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Why You Did Not Get That Financial Modeling Job

Are you looking for the first financial modeling job, or trying to switch careers to the financial modeling field? Have you sent out numerous resumes only to receive little to no invitations for an interview? You may be trying to decide what you are doing wrong and why you aren’t getting those interviews. Here are some things to consider:

Your resume isn’t telling what YOU can do for THEM.  When applying for a financial modeling job, you need to have your resume tell your interviewer what you can do for their company. Your resume needs to do more than list your former jobs and duties; you need to tell how well you performed the job. Quantify your successes and qualify your accomplishments.

Your cover letter is generic. A generic cover letter is as good as not having a cover letter. You don’t want to highlight your resume in the cover letter, you want to tell the interview something about yourself. Explain why you will be great at the job for which you are applying. Be specific and say something catchy.

Your resume lists skills not pertinent to the job for which you are applying. If you are changing to the field of financial modeling, or have been out of the financial modeling field for some time, you will need to make certain your resume highlights skills pertinent to the financial modeling field and not just list what you have been doing. If an interviewer sees that you have been out of the field, they need to know how your skills will apply to financial modeling now. This is a good time for your cover letter to explain what you are doing and why you are changing field.

When applying for financial modeling jobs, you want to make sure that your resume and cover letter stand out among the sea of applicants you might be competing. Make sure you have someone with hiring experience proof your resume and give you some feedback, you want your resume to be brief, to the point, and highlight the right things that an interviewer in the field of financial modeling is looking for when determining to whom they will offer interviews.


Secrets to Getting Your Resume Noticed in Financial Modeling

In a sea of resumes, getting your resume noticed, when applying for a financial modeling job, can be a challenge. Here are some secrets to getting your resume noticed and helping you land that next financial modeling job.

Be concise – Don’t use filler language and fluffy words. Be clear and concise when highlighting your education and experience. Emphasize skills that are important to the financial modeling field.

Include keywords – Including industry-specific keywords is vital to being noticed in today’s technically advanced world. With many companies utilizing keyword detection software, ensuring the inclusion of job-specific words can help get your resume noticed by a company whether they are using a software program or a human resources person.

Follow-up – Ensure that you follow up with every company to which you apply. Whether you follow-up with a phone call or an email, or both, following-up can make a big difference in how you are perceived by the company and whether you will be considered. Make sure you take the time to follow up. It shows your professionalism and sincerity in wanting the job.

Getting a job in financial modeling can be competitive. Ensuring you have a stellar resume is half the battle, but making sure that stellar resume gets noticed is the other. Be certain you are being noticed during your job search.

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