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3 Don’ts All Financial Modeling Job Seekers Should Think About

Whether you are out of job or just looking to move to the financial modeling field, the job search process can be daunting at best. If you are looking for your first or next financial modeling job, here are some way to get your job search in financial modeling moving forward.

DON’T BE GENERIC WITH YOUR RESUME – Be sure to personalize your resume for the job you are applying. This means that there is a little more work for you because you don’t just have one resume; but the “one size fits all” days of resumes is over. Personalize the resume to the specific job qualifications that a potential employer is looking for. Taking the time to address specific experience you have that is particular to a financial modeling job to which you are applying can help you land that job interview. Be sure to avoid common resumes mistakes such as grammar and spelling errors as well.

DON’T EXPECT THE JOB TO FIND YOU – One fatal mistake that many financial modeling job seekers make is that they cast a small net out into the job search world and then expect the next financial modeling job to find them.  It’s important to realize that you are not going to find a job if you do not actively search for a job. Job seekers must be diligent, setting aside specific time to search for that next financial modeling job. Even if you are just passively looking for another job because you are not 100% satisfied, you will find that if you don’t actively look for the job, you will likely have little luck in finding a job.

DON’T PUT ALL THE FOCUS ON YOU – Financial modeling job seekers can make a big mistake during the job search process by concentrating their efforts on themselves rather than putting the focus on the job of interest.  Whether you are writing your resume, your cover letter, or answering questions in a job interview, turning the focus to your experience specific to the job description of the job of interest is the best way to keep the focus on you as a potential candidate. Read the job description and make certain your resume is tailors to the specific important traits the job is looking for and be sure to focus your answers in the job interview on the same. Ask questions during the interviews that pertain to the company and the job at hand, proving you have done your research and you are truly interested in the job.

There are many ways to move your job search forward as you are looking for that next financial modeling job. Concentrating on these don’ts will help you put your focus in the right place and have you on your way to your next (or first) financial modeling job.


How to Move Your Financial Modeling Job Search Forward

The job search process can be taxing.  Therefore, it is important for every financial modeling professional to know how to keep the job hunt moving forward.

  1. This can never be said enough – No matter what job you are applying for in financial modeling, your resume MUST be professional.  Avoid common resume mistakes by proofreading for grammar, spelling, and basic common sense mistakes.  A quick proof read can save your resume from the trash can so don’t neglect this important step.
  2. One mistake many financial modeling job seekers make is that they focus their resume, correspondence, and interview answers on themselves principally rather than skewing the focus on the job being sought and the company to which they are applying.  Focusing on the job and ensuring your answers discuss the primary concerns of the job for which you are applying and not just your past job titles.
  3. You aren’t going to find a job if you don’t try.  During your job search you need to be diligent. You need to set aside specific time to work on your job search, respond timely to emails and voice mails, and network.  Being diligent in building relationships and applying for job can help you be on your way to your next financial modeling job.
  4. When asked in a financial modeling interview or writing your cover letter and resume, it is important to focus on outcomes, leadership, and specific metrics that are applicable to the job for which you are applying and not be so set on just listing job descriptions with job titles.
  5. Whether you are networking or interviewing in financial modeling, it is important to focus attention on others and from yourself.  Ask questions about a job or company during an interview to help you understand what they are looking for in an employee when networking, ask questions about the other persons career, and their needs.  You can then better understand their questions of you during your financial modeling interview.

If you are trying to figure out the best way to get your financial modeling job search moving forward, using some of these suggestions can help you ensure you are moving your job search in the right direction. Once you have tried these techniques, you will find that your job search is recharged and moving you forward toward your next financial modeling job.


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