How many applications must you make before you get a job?

How many applications must you make before you get a job?

Last week Channel 4 News reported on the case of a visually impaired man who finally found a job after making 2,000 applications.  Stephen Stubbs had reportedly considered…

GUEST COMMENT: How to sidestep the sensation that you’re washed up at 45+

GUEST COMMENT: How to sidestep the sensation that you’re washed up at 45+

Financial services is often seen as a young person’s game. The cliché goes that banks suck in thousands of university graduates each year and spit out wealthy retirees…

Goldman Sachs’ interviewer stumps both himself and his intellectually insecure interviewee with a question on the cohomology of knots

Goldman Sachs’ interviewer stumps both himself and his intellectually insecure interviewee with a question on the cohomology of knots

Despite the fact that Google has statistical proof that the marginal return from additional interviews diminishes to almost nothing after four (interviews), Goldman Sachs remains notorious for the…

These questions will help determine whether you’d ever be good enough to work at Google

These questions will help determine whether you’d ever be good enough to work at Google

“We live in an age of desperation. Never in living memory has the competition for job openings been more intense. Never have job interviews been tougher.” So says…

GUEST COMMENT: The dark art of having a mentor

GUEST COMMENT: The dark art of having a mentor

If you want to scale the pole in investment banking, it helps to have a mentor – especially if you are not an Oxbridge-educated white male-type. Mentors are…

GUEST COMMENT: Accepting financial services redundancy with grace

GUEST COMMENT: Accepting financial services redundancy with grace

Having talked to many refugees from failing firms, I know that promises will have been broken, the wrong person let go, and the cost of your departure may…

Here’s how you must help your headhunter find you a new job

Here’s how you must help your headhunter find you a new job

If you’re in need of a new job and your needs are not being met, it may have something to do with the state of the job market.…

GUEST COMMENT: My strategy for achieving a more than 70% pass rate in all subject areas of CFA Level 1

GUEST COMMENT: My strategy for achieving a more than 70% pass rate in all subject areas of CFA Level 1

In May 2008, I began preparing for the CFA Exam Level 1. In September 2010, I achieved the full CFA Charter – in a mere 18 months. I…

GUEST COMMENT: A simple trick that will suggest you are busy and reduce the risk of job loss

GUEST COMMENT: A simple trick that will suggest you are busy and reduce the risk of job loss

“What are you DOING? Listen, read research on your way to work in the mornings or heading home in the evenings.  Or on the weekend!  I don’t want…

ELI LEDERMAN: It’s not sufficient simply to be a perfect robot if you want to make money in finance now

ELI LEDERMAN: It’s not sufficient simply to be a perfect robot if you want to make money in finance now

Back in the big banks’ glory years, clever professionals progressed up the ranks almost mechanically, like perfect robots programmed to achieve their appointed tasks. In that environment -…

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