Julia VanDeren, manager, career services at CFA Institute, serves as the subject matter expert in career management skills, curating and developing career resources for members and program candidates. Previously, she served CFA Institute as career services representative, managing the CFA Institute JobLine (now Career Center) and Career Centre (now Career Tools) resources. VanDeren holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MPA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
With expectations for average working years extending from 30 to 50 and beyond, we have to be comfortable with sweeping career changes. This is not just due to evolving external factors, but also because our interests, values, and search for meaning will evolve over the span of our working lives. These were among the key takeaways Tracey Wilen emphasized during a Career Conversations interview with Julia VanDeren.
Presenting is an essential responsibility for many finance professionals. To gauge just how essential, we asked CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief readers how often they have to give them. We also offer some critical advice from presentation expert Dave Underhill.
If you don't take the time to think strategically about your cover letter and make sure it is well written, you are missing an important opportunity, says Julia VanDeren.
Two of the most common problems with LinkedIn profiles are that they are either skeletal or generic. Julia VanDeren shares some advice from Ross Macpherson, president of the executive resume writing and career marketing company Career Quest, on how to invigorate your LinkedIn presence.
Informational interviews are powerful career management tools. They typically take the form of short meetings with accomplished professionals who examine your career and share their insight and experience. They often address such questions as whether you should switch industries, move to a different firm, take an international assignment, or become an entrepreneur.
If you only visit online job boards when you are actively searching for a job or after a bad week at work — those times when you think to yourself, "There has to be something better than this" — then you might miss out on much of the value they can provide your career management efforts.
For today's finance professional, job searches will be more successful the more specific they are. If you conduct your search with nebulous ideas about your job targets, you risk marketing yourself in too general a way. Giving real thought to how you identify your target roles will improve your whole job search.
Some familiar leadership competencies include decisiveness, confidence, flexibility, intelligence, perseverance, and respect. But executive coach and author Julie Jansen notes a few others that deserve closer examination.
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