Suggestions for the Talent-less! By Edward Storm
Monday, December 17, 2018
When the time comes to find employment for graduating seniors here in Tempe, AZ and certainly elsewhere around the globe, few industries are as competitive as Wall Street. As I browse through the top resumes that have actually made it onto a printed stack on my desk in the early morning (I think that I actually print less than 1 in 1,000 of the resumes that actually are send to me via my website, blog, or from an outside source and I take notice of where some of the analysts covering the Technology sector at Hedge Funds on the West Coast (a recent search of mine for a client) come from places like Google, Yale, MIT, NASA, IBM, and White House. Wow, nice company, nice company. Most of us will never have the talent of these people but we still have a shot at a great job within global finance. Given all of the talent on my desk the other morning, and the fact that the one attribute that all of the candidates seemed to have was talent, I thought I would put together a list of things that my candidates could do to stand out minus their already oozing talent.
Suggestions for the Talent-less!
- Be Coachable
- Body Language
- Work Ethic
- Be on time!
- Be Prepared
I will make you a promise right here right now that if you live by my suggestions in 2019 your career will be in a better spot when the year comes to an end than when it started! I am not sure that any highly successful individuals could have arrived at the top of the whatever without executing these "suggestions" on a daily basis. I encourage any and all candidates for any and all job searches I am working on filling, whether a hedge fund be looking for a Chief Investment Officer or a boutique investment bank being looking for a sales associate, GET BACK TO BASICS! If you walk into your next interview on time, with a nice confident smile , good posture, with a SD drive and backup SD drive in your pocket….you have a pretty good chance of getting that next job! -Ed Storm