Top tips for a financial services CV

Top tips for a financial services CV

Here’s how you can create a perfect financial services CV. Keep your education short and sweet. Simply list your qualifications and the colleges you attended. Include any systems experience that you have, your proficiency with excel if applicable and any banking or insurance systems that you have used either in your current or previous roles. Be specific about each area within the industry i.e. funds (private equity or hedge funds etc.), trading, risk or compliance. Top skills recruiters and hiring managers look for; funds – private equity or real estate experience, insurance – commercial broking experience CIP/APA qualifications, analytics – forecasting/budgeting/business partnering/excel – if advanced and risk/compliance – any exposure. Use keywords relevant to the skills, experience and systems knowledge that you have but make sure you do include any that you can. Keywords in the financial services sector include: advanced excel, pivots and macros (building macros from scratch), financial modelling, SQL, VBA, real estate, private equity, commercial broking. Make sure you read the job advert and tweak your CV profile for each application you make as this will greatly increase your chances of getting shortlisted for interviews. Follow our job postings to keep up to date on our latest financial services positions or get in touch to begin your new career...
Why Speed is Important When Hiring Top Talent

Why Speed is Important When Hiring Top Talent

Do you lose out on top talent during recruitment because of delays in the hiring process? Understandably, delays are often unavoidable; decision makers have their own roles and duties or they have internal steps they must take before they can start the interview process. During this time the tendency from many is to go quiet and cease communication until the employer is ready to move. This is a big mistake – and guaranteed to leave the candidate feeling deflated. Changing jobs is one of the biggest things a person will do in life and doubts can creep in the longer a process drags on. Equally, a candidates’ impression of a company can be shaped by the recruitment process. An apparent lack of interest is extremely off-putting for candidates and they will often assume that is how a company treats their employees. It is no longer acceptable to tell a candidate you will have feedback in a week and leave them waiting for over a month. Candidates tend to assume they are being held as second choice and lose interest. How a company manages the downtime between the stages of the hiring process can often be as important as the actual interview meetings in attracting a candidate. Communication is key. The easiest solution is to keep in regular contact – keep potential candidates informed throughout. Giving a lead time for the next update or explaining the reasons for delays will keep the candidate engaged ensuring you stand a better chance of securing top talent. Contact Staffworks so you can ensure you stand the best chance of hiring your first...
Interview Questions & How to Answer Them

Interview Questions & How to Answer Them

An interview is more than just answering questions; it’s about selling yourself with carefully prepared answers. Anticipate all the questions you could be asked and know how to put together a strong answer. Be strategic in your responses and practice until you’re as confident as possible. Being prepared for an interview is the key to landing a great job. Here are some common questions you can expect: Questions about you Q: Tell me about yourself? A: Keep it interesting and personable. Give a brief overview of your career history to date, cover your academic background, why you chose your career path and you have the option to close with any professional or personal achievements. Keep this to 3-4 minutes. Remember you want to set the scene and initially highlight your skills to be elaborated at a later stage. Q: Have you any weaknesses? A: Be genuine and always wrap up with how you have overcome the weakness or are working on it. Focus on the positive – turn a question like this around instead of giving in to the negative. Keep it relatable to the type of position applied for. Q: Why should we hire you? A: Highlight how your unique skill set meets the needs of the organization. Leave the interviewer in no doubt that you be an asset to them.  Avoid making comparisons with any other candidates. Show that you are willing to be loyal and dedicated to the company. Questions about your background and/or experience Q: Why did you leave your last job? A: Take a positive approach to this regardless of the circumstances. Speaking poorly...
Six tips to land your dream job

Six tips to land your dream job

Landing your dream job is not impossible. Let us show you how you do it. Know what you want Figure out what it is you would like to do in the first place. What makes you happy? What keeps you motivated? Understand your personality and your interests. What are things that you could do day in and day out without getting bored? Update your CV Your CV might be the most important document you write this year, so it is worth spending time on. Update your dates of employment, double check grammar and spelling. Reflect on how your job responsibilities have changed; amend and highlight your skill set accordingly in line with the job you want. Invest time in your LinkedIn page Your profile should be updated every couple of months, ensuring there are no discrepancies between it and your CV. It is a tool to market your skill set and allows you to highlight why you are valuable to employers. Connecting and expanding your LinkedIn network is important, so make sure you keep your profile updated. Remember the content should be professional at all times. Build a relationship with Staffworks We are dedicated and enthusiastic in our approach to working with candidates. Make an appointment to meet one of our consultants and work with them in confidence throughout the recruiting process. Avail of interview preparation, coaching and be represented professionally for positions with organizations that match what you’re looking for. Become an expert in networking Networking is full of positive outcomes. Go out and meet people. Actively engage in new situations and events that are of interest to...
Your Linkedin Profile: Make the most of it!

Your Linkedin Profile: Make the most of it!

On the job hunt? Consider updating your LinkedIn profile so that you stand out amongst your peers. Even if you are not actively searching for a new role at the moment; having an up-to-date LinkedIn will mean that recruiters will come to you with new opportunities. Here are some tips to help you optimize your profile, for maximum impact: Photo: Get a professional headshot taken of yourself if you can. If not, let an amateur camera friend do the honours. Make sure you avoid images with friends or from a social occasion. Above all, look approachable. Headline: You have 120 characters to help yourself stand out from the crowd. Don’t just describe who you are and what you do. Write a headline that contains a benefit to the viewer. Use keywords others might use when needing your services. Summary: A great summary provides your professional essence to the reader, and if it intrigues them, they will keep reading. Use this section to explain what you’re about and the impact you make on others. Describe yourself; what are you known for? How does your work help other people? Briefly, what do you do? Finish off with a strong ‘closer’ statement. But remember to keep your summary brief. This isn’t the time for your entire work history. Experience and Education: This should be concise and to the point. Only include relevant information that aligns with your career path. Connections: Expand your network by connecting with current and previous work colleagues, fellow alumni and people from your industry. Updating your status: Communicate with your network on a frequent and ongoing basis (if...
Why Hire Temp?

Why Hire Temp?

There are many benefits of employing a contractor or “temp” and more and more companies are taking advantage of this option. The most common industries where you will find these types of workers are Finance, IT and Office Administration. Here are the key benefits of hiring a temporary employee and how Staffworks can assist you with the process. Efficiency If you have an unexpected or unplanned vacancy in your business you can look to get someone in your office tomorrow morning to take control of the open role. Finding someone permanent could take weeks or months which is time consuming, stressful and costly to your business. No risk Hiring a permanent employee comes with risks. Most companies have experienced the repercussions of a bad hire. If you hire a temporary employee, this removes the risk as you have flexibility of finishing a contract early or extending as needed. Cost effective You’re saving the costs involved in advertising, recruiting, hiring, training and providing full time benefits to a permanent employee. If a permanent hire doesn’t work out then you are back to the drawing board and have to pay all over again. Test drive If you take on a temporary worker and they prove to be a capable asset to your company, you can opt to make that person a permanent employee at any stage. This works to your advantage as you can use the temporary option to have a person show that they are capable of performing the role before you commit to making that person a permanent. Contact Staffworks if you are interested in hiring a contract or...
Finding the Perfect Job in Toronto

Finding the Perfect Job in Toronto

If you are looking to find a job in Toronto, Staffworks IS here to help. Our aim is to match exceptional candidates with leading employers in Toronto and the GTA. We are a complete resource for career candidates like you, offering not only the staffing expertise of our team, but also access to many sought-after employers. You will be considered individually by one of our recruitment consultants and respected as an integral part of the collaboration between Staffworks and our clients. Most importantly, we will listen to you and focus on what your goals are to ensure that we are assisting you effectively with your job search. Our goal is to successfully place you in an organization that needs your skills. With over 15 years of experience in the industry see some tips below to help you kick-start your job search: Make a plan Before you start, roughly outline what it is that you want. Make a list with factors such as job location, roles and responsibilities, salary, benefits etc. The more prepared you are the more confident you will feel starting your job search. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Staffworks’ recruitment consultants can help you find a fulfilling career with a leading company that will develop you both personally and professionally. Our consultants are expertly skilled to provide you with career advice and guidance. Tweak your CV Model your CV to fit the job that you are applying for. A one size fits all approach will not work for a number of similar roles. Reflect on how your job responsibilities have changed over time; amend and...