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What Your Boss Wishes You Knew

On 06/20/2013, in Career, Finding a Job, Professionalism, by Jordan Wilson

Make your boss happy and your chances for promotions, pay raises, and bonuses improve.

Make your boss unhappy and your career will be “nasty, brutish, and short.” To steal from that eternal optimist, Thomas Hobbes.

Today, some quick tips on how to make your boss happy. 

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Non-Financial Skills Required In Finance

On 02/22/2013, in Career, by Jordan Wilson

A career in finance requires strong financial technical skills and experience.

A truly successful career in finance requires strong complementary non-financial skills.

While this post focuses on finance, the need to develop complementary expertise applies in almost any industry or job. As you advance in any job, the technical component lessens and the soft skills become more important.

If you want long-term career success, strengthen your non-technical skills.

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Professional Finance Designations

On 02/01/2013, in Career, Education, by Jordan Wilson

This week I discussed with university students various professional financial designations. As well, potential career paths that the different finance related certifications may offer.

There are a multitude of available financial designations. Three common ones include: Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and even Chartered Accountant (CA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Today, I want to quickly link to a few posts I have previously written on this topic.

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Career Fairs and Networking

On 01/31/2013, in Career, by Jordan Wilson

This week, I represented the provincial CFA Society at the local University’s Business School Career Fair and Networking Event.

I was most pleasantly surprised by the high quality of students I met. Of course, after dealing with my nephew – a recent graduate of said school – over the years, the hurdle bar was awfully low.

Just wanted to pass on a few thoughts.

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How to Land a Finance Job

On 10/01/2012, in Career, by Jordan Wilson

Want a career in finance?

Many do, and the competition level can be high for entry level finance positions.

So how can you increase the odds of finding a finance job? Especially if you only possess a bachelor’s degree in business.

Well, glad you asked. 

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CFA Relevant Work Experience

On 09/18/2012, in Career, by Jordan Wilson

Earning a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation requires two components. You must successfully complete the academic side by passing three levels of exams.

You also need to accrue 48 months of approved work experience.

Today a few comments on what constitutes CFA relevant work experience.

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Too many people wait until the last minute (or when it is too late) to try and improve their career prospects. If you want a prosperous future, you had better get busy today.

Young adults should start developing necessary lifelong skills and experiences before they enter the workforce. That means taking courses, developing direct and indirect skills and experiences, and beginning to build networks.

If you want to succeed in the future, you need to plan now. Then strengthen your resume over a 3-5 year period to make yourself an attractive job candidate. 

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Things Never to Say to Your Boss

On 03/31/2012, in Career, by Jordan Wilson

There are a variety of things that you should never say to your boss.

Some should be (hopefully) obvious to readers. “You sure are one fat, smelly, idiot.” “Does the company provide free needles?” “Would you and your spouse be up for a three-some?”

But there are more subtle comments that also can hurt your career. Comments that most bosses hear everyday in the office.

Avoid these statements and you will improve the probability of career success. 

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Every day, I read news articles that make me laugh, cry, and reach for the tequila bottle. Usually at the same time. Pretty much the same as dealing with my nephew.

Today’s story that had me shaking my head (and googling “fall out shelters” because I fear a coming apocalypse) comes courtesy of the United Kingdom.

Do companies that only interview and hire the best students discriminate against graduates with lower marks? “Yes, yes, yes,” my nephew is screaming. 

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CFA Exam Pass Rates

On 03/07/2012, in Career, Formal Education, by Jordan Wilson

The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation is beneficial in many career paths. Not just for those interested in becoming financial analysts.

There are many other positions that benefit from a CFA charterholder.

Attaining the CFA designation is not a simple exercise. But this explains, in part, why the CFA designation is highly regarded around the world.

The current exam results reflect the challenge of achieving a CFA charter. 

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