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ECB May More than Double its Staff

The European Central Bank (ECB) will have a dramatically different job description when it assumes its role as the supervisor of the Eurozone’s banking union in early 2014. It’ll also have a dramatically larger payroll.

A report commissioned by ECB President Mario Draghi recommends the central bank hire roughly 2,000 new employees to handle the new workload, more than doubling its current 1,600-person staff, according to the Financial Times.

The fact that the ECB will add staffers isn’t surprising, as the Frankfurt, Germany-based bank will soon oversee 6,000 European banks, with direct supervision over 200 of the area’s largest lenders. But the 2,000-employee estimate is a bit shocking, and a big win for regulatory and compliance professionals across Europe.

Before contracting the report, ECB execs had estimated that they would need to bring on only around 500 new staffers. Even if the central bank doesn’t add the full 2,000 jobs, it will likely need to bring on more talent than the initial estimate called for following the issuance of the report, which hasn’t been made public.

While the ECB has yet to comment on when it will begin adding talent, expect the process to begin sooner rather than later. Pundits and bank officials alike have been quick to point out that the ECB is currently rather ill-prepared to manage Europe’s new banking union.

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List of the Day: Resume Tips

Penning a good resume is often as much about avoiding mistakes as it is showcasing your skills. Here are some tips for keeping your CV out of the trash.

  1. Highlight accomplishments over responsibilities.
  2. Use language included in the job posting.
  3. Be selective about what you include.

(Source: AOL Jobs)

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