If you’re an undergraduate about to enter the job market, or a postgraduate gearing up to reacquaint yourself with working life, it’s probably time to get to grips with your online presence.
Student life can leave a trail of embarrassing information online. However, it’s now that social media should become less about sharing photos of your friends in night clubs and more about advertising yourself to potential employers.
A recent survey of 300 recruiters by the social media monitoring service Reppler revealed that 91% of employers use social media to screen applicants. “These days professional reputation and the standard of your CV is only three quarters of the game and your online presence makes a huge difference,” said Richard Bland, head of finance careers at the London Business School. “We encourage our students to start by Googling themselves on somebody else’s computer, so that they can review exactly what information employers can see.”
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Career change is one of the most difficult things to do in your professional life. Yet, it has become
an urgent imperative for many as the financial industry consolidates and downsizes. We are now
in an era of rapid job turnover, and frequent change in industry business models. Steve Chandler, author of Reinventing Yourself: How to Become the Person You've Always Wanted to Be
concludes, "...at some point you'll need to reinvent yourself professionally..." as this is "a new era of faster-moving professional trajectories, shorter tenures at jobs and the ability to instantly communicate your message across the world."
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"An Investment Strategy in Active ETFs"
The Journal of Index Investing (Summer 2013)
Previous evidence suggests that selectivity or active management positively affects mutual fund performance, hedge fund performance, and passive ETF performance. I examine whether active ETF performance is also positively affected by active management. First, I look at active ETF performance estimated via the Fama–French–Carhart four-factor model. Second, using weekly return data on 10 active ETFs for the period 2008–2012, I find an investment strategy in active ETFs that earns a positive risk-adjusted excess return, based on R2 as extracted from the regression of the ETFs’ excess return on the four-factors’ excess return.
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Using profane language and working in an investment bank may seem as apt a combination as wearing a stetson and rounding up cattle. But swearing at work is a difficult business. If you get it right, you can end up looking like Jamie Dimon – who earlier this week insisted there was ‘no bullsh*tting’ about the London Whale. If you get it wrong, you can end up looking like Mel Gibson in the midst of a meltdown.
These are the golden rules for workplace profanity.
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Congratulations on your new job. Your skills, experience and credentials have brought
you success in your job hunt. Enjoy your
triumph. Take your victory lap.
And get busy.
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When I was attempting my Level II, I was feeling mighty poor.
I had just left my role in finance and I wanted to try my hand at something else that had caught my attention - advertising.
Weird, I know.
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Now that CFA Institute will be holding December Level II exams starting
in 2014, this question is much easier to answer.
What? You hadn’t heard about this
new December exam development? 300 Hours broke the news this past April in
They also reference the related
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