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04/16/2014

Six Signs You Have to Quit Your Banking Job in the Next Six Months

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Your bonus is (probably) in the bank. Should you stay? Should you go? Are you still ‘learning in your job’? Are you still climbing the corporate edifice? How can you determine, quickly, easily and with minimal sentiment that it’s time to move on? Banking headhunters volunteer the following six leading indicators.

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04/08/2014

Office Politics Surviving and Thriving—If You’re Savvy

Being politically savvy is a vital competence for anyone working in an office/organizational environment, but it’s not taught often and, in many cases, understood. In fact, in my practice as a coach the term “office politics” has received a bad rap. (Words like “Machiavellian,” “manipulative,” and “conspiratorial” come to mind.) Tales of political sabotage, power plays, and turf wars are part of any organization’s history. Nonetheless, political competence is the one skill everyone wishes to have more of—but no one talks about it. When you ask people how they achieve results within their organizations, they cite market analysis,strategic planning, and brainstorming. They almost never mention politics.

–Jeffrey Cohen

Jeffrey Cohen's services as a career and executive coach are now available to NYSSA members. Click here for more information.

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04/02/2014

Tips for Telling Your Story

Whether you’re launching a job search, lobbying for a promotion, taking over as the new team leader, or bonding with colleagues and customers, you may want to tell your story. Doing so builds people’s trust in you.    

The ability to tell your story is vital in your life, both personally and professionally. Below are tips to help you tell your story in today’s business world.

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03/19/2014

How to Dress Like You Should Be a Banking Big-Shot

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Late July in Cambridge and the swarms of tourists are given a rare photo opportunity. It is graduation day and the university’s students walk in procession from their ancient colleges, through the city’s cobbled streets to the Senate House, where they are awarded the degrees that will give them access to the highest levels of Britain’s society. To the untrained eye, the gowns are all pretty similar – Harry Potter-style wizard robes – but the differences are intricate and infinite.

For those who haven’t yet graduated the college gown must be worn to formal occasions, each with their subtle variations – a bow here and a plait there. When graduating or matriculating, the type of gown and hood worn depends on the type of degree you are doing – whether it’s a BSc, BA, MPhil, MLitt, Phd, MusD and so on – and what your academic discipline is. If you’ve completed a doctorate at the 804-year-old institution, the Doctor’s gown – a little crimson silk number with a comical gold tasselled hat – must be worn.

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03/17/2014

Don’t Sabotage Your Website’s News Page

A news page featuring your firm’s mentions in the media can boost your credibility as long as you avoid one financial advisor’s mistake.

“Wow! This advisor hasn’t gotten any press since 2006.” That was my first thought when I looked at this advisor’s news page earlier this year. I immediately thought, “He should delete his news page.”

But then I scanned the rest of the page. I realized that the advisor had listed his media coverage in chronological order. He started in 2006 and continued up to the present day way, way down the page.

Unfortunately, most readers won’t scan the entire page. They’ll stop with the misperception that the advisor is a dud at getting the attention of the press.

The lesson for you? List your news coverage in reverse chronological order, putting the most recent items at the top of your page. For an example, see my “In the News” page.

Using the proper order is a small step with a big impact.

 


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–Susan Weiner, CFA, is the author of Financial Blogging: How to Write Powerful Posts That Attract Clients, which is tailored to financial planners, wealth managers, investment managers, and the marketing and communications staff that supports them. Read her blog or follow her on Twitter, Google+ or the Investment Writing Facebook page.

03/12/2014

The Paths to a Career in Investment Management

More than one third (37%) of all CFA® Charterholders are portfolio managers or research analysts. The remaining 63% are strewn across a variety of job functions. Before becoming a CFA candidate, check the CFA Institute website to make sure your dream career aligns with the job functions held by current CFA Charterholders.

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03/11/2014

How to Gain the Position You Really Want and Keep It

I have spent the last 32 years in the wealth management business as a manager and as a financial advisor. During that time, I managed several hundred financial advisors and related staff. I have had the opportunity to interview hundreds of people for various jobs within wealth management. I thought I would share some observations and perhaps some advice related to developing your career.

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02/19/2014

Two Real-life Examples of What to Expect in a Goldman Sachs Case Study Interview

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Want to work for Goldman Sachs? Wondering what you’ll encounter in your entry-level interview? We have a selection of Goldman Sachs’ graduate interview questions, herehere, and here.

However, if you’ve made it through to the final round and are participating in a Goldman Sachs assessment centre or ‘Superday’, you can expect something altogether more complex. At this stage, you’ll probably encounter a case study based upon a real-life business situation. You’ll typically be expected to discuss this case study in a small team with other applicants, and to make a presentation based upon your findings.

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02/11/2014

Looking for a New Finance Job in London or on Wall Street? Here’s Who You’re Up against

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Now’s the time to find a new job in financial services. According to recruitment firm Astbury Marsden, things are looking up. According to one Morgan Stanley MD this is a great moment to be starting out in M&A. Leverage requirements for European banks are being relaxed. People are calling an end to the great recruitment hiatus of 2008.

What does it take to get a financial services job nowadays though? We’ve examined the many thousands of résumés uploaded into our CV database over the past three months and looked at the sorts of people who say they’re available to work in the City of London or on Wall Street.

The stats below should give you some idea of the calibre of the financial services professionals you’re up against. If you want to work on Wall Street, it clearly helps to study at an Ivy League University. Wherever you are, our figures suggest that the big proficiency of people working in the financial services industry globally is…a mastery of Excel.

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01/22/2014

How to Build the Perfect Resume for Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan

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As we reported in October, several big banks have built out their online career centers over the last year as they face increased competition for top young talent. J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs have been particularly diligent, offering a host of information about the company as well as a few bits of advice for prospective candidates.

Previously, we combed through the material on the two sites to pull out some unique interview tips. Now, we’re talking resumes. The information below was taken from the career sites of Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan as well as recent interviews we’ve done with the two banks.

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01/14/2014

Fired? What Do You Say in Your Next Job Interview?

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So something happened in your previous job, and you were fired. Maybe you deserved it, maybe you didn’t, or maybe you were culled in a company-wide ‘restructuring’ exercise. And maybe you don’t have enough money to head off into the sunset into early retirement to dabble in a spot of day-trading, real estate speculation or Bitcoin bartering.

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01/13/2014

Smart Career Move: Recruiting Your Personal Board of Advisors

If you’re serious about managing your own career, you already know that no one can do it for you. As the saying goes, YOYO: You’re on your own.

Yes, rugged individualism can be wonderful, but it’s not appropriate when it comes to navigating the 21st century job market. What you need, instead, is an informal board of advisors who will personally give you insights and perspectives regarding your long-term strategy as well as your next career move.

Who are these people? What they have in common: They’re all people you know and like and trust. Like any truly effective advisory board, collectively, their knowledge is broad and diverse. Here are some tips for recognizing the people in your life who you want on your personal board of advisors:

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12/24/2013

Eight Ways to Improve Your Resume over the Holidays

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December is a pivotal time of year to get your resume and social media profiles updated, in sync and given to the right contacts to land your next job faster for the New Year. Whether you are simply updating your achievements, landing a new job or switching careers, it is key to capitalize on the remaining few weeks of 2013 to position yourself to thrive in 2014. Here are eight tips that you can do right now to get your profile and resume up to speed fast and ready for the New Year.

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12/23/2013

Personal Branding: Networking

Once you have taken the first step in developing your personal brand—creating a resume—you need to test your brand in the marketplace.

Network to find out if people perceive you the way you see yourself.

There are two kinds of networking: online and in-person.

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12/11/2013

15 Frightful Reasons Why Job Hopping Could Kill Your Banking Career

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Are you a banker in Asia with a track record of moving between banks after short stints? You may want to stick with your current role for many more years.

Job hopping is high on hiring managers’ lists of pet hates in Asia. Bin Wolfe, managing partner of talent at EY for Asia Pacific, told us yesterday that China was awash with job-hopping candidates. And earlier this year, Nicholas Johnson, an MD at J.P. Morgan in Hong Kong, bemoaned receiving “bits-and-bobs CVs”, while Andrew Hendry, Asia managing director of M&G Investments, said there were too many job hoppers in Singapore.

But the tide may now be turning against career flip-floppers as cost-conscious banks in Asia shy away from investing in candidates who may not be with them for very long. “Most investment banks now count the number of jobs you’ve had, and if it’s more than one firm every two or so years, you’re ruled out,” said Vince Natteri, a Hong Kong-based director at recruiters Pinpoint Asia.

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11/25/2013

The Six Personality Traits of a Successful Wall Street Trader

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Goldman Sachs traders posted losses on just six days during the second quarter. They booked more than $100 million in profits in 10 days. Needless to say, there’s plenty of money to be made as a Wall Street trader. Plenty of stress too.

If you want to be a successful trader on Wall Street, you better be highly intelligent and have an inspiring work ethic. You also need to have a certain personality – strong, fearless but also humble. Here are the six traits you’ll need if you want to make it.

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11/13/2013

Writing Investment Research Reports: Elements of Style

The security analyst profession is changing, and that's because your clients' needs are changing. Clients today are more demanding than ever. They want useful information, and they want it now. They want your report's recommendations in a clear, concise, and compelling style. They want information that's logically presented and easy to understand.

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11/07/2013

Behold the Growing Job Sector Where Investment Banks Are Actually Hiring

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If you’re an experienced banker in debt capital markets, you might want to send your CV to a regional bank in Asia.

With investment banking recruitment still stuck in the doldrums globally, DCM in Singapore and Hong Kong is providing a welcome wave of hiring, fueled by an active market.

DCM revenue in Asia Pacific hit $3.0bn in the first nine months of this year, accounting for a record 34% of IB revenue in the region, significantly above the 22% average over the past 10 comparable periods, according to figures from Dealogic.

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10/23/2013

50 Things You’ll Need to Sacrifice If You Want to Make It in Banking

1. Sleep

Heard of the ‘Magic Roundabout’? No? Familiarize yourself, especially if you plan to work as a junior in M&A.

2. Lunch 

It’s supposedly for wimps…

In fact, you will probably have lunch. Banks like Goldman have impressive cafeterias for this exact purpose. But you will probably have a quick lunch and may not leave the building or your desk in order to purchase and consumer it.

3. Midweek sorties with old friends

There’ll be none of that. Old friends who work in government-type jobs might be meeting up for midweek drinks. You will have drinks with the team, or not at all.

4. Midweek sorties without any friends

Most banks will feed you if you work late enough into the evening. Grocery shopping will become a thing of the past.

5. Saturday mornings in the countryside

You’ll be in bed, or at work.

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10/15/2013

12 Tips for Getting a Job When You Have ‘Too Much Experience’

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There is no question that cost-cutting and redundancies have been more detrimental to senior staff than junior-level bankers. Not only are they an easier target – due to their high price tag – but it’s also more difficult for experienced bankers to find new work. With fewer senior-level jobs available, many have begun applying and interviewing for more junior roles. Needless to say, scoring a job with “too much experience” is a tough task.

Last month, we offered some philosophical tips on how to combat ageism – an all-too-real phenomenon on Wall Street and in most every other sector. To follow up, we wanted to offer some more concrete tips on how to go about the job search when you’re overqualified – from networking to resume writing to the critical interviews.

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09/16/2013

Brutally Honest Day in the Life of a Sell-Side Trader

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Want to know what it’s really like to be a sell-side trader? The days are long and tiring, and the business is as relationship-driven as ever, perhaps more so. We asked a trader at a boutique firm to chronicle his work day, from waking up to shutting down. It doesn’t sound like he has the healthiest diet in the world.

5:30 a.m.: Wake up. Check Bloomberg Anywhere. Check Twitter. No one reads the Journal anymore.

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09/11/2013

Quantitative Easing for Regular Folks: Three Lessons from The New York Times

“Quantitative easing” pops up regularly in economic and market commentary. The term conveys a lot to financial professionals who know the fine points of QE3 vs. QE1. However, it’s likely to make the average American say, “Huh?”

This is why I suggest that you learn from newspapers when you discuss quantitative easing—or other technical terms—in your communications aimed at ordinary folks. I found three techniques in recent articles.

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09/09/2013

Resigning With Grace: Keys to Your Successful Exit Strategy

We might as well all admit it...at one point or another in our careers, we've all had fantasies about what fun it would be to resign from our jobs.

Regardless of why we're leaving our present employer, we imagine the look of shock and awe on our colleagues' faces. And we relish the image of their envious faces as we gleefully head for the nearest exit.

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09/04/2013

The Five Dos and Don’ts of Negotiating Compensation

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For many, it’s the most gut-wrenching part of any job search. Talking compensation is a good thing – as it typically signifies you’re close to an offer – but be too passive or too aggressive and it’ll cost you. Either you’ll end up leaving money on the table, or worse, you’ll scare off a potential offer.

While admittedly there is no perfect strategy behind negotiating compensation, there are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind, particularly when it comes to investment banking.

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08/26/2013

When Bankers Rant: Six Reasons Why Big Banks Are Bad Places to Work

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As anyone who’s worked for a large international bank will know, saying something adverse about your employer in a public forum is cause for instant dismissal. Saying something adverse about your employer even after your employment has terminated can lead to the removal of any stock that has yet to vest and to which you are still entitled despite moving on. Doing anything to damage the reputation of current and past banking employers is a no-no. And yet, employees bitching about investment banks is becoming quite the thing.

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08/14/2013

Top Writing Tips from CFA Hartford, FPAMA, NYSSA, and PAICR

Participants in my four May writing workshops expressed their opinions on my most helpful tips. I share their favorites below, along with related links.

1. Use mind mapping to organize your thoughts before you write. You can create a mind map focused on the topic you’d like to tackle in your investment commentary, article, or other written piece. Put the topic in the middle of your page, then start mapping ideas. Once you have everything down on the page, it’s time for analysis. Don’t forget this key step!

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08/12/2013

Book Review: Worthless, Impossible and Stupid

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Entrepreneurship has become an increasingly important option for financial professionals. Fortunately, there is now a lot more information on how to evaluate and succeed in this world. Most view today's entrepreneur as being in their 20s, operating in the technology industry. One of the values of Worthless, Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value is it expands our view beyond the young and the tech focused. Author Daniel Isenberg is well qualified to be our guide into the broader view of the entrepreneur. He has been involved in business start-ups, was a Harvard Business School professor, and authored a host of case studies. Currently, Daniel Isenberg is the founding executive director of the Babson Entrepreneur Ecosystem Project, and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School.

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08/07/2013

International Business Travel: Rules of the Road

If your company sends you abroad to conduct business, congratulations. You're obviously respected by your colleagues, and your management thinks highly of you.  After all, you can't send a member of the "B Team" on a trip that will require a staff meeting in Paris, a client meeting in Johannesburg, a vendor meeting in Singapore, and an employee meeting in Mexico City. And even though you're probably a global citizen because of how you were raised, it's a good idea to brush up on the rules of the road.

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07/31/2013

Video: Personal Branding and Self-Assessment

If you don't think of job search as "marketing," you're wrong. When it comes to searching for your next career, you must think of yourself as a brand. Why would anyone purchase? What sets you apart from the next similar product? In this NYSSA Career Chat, Five O'Clock Club Career Coach Nancy Deering discusses the importance of personal branding. Here, you'll learn that "selling yourself" effectively can set you apart from a sea of other candidates.

07/29/2013

Banks Push to Attract ‘Sexiest’ Candidates

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Data is not sexy. Data scientists, despite largely being associated with statistics and technology, are, however. The ‘sexiest job of the 21st century’ is finally coming to banking. The problem is, though, every industry wants to recruit them.

HSBC has stuck its neck out and started the hunt for a ‘data scientist’: “Early arrivals have a great opportunity to shape the development of this core capability,” it says. Other banks, via recruitment agencies, seem to be following suit. Despite all the furore around big data, and its revenue generating possibilities, banks have so far resisted the urge to build big teams around it.

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07/17/2013

The High Paying Banking Jobs that Nobody Wants

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Pay is, of course, becoming a lot more complex in the financial sector and investment banks are keen to build their internal compensation teams in order to meet the demands of both employees and regulators. There’s just one problem – there are not enough people available.

Investment banks are slowly building their compensation teams in order to both navigate the tricky new regulatory environment and ensure that pay remains competitive relative to their peers. Banks employ specialists in deferred compensation, equity payments, international tax, and regulatory remuneration issues as well as those tasked with working out cash payments.

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07/11/2013

Thinking Globally: Your Career Advantage

Looking at the big picture is imperative these days, both in our personal lives and in our careers.  But, too often, juggling the myriad of responsibilities of our daily lives—including racing to meet work deadlines—obstructs our view.    

A focus that's too narrow is dangerous to our personal happiness, in terms of missed opportunities or wrong turns.  And it’s a career killer. Not seeing the big picture can lull us into staying in a dead-end job, getting hired by a company that's unethical, or land us in a dying industry.    

All organizations today need people who think and work globally.   

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07/01/2013

Three Ingredients You Need to Achieve Any Goal

Be it a career switch, passing the CFA exams or targeting a job promotion - we all have career and life goals that we want to achieve. So why is it so difficult for some? 

From observations of my personal experiences and other peers, I hope to share with you some collective wisdom that I think forms the recipe for success.

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06/26/2013

Students! Maximize Your Online Employability

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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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06/24/2013

Book Review: Reinventing Yourself

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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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06/17/2013

Five Golden Rules for Workplace Cursing in the Style of Jamie Dimon

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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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06/12/2013

"You're Hired!" Now What?

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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05/22/2013

Book Review: What You Were Really Meant to Do

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My first boss in Wall Street advised me "All the happiness in the world won't buy you money." I got the message, as did most of my generation. But the recent consolidation in the business has forced many to rethink their career paths. The growth of entrepreneur opportunities is opening new avenues to follow. In every part of the finance and business worlds, everyone is facing many more competitive challenges. Systematic thinking about career paths has become as essential part of staying employed, and moving ahead. 

At the core of What You're Really Meant to Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential is "the difficult task of understanding who you are and what interests you," which is in contrast to following along defined traditional career routes, often becoming influenced by what your peers are doing, and what looks like the fastest road to a big bonus. It goes without saying, the self-discovery theme of the book is much different from the traditional career goal of finance professionals, which is to make money, as much and fast as possible. In an industry now characterized by restructuring and new business models, this has obvious dangers.

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05/20/2013

Eight Ways to Maximize Your Relationships with Financial Recruiters

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Financial services recruiters can be a great resource, but if you don’t pick the right ones or fail to work with them strategically, you’ll end banging your head against a wall and going home jobless. Here are some hints from recruiters themselves on how to get the most out of the relationship and make the process as pain-free as possible.

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05/06/2013

Is There Any Point Applying for Jobs through Recruitment Firms Now?

EfinancialCareersThe sands have been shifting with regards to financial services ‘recruitment channels’. Once upon a time, banks did a lot of their hiring through financial services recruitment firms. Now they don’t.

UBS is a case in point. When the Swiss bank presented its first quarter results last month, it said recruiters were used to fill no more than 10% of its jobs in 2012, down from 16% in 2011. Even William Vereker, the big-name M&A banker whom UBS has reportedly hired from Nomura, is said to have been brought on board without the intervention of headhunting firms. UBS declined to comment as to whether this was the case, but it is not the only bank to hire directly – at our recent round tables for banks’ heads of recruitment, recruiters said they do 70-75% of their hiring themselves.

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05/01/2013

Book Review: Thinking, Fast and Slow

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Cogito, ergo sum.  Whether or not you agree with Descartes’ proposition, “I think, therefore I am,” is immaterial.  In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman explores exactly how the human mind works. There are two systems that control the way we think.  System 1 allows us to make split-second decisions and is based on emotion (“fast thinking”), whereas System 2 is more calculating and logical (“slow thinking”).  Be prepared to learn exactly how much of our thought is based on System 1 (it is much more than you believe) and techniques that can be used to force our brains into a System 2 environment.  By the end of the book, Kahneman may have you believing that economic actors are not as rational as economic theory assumes.

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04/15/2013

Ten Routes into Banking Jobs When You’ve Failed the First Time

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A lot of university students still want to be investment bankers despite the degree of banking bashing around the world. But with banks retrenching from student hiring, not many of them make it. According to High Fliers Research, there were 82 applications per investment banking job in the UK last year.  So, what do you do if you’ve applied for an entry level position in an investment bank after a university course and haven’t got in?

Here are the ten best options:

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04/10/2013

Leaders (Desperately) Wanted: Bad Bosses Need Not Apply

People today don't trust banks, Wall Street, or government. We need men and women with the leadership skills necessary to fill the leadership vacuum of our times. 

Many bosses think they're leaders. But they're wrong. They're merely bad bosses.

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03/27/2013

Forget the European Union’s Bonus Cap. Worse May Be to Come

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Like a busy cephalopod, the European Union’s bonus capping law makers are putting their tentacles into places previously considered out of bounds. Asset management firms are the latest to be touched. Hedge fund managers could be next.

Sven Giegold, a German Green Member of the European Parliament (MEP) , has proposed that fund managers working at UCITS funds should have their bonuses capped as a proportion of salaries in much the same way as bankers. As reported yesterday, this implies a maximum cap on bonuses of 250% of salaries, with shareholder approval. The cap would be a step, “towards ending the gambler mentality in the investment fund sector,” said Giegold in support of its introduction.

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03/13/2013

The Keys to Writing: Investment Research Reports That Stick

If you want to enhance your reputation as an analyst, your aim is to write reports that stick, that is, reports that your clients will remember.

Face it: Today's multi-tasking readers are busy, sleep deprived, distracted, and—most likely—reading your report on a mobile device while rushing to the next meeting.

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03/06/2013

This Emerging Market Investment Bank Increased Headcount by 20% and Is Still Hiring

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Arqaam Capital, an emerging markets focused investment bank based in Dubai, has increased staff by 20% since January 2012 and is continuing to expand. Senior employees in shrinking bulge bracket banks have taken note.

While international banks have cut headcount in the Middle East, Arqaam has hired 18 people to take its total headcount to 110 across all of its offices – an increase of 20%. This week, it named former Credit Suisse banker Wafic Nsouli as its new head of institutional equity sales.

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02/27/2013

Book Review: How to Win Friends and Influence People

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It is with great pleasure that the Career Development Committee announces a monthly reading recommendation as our newest offering. To fulfill NYSSA’s mission to foster the interchange of ideas and information, we will recommend books, journals, and scholarly articles that we believe will support you in your career advancement. We hope that you will enjoy these readings and find them as beneficial as we do.

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02/25/2013

Friday Is the Best Day of the Week to Apply for a Job

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For job seekers, Fridays shouldn’t be spent dreaming of the weekend, updating your fantasy football team or sneaking out for a long liquid lunch. Applying for a role at the end of the workweek could give you an edge over the competition.

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02/13/2013

Leadership Communication: Four Signs a Company Just Doesn't Get It

When you're analyzing whether a company is a smart investment, it's critical that you evaluate how the company communicates with employees. No corporate strategy, no matter how smart and innovative it is, will succeed if employees can't—or won't—execute the strategy. True leaders know that employees are the audience the company depends on the most. Here are the four danger signs that a company fails to communicate effectively with employees:

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01/23/2013

The Three Hottest Jobs in Finance Are…

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Finance hiring isn’t booming, but that doesn’t mean no one is getting hired. For a certain select number of entry-level and experienced folks, there are positions available in finance specialties that are growing. We highlight the three biggest opportunities.

Mortgages

The housing market is growing again with interest rates at record lows, bringing with it the need for loan documentation specialists and mortgage underwriters, according to experts from Randstad Finance and Accounting, a US recruiting firm based in Woburn, Massachusetts. Large banks such as Wells Fargo are leveraging their mortgage businesses to support other, less stable units, leading other firms, such as Bank of America, to rededicate themselves to home loans.

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