Most finance professionals have a job goal in mind. You want to make it to a specific level within an organization or hold a certain job title.

Landing your ideal job in the finance industry can be challenging. You are competing with many like-minded candidates, and taking the next step in your career can take a lot of time and effort.

Selling yourself as the best candidate in any job interview is the objective. But there is a common disconnect between what employers are looking for and a candidate’s ability to show who they are as a person. This is causing many talented people to miss out on career opportunities.  Candidates often fail to effectively communicate how they are the best choice for the job opening.

Here are some tips to improve your chances of being recruited for your ideal job in finance:

1. Think Like the Employer

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It’s natural for candidates to focus on themselves when preparing for a job interview. You want to communicate your skills, your experience, and why you are great for the job. But it’s also important to think about the job from the employer’s perspective.

Consider what they want and what they are looking for. Taking this perspective can help you adjust your approach, your resume, and how you prepare for your interview.

2. Be Selective About What You Put on Your Resume

Your resume should be clearly focused on the job you want. Be selective about what you put on your resume. It needs to not only highlight who you are as a candidate but also be relevant to the role you want with that specific company. If the information on your resume is not directly related to the job, consider removing it to make your resume more focused.

3. Employers Like to See Trajectory

Determining your career goal as early on as possible is important. It’s also difficult for most people. Employers want to be able to see a career progression – a clear track of employment. Too much job hopping and not having a linear path can cause doubt in the employer’s mind.

Try to shape your career track based on your overall career goal. Remove irrelevant jobs and experience from your resume to paint a clear picture of your past experience and where you want to go in the future.


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IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm supporting clients across the country. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Executive Search / Board & C-Suite, Technology, Media, Digital & Marketing, Accounting & Finance, Financial Services & Insurance, Cannabis, Startup, Data Science, Consumer, eCommerce & Retail, Operations & HR, Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Engineering, Legal & Professional Services, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, Non-Profit & Sustainability, and Sales. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.


Ross Campbell Toronto Recruiter

Ross Campbell

Ross Campbell is a Partner and Practice Lead, Financial Services & Insurance with IQ PARTNERS. Celebrating over 10 years of management consulting experience in executive search, recruitment, and training in Canadian financial services and insurance companies, Ross thrives on the belief that business can be done significantly better by investing in the right people.

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