Standing Out in the Finance Industry

It seems like everybody and their mother is going back to school to get an MBA these days, and that is making it increasingly difficult for business employers to weed out the poor applicants from the most qualified ones. If you are looking for a job in the finance industry, here are three simple things you can do to make sure you stand out.

1. Check Your Credit

An intelligent HR manager hiring for a finance position is going to check an applicant’s credit from That means a prospective employer is going to know about high balances on credit cards, delinquent loans, and any other financial issues you may be having. By checking all three of your credit scores and reports, you are able to make sure that there is no false information on them. It also lets you prepare for any personal finance questions the employer might ask.

2. Learn how to make an impression

Many hiring managers say that they need less than 30 seconds of looking at a resume to know whether they want to interview someone, and about that long in an interview before they know if they will hire that person. You only get one shot at a first impression, so make it count. Make sure your resume is tailored specifically to the job you are seeking (Must Have Job Skills) and when you get called in for the interview, look and act the part. Interviewers judge you by your appearance, your attitude, and even your handshake, so don’t underestimate their importance.

3. Build your brand online

When you want to know more about someone, you Google them. When employers want to know more about you, they Google you. The more you do to get your credentials online and gain the respect of the financial community, the better your standing will be. Write a finance blog. Join online communities where finance is a topic of interest. Make social networking connections with other finance people. Do whatever you can to guarantee that when a hiring manager types your name into a search engine, they will know without a doubt that you are a valuable part of the finance industry. (Top 10 Social Media Dos and Don’ts)