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Creating a Master Resume

On 01/26/2013, in Cover Letters & Resumes, by Jordan Wilson

I plan to spend the next few posts discussing how to create a strong resume or curriculum vitae.

I tend to use resume and curriculum vitae (CV) interchangeably, so please indulge me.

There are many ways to create a great resume, but I want to offer my advice on my recommended method. Over time, it will strengthen your CV and marketability.

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In “Know of What You Speak”, we saw how you can improve your career success by understanding your business environment and properly using the terminology.

The more you know, the better your chance of success.

But the converse is also true.

For many – especially younger workers – this is a bigger problem. Here is why. 

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Sounding like you are smart, does not mean that you are.

I think this is an underrated problem for many people.

Something that came to mind, yet again, while reading a Seth Godin post

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Goal Achievement – CFA Exams

On 01/06/2012, in Career, Informal Education, by Jordan Wilson

In the post, New Year Resolutions?, we looked at how to find free time in life.

Free time to achieve a resolution, perhaps related to a career or personal objective.

Then making the most of that free time by developing a structured game plan for success and focussing on attaining the goal.

Today we will use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams as an example. 

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New Year Resolutions?

On 01/03/2012, in Informal Education, by Jordan Wilson

I am not a big fan of new year resolutions. But many people are.

If you need the start of a new year to generate enough motivation to do something, you probably are not that serious about doing it.

That said, each new year I am reminded of something I heard about 20 years ago.

Good advice then and still is today. 

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The Polyglot Project

On 11/23/2011, in Informal Education, by Jordan Wilson

Polyglot?

What is a polyglot?

Someone who is able to use multiple languages.

I read an interesting article this evening on the subject. As I am a strong advocate of learning foreign languages, I thought I would share it with you.

As an added bonus, the article includes an excellent offer for readers. 

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Get a Head Start on Your Career

On 07/07/2011, in Career, Finding a Job, by Jordan Wilson

Courtesy of Investopedia, a good article entitled “4 Ways To Get A Head Start On Your Financial Career”.

While the article is finance specific, the general lessons apply to most career paths.

As the article states, in today’s job market, it is important to appear a more attractive employment candidate than your many competitors.

Here are a few thoughts from my side. 

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Advice for Your Summer Job

On 04/29/2011, in Career, Professionalism, by Jordan Wilson

For many readers still in school, it is almost time to start summer employment.

Some will focus on earning money to pay for next year’s tuition, rent, and other expenses.

Some will take less, or no money, and work or intern with companies in your intended field.

For those of you working to gain some experience and insight into your planned career path, a few thoughts on optimizing your summer. 

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How to Optimize Your Education

On 03/26/2011, in Formal Education, by Jordan Wilson

I was asked by a reader for recommendations on universities that specialize in “wealth management” or “investment banking” studies.

It is difficult to give specific recommendations as there are so many variables that go into the right choice for each different individual. Cost, courses offered, area of specialization, distance from home, friends, location, commute, extracurricular activities, etc. All these play a part in determining the best option for a student.

And, as she is based in Singapore, my direct knowledge of universities in the region is limited. If any readers have advice, please leave a comment.

However, I can provide a few general comments on where and what to study.

How to optimize your education and increase the probability of a successful career.

My examples are finance related, but the principles relate to any field of study. 

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Choosing a Language School Abroad

On 08/06/2010, in Informal Education, by Jordan Wilson

If you have the time and money, studying a foreign language in a native speaking country is an excellent way to learn.

I believe it is the best method to pick up a second language. Additionally, it will be a tremendous experience that you will remember forever.

In trying to locate a language school to attend, there are many, many options.

To find a good school, here is how I narrow the field.

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