makes the world go round, and those in charge of money are the financiers. Have thirst for relevance? The finance industry has always been a competitive field, due in large part to the glamour and prestige assigned to the working relationships with industry titans. Of course, the outstanding salaries explain much of the pull as well. (Unless you can dunk a basketball or throw football 50 yards, it’s hard to beat the pay in investment banking, where recent college grads can come close to six figures.)
So what’s the secret to landing a finance gig? Naturally, identifying opportunities is the first step. Many finance firms have structured on-campus recruiting processes. If you’re in college or graduate school (especially business school), check with the career services office to see which finance companies recruit at your campus. If the company you’ve got your eye on doesn’t come to your school, don’t despair. Many firms accept resumes from non-targeted schools. Check the firm’s web site to find out how to submit your resume. Firm web sites are also a good bet for those out of school looking to change jobs or careers. Additionally, check with friends and alumni for openings at a specific firm or in the finance industry in general.
Virtually every recruiter or professional agrees that no matter how you hear about your position, the most important factor in getting a job is making a good impression in your interview. No matter what your credentials, experience or references, if you don’t come off in your interviews as someone who can do the job and who will fit in at the company, you stand little to no chance of getting hired.