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Just what is, “relevant experience”?

I’ve worked for about three years in banking as an analyst and salesperson. I had to take some time out for health reasons. Now I’m looking for work.

The process has been frustrating. I’ve applied for various roles which I’m confident I could do, but no one bothers to ask me why because they are only considering those with the so-called ‘relevant experience.’

What about people who are switching sectors? What about people whose university education isn’t directly relevant to the job but who are more than capable of performing it expertly?

I was recently told by a director of a headhunter firm that a particular position required (you guessed it) four years’ relevant experience. But did he consider my candidacy carefully enough?

I am someone who has lots of life experiences. My background means I am a confident person. I don’t mind telling others what they have done wrong.

The parental advantage

My father who was a former high-profile CEO. My brother is a buy-side analyst equals. I am a candidate with relevant experience as a person, even if I lack work experience on paper. How so? Well…

· I know about marketing because it is linked to products I’ve sold at my previous firms. I know which presentations and marketing materials work because I know which sort of campaigns enhanced sales.

· I know about client service; it’s a crucial skill for salespeople too.

· I know a bit of PR and IR from listening to my dad at roadshows and seeing how he handled crisis management.

· I know the importance of good research; I’ve read many bad research reports.

· I know about business strategy and competitor analysis; this is all my dad talks about when I try to have a decent lunch or dinner with him.

And what don’t I know? Well sadly it’s the administrative stuff that most entry-level candidates are supposed to be doing. When you’re slow on the scanner, when you forget to ask who called, or when you take a bad message, your boss thinks you are stupid and spoiled.

My job search continues, wish me well…

Comments (15)

  1. I’m afraid that to wish you well would be to suggest you are a normal functional human being. For this reason, I find myself unable to do so.

  2. Why not get your Dad to give you a job?

  3. ask your dad for a job

  4. No, no, Stinker, he has a point: banks are notorious for pigeon-holing people. Then, of course, they change the shape of the pigeon-hole, kick out the incumbents and feast on fresh flesh in the shape of young, cheaper wannabees.

  5. So, let us clarify: you have a rich daddy and a brother who’s a fund manager and you feel this entitles you to a job. Maybe you should go and live in a corrupt country where rampant nepotism and promotion of inbred halfwits is still seen as normal. We’re trying to move on from that here.

    Stinker’s friend Reply
  6. Is this article a joke? For the author’s sake I hope so.

  7. @Stinker’s friend — the author of the article said nothing about expecting a job from a family member. He was merely suggesting that his background from early beginnings was in the finance sector.

    @Stinker — I’m not sure whether those comments are helpful, but many people in the market do feel discouraged by how difficult it is to gain the experience required for an IB position. Given that many people feel that way, I don’t see anything abnormal about the person writing the article above.

  8. Complete jester, seriously what is this guy on?
    Do you have direct, relevant experience?
    Absolutely not.
    Go jump in a lake until you do. THE END.
    It was ever thus.

  9. mine is the opposite …i look good on on paper but in person i don’t come up to scratch…..woe is life!

  10. my parents were police officers, maybe i should infrorm the local constabualry that i am entitled to a job because i heard them talking about work once in a while.

  11. Time out for health reasons……i’m afraid this does not look good to a prospective employer.

  12. There is a big difference between knowing something and actually being able to do it, and do it well. With the opportunities you must have had growing up, financially and otherwise with your father being a CEO you should have got further than moaning on a jobs website my friend. ‘health reasons’ = rehab by any chance? Tool.

  13. My father is not a high profile CEO. I have worked really hard to enter a top business school and then worked even harder to step in investment banking since I dont have this “parental advantage”.

    I have now been working for several years in both ER and M&A and despite the fact you probably had interesting discussion during family dinner (btw I also have interesting discussion with my dad who doesnt give a **** about financing world), you lack of experience and seem really self confident.

    Reading bad research reports doesnt mean you are able to deliver superior ones

  14. At last, soenmoe comes up with the “right” answer!

  15. Glad I’ve finally found soemhitng I agree with!

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