Focus on Your Objective
When staring at the blank page that will be your current resumé, there are two things to consider: what kind of work am I looking for, and who will likely be reading my resumé. In the field of financial advisors, as with many other areas of work, there are more applicants than positions available.
Because of this, finance industry recruiters can only give resumés a few moments before having to move on. Loading the first few lines with the most pertinent information that relates to the position you’re applying for and an indication that you are adequately qualified is the only way to reasonably expect anyone to read more of what had been submitted to them.
In today’s job marketplace, the usage of keywords and optimization of syntax is essential to apply and recognize in writing. When crafting your resumé, keep in mind the brevity with which it will be read, and the key words one must look for to indicate that a candidate may be the one they have searched after.
If you’ve lasted more than a few moments of reading, then chances are you’ve done enough correct to have the reader interested in your resumé to want to digest the more pertinent information with a greater deal of concentration. This is where your education, experience, background, references and skills come into play.
List a hierarchy from most accomplished to least. This will differ from applicant to applicant as some have more real-world experience while others are still fresh from an educational setting. Disseminate your own personal information accordingly.
Resumés are the professional equivalent of a narrative about yourself as an employee in some capacity. The information and the way it is presented paints a picture of the life you’ve lived professionally and it projects an image of the type of employee you might be if hired on by the firm or company you are seeking to be employed with.
Because of this, the way the information flows on the page can either aid or block the information you intended to be on the page to the person reading it.
Almost as important as the content that is being submitted is how it is presented. Giving your information adequate spacing is a good place to start. As you organize your experience, education, and other acquired skills, applying spaces and the margins and perhaps separating each item slightly beyond the standard 1″ margins can make the reading a bit easier on the finance industry recruiter. This will be good practice for anyone who intends to be a financial advisor as extensive written communication will be expected of them.