Applying for a role in financial services

If you think that a career in financial services might be for you, you’ll need to be at the top of your game to secure a job, as it’s a broad and competitive industry. Here, we have put together a few top tips that will help you to secure your ideal job offer.

Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter

Top Tip Number 1:

Take the time to create the best version of your CV! It’s your first introduction to the company. No matter what job you're applying for, having a well-written CV that accurately reflects your achievements will go a long way to help you land an interview. But what does a good CV look like? First of all, you must avoid the “one-size-fits-all” approach to job applications. Your CV should be adapted for the job at hand, so make sure that you understand the position you are applying for and then tailor your CV to reflect the relevant skills, so that you present yourself as the best candidate for the role. I’d recommend that you limit it to two pages, to keep it concise and well-structured while providing enough information. Before you send it off, proofread the document and check for any spelling mistakes or other typos!

Top Tip Number 2:

A Cover Letter is absolutely essential, even if there’s not a specific requirement for it, because it’s your opportunity to expand on your CV and demonstrate your interest in working for the company. Your main goal when drafting your letter is to show that, with your skillset, you can contribute and add value to the business. Avoid making vague statements and focus on backing up your points with examples from your CV. Also, you should do lots of research about the company and clearly express your strong desire to be part of their team. Make sure that you highlight your alignment with their culture and values as this will help set you apart from other candidates.

Are you lucky enough to secure a job interview? Congratulations! All you have to do now is to get the interview process right. To do so, you should remember that the initial and most valuable step happens before the actual day, this being PREPARATION. Make sure you prepare, prepare and prepare again. It will help you to differentiate yourself from your competitors. Understanding the role and company you are applying for is the best form of preparation. Research the company in as much detail as you can through their website, company brochures, press and any other sources available. Be ready to prove that you understand their values and you can embody their culture.

On the day of the interview, being prepared will enable you to stay calm and confident during the process, which in turn will generate a productive conversation for both sides. Don’t forget to bring your positive attitude along with you, as it will boost your chances of impressing your interviewers and persuade them that you are the best fit for the role they’re looking to fill.

Stay tuned for more helpful tips on interview preparation!

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