How to Sell Yourself When Looking for a Job in the Financial Sector

Finance Jobs: How to Sell Yourself

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Finding a finance job after graduating or when changing careers is difficult. There’s a lot of competition since finance careers pay well and are very secure. In order to get a job in finance, you need to know what to do and what not to do to sell yourself to potential employers.

[Note: these tips apply to ALL job searches,
so even if you're not in finance, read on.]

What To Do: Focus on Your Three Best Aspects

It’s easy to try to mention every great quality you have that makes you perfect for the job when in an interview. This is distracting for the interviewer.

Instead, choose the three best things about yourself that relate to the job you are interviewing for. This number is recommended because neuroscientists discovered people process and retain information better when it is delivered in groups of three.

The three things the employer needs to know about your skills and experience can be expanded upon during the interview, so you will have plenty of things to brag about.

What Not To Do: Be Unable to Give a Short Description of Yourself

Pretend you’re on Twitter and you need to sell yourself to an employer in 140 characters or less. If the employer likes your tweet, you get the job.

Craft a short statement that incorporates everything about who you are and what you can bring to a job in finance. This is an inviting pitch that grabs attention.

What To Do: Be the Solution to a Problem

The reason you are being considered for a job is because the title will solve a problem the company has. Identify problems that are hinted at in the help wanted ad before going to your job interview.

Come up with examples of how you would solve these problems
and what abilities make you uniquely able to solve them.

What Not To Do: Settle for a Job That Pays the Bills

Many people settle for a job because it pays the bills, even if they see a lot of things they will not like about it. There are many jobs in the finance sector. Find the one that you will enjoy the most.

No matter how tough the competition is, go for it! Since most of your life will be at this job, you need to love doing it. You can explore career opportunities at FI in order to find that dream job you deserve.

What To Do: Learn About Your Interview Audience

Tailor your interview answers so they apply to specifics about the company. This shows that you are invested in the company and you want to work there specifically instead of seeming as if you are mass-applying to any business with your job title.

Feel the room when you begin your interview as well. If the interviewer seems rushed, keep your answers brief and to the point. If the interviewer seems interested, expand on your answers.

What Not To Do: Ignore Nonverbal Communication

Everyone has a nonverbal language they speak, even if they do not realize they are speaking it. Be aware of what your body does in interviews, especially if you feel nervous. Your posture and facial expression will say something different from your words.

Sit up tall and pull your shoulders back to project confidence. Relax your face, nod along, and keep up eye contact when the interviewer is speaking, and make sure to smile.

Leaning forward makes you seem closed off and using a lot of hand gestures makes you seem nervous and on edge. Make your handshake the perfect amount of strength without being too weak or too aggressive.

What To Do: Network in Person

Social media has made it easier than ever to network for business. However, face to face conversation is still more powerful. Begin conversations with people in the industry and volunteer at these corporations. Just focus on making connections, but also remember your Twitter pitch in conversation.

Being able to sell yourself to potential employers is the best way to increase your chance of getting hired. Make sure you know the company you are interviewing for, practice your techniques, and be able to sum up your talents in one short pitch.

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Gail Gardner

Small Business Marketing Strategist at GrowMap
Creator and owner of GrowMap.com, Gail is primarily known for mentoring small businesses and encouraging bloggers to join collaborations to share skills and support small business.

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  1. finance sector one of the best career option..
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  2. Financial career is something really great. Finance sector people are the best to be precise, they do know how the handle every sort of deal when it comes to money.
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  3. Yeah..these are the sure shot ways to sell yourself in a high price in the emerging financial sector..Very nicely written post indeed…loved it…I am in this sector only…the pressure is quite high but companies pay well to sustain that extra bit of pressure with grace..
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  4. Helpful ideas. It is necessary to make sure about the do’s and dont’s when approaching interviews. It is easier to fall prey to interviewer’s tricks if not prepared well..

  5. Anchit Shethia
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    Financial sectors like Banking is one things where your salaries will never be affected even during recession. Getting a job in Banks is a precious things and you need to be best at your presentation while opting for them. They are one of the tougest sectors.
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  6. i really like the article and all tips you have mentionned but my problem that i don’t have any experience and also i’m not confident i always miss up the interview but after reading this i will try to follow all your word
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  7. Gail, Thanks for a very useful article. I’m glad you said right upfront that these tips would help people looking for a job in ANY field, not just finance. That kept me reading. Also, I love the tweet tip!

  8. awesome sharing…i really like it.And job seekers also really gonna like it…thanks a ton for this…

  9. emmajohnson
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    says:

    Getting a job in the financial sector is a great opportunity. And to give an effective interview for finance jobs is a tricky stuff. This article is quite helpful for me, in order to get ready myself for a good finance job. Thanks for providing knowledgeable post. :)
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  10. Hi Gail Gardner,
    I am also a jobless buddy but after reading your post i think i am not jobless or i was jobless, i will get jot soon.
    thanks for sharing such a beautiful plus helpful article :)

  11. Business and Finance both fields need good experience and expertise. It is expected that after completing your training you may get better job opportunities in these fields. So according to my personal point of view should choose a training program or internship right after completing your studies.
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  12. Great article and one weaving dreams in Finance career must first know how to sell himself if he wanna do anything.
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  13. Judy Carol
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    Great article, many fresh grad could actually use this list to improve not just their way on how to impress their interviewer but also on how to gain more knowledge to hide their uneasy feeling and be able to overcome their fear . Being true to yourself and to every word you speak is always important to someone who interviews you.

  14. Your reference to selling yourself in 140 characters is a great way to look at it. Everytime I have had an interview and the manager or owner would ask the go to questions, “describe yourself for me” I would jumble up some cliche interview terms “I’m a hard worker…great work ethic…always on time” and it is so generic. Doing a short version and viewing it like a tweet is genius!
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  15. Joe from talkcarinsurance says:

    Confidence is the key when you are applying for a job. First you must convince yourself that you can get the job and you are good enough. This doesn\’t mean that you can be arrogant about it. But you can let people around you know that you have what it takes by the way you sit, shake hand, talk or answer questions.

  16. By reading this post, I have learned very much. Thanks for sharing this type of post. This helps me a lot that how to find a job and how to present yourself before the authority. Thank you very much. :)

  17. Hello,

    In simple the people are interested in financial stuff and also accounting can go for finance career. I think I not at all interested in it.

  18. The post is a wonderfully written piece of article. lots of info for the nitty gritties of finance sector !! Keep up the good work !! This blog is really one helluva info bank!!

  19. Good but its a the not easy its also a hard thing to do a give a Interview to your employ as a
    Accountant or Auditors. but nice topic also very helpful….Thanks for share

  20. Thanks for the info. I am a student and seeking for a job in the finance sector. This is really useful.

  21. Hello,

    Wow that’s juicy post you have shared for interview which is really cool enough. I completely agree with your words, you should be very confident & strong enough while facing any interview.

  22. Touch A Deal says:

    Your posture and facial expression will say something different from your words. Just focus on making connections, but also remember your Twitter pitch in conversation. Being able to sell yourself to potential employers is the best way to increase your chance of getting hired. Thanks

  23. In interview the first thing every one looks for is domain knowledge. If you have in depth knowledge about your profession then you are best siutable. The other one is your communication skills. If those are good you are most probably got selected for accounts job.
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  24. This is the most hard working thing to do a give a Interview to your employ as a Accountant or Auditors. All tips that you mentioned here are very informative thanks you very much for sharing it with your readers.

  25. The style and the way to speak are the factors for a good job interview and carrer. Body langage is also important. Great post
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  26. The style and the way to speak are the factors for a good job interview. Body langage is also important. Great post
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  27. Hello,

    Well learning interview audience is really important to face the interview. This will make sure to learn more about the companies we gonna join.

    The post is really helpful.

  28. Gail Gardener, You have amazingly written this article that is telling about selling yourself for a job in finance sector. I always like your writing skills, which are really motivating, so keep it up.
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  29. Well I was also thinking to get into finance sector and this post is really useful to know more about it.

    Thanks

  30. This article is dam useful for all the students who are seeking job in finance sector. It is absolutely true, that while going in an interview a person should be confident and should have the knowledge in the field….

  31. Finance sector is very high competition sector , You have required the fully professionally knowledge .

  32. Finance sector is one of the toughest sector. Getting a job in as a finance professional is more tough task. This post is help to those finance students as well as finance professional to make their space easily in to market. ..

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