How To Find Jobs With A Finance Major

The strategy for finding your first job after completing your finance major is similar to that of finding your first job regardless of your chosen field. Therefore, these job search strategies can apply to almost anyone looking for that all important first job out of college and in the “real world.”

  1. Begin your preparation for the work force while you are earning your degree. This almost sounds redundant, given that you are getting the degree to prepare you for entering the work force, but there are things you can do to stand out from the crowd of applicants that go beyond general finance degree requirements. Join associations at your college or university that have to do with business and/or finance. Take the toughest, most challenging courses available to you. Try to find summer work related to where you might want to work once you have your degree. An internship, in the summer months or during the school year, can provide invaluable business experience, possible academic credit, and it may lead to a job offer once the internship ends.
  2. NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK! Tell everyone you know that you are looking for a job and the type of job you are looking for. You may not know anyone employed in your field of choice, but someone you know just might. As the saying goes, it is not always what you know, but who you know. While nothing can quite take the place of in-person contact, professional networking sites such as LinkedIn can also be very helpful in establishing connections. Through LinkedIn, you may learn that a friend of a friend has a job with your dream employer.
  3. Take advantage of your university's career services center; the staff can be very helpful when it comes to putting together a resume, knowing what to do (and what not to do) during that very stressful job interview, and they may have ideas you may not have thought of about getting that first job.
  4. If you know someone who works for a company you think you might like to work for, or who has a type of job you think would be a good match for you, get information about how he or she likes the job and working for the company. Ask for a brief (certainly no more than 30 minutes) informational interview with you. Buy the person a cup of coffee, come prepared with good questions, and be prepared to listen. The job may be right for you, but no job is perfect and it will only help you if you have a better idea of what you are getting into before you start. You may not be able to try out the job before officially getting hired, but if you play your cards right, an informational interview can be the next best thing.

Last Updated: 06/08/2014

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