How to Stand Out & Get Your 1st Job Interview?

It’s April, you are graduating in June, where is your first job?

Recently I have been helping more candidates who are leaving colleges in June to get their first jobs.  One of the candidates who is graduating with a finance degree told me his biggest dream growing up in Shanghai is to work on Wall Street.

After I gave him a comprehensive assessment & analysis, I discovered that he does possess the talent & strength needed to be successful on Wallstreet, so we started looking for jobs on Wall Street.  His first choice in companies to work for: JPMorgan.  Of course, what else better represent Wall Street?

Many entry level jobs at JPMorgan does not have too much requirement, most of them only ask for a minimum GPA of 3.5.  Yes, if you are goofing off in college thinking your GPA is not important, this is your wake-up call.

So assuming your GPA is at least 3.5 from an elite college, what then?  What could you put on your resume that would make you standout?

Well, JPMorgan wants to see you have working experience, any working experience.  They don’t have to be related to the financial industry.  Why?

According to an article published on Business Insider recently, JPMorgan’s campus recruiting head Michelle Bucaria is impressed when she sees someone maintaining a 3.5 GPA while working part-time at a dining hall because that shows the ability of multitask.  She also likes to see active involvement in campus clubs and activities.

I agree with Michelle Bucaria that working experience is important, but I think campus involvement and activities are less critical in your job hunting according to my own experience sitting on both sides of the table.  It really depends on everyone’s unique situation, especially for the Introverts.  So take it easy!

So what can you do if you still have a few years to go before graduating from college?

  1. Find part-time jobs as soon as you graduate from high school. Make it a habit to earn your own money even if your parents are wealthy.A service gal I met at Panera Bread told me she has worked part-time at Panera Bread since after her high school and throughout her college study at University of California, Irvine.  Her parents are wealthy but they taught her to be self-reliance since when she was a little girl.
  1. As soon as you get into college, talk to professors and various campus functions & facilities to see if they have any jobs that relate or not relate to what you study or interests. Any job.  Yes, people will give it to you if you really want it. Be persistent.
  1. Starting from your sophomore year, look for internship at big major corporations. They provide well-organized internship programs to actively recruit and groom the best talents for future full-time employees.
  1. Your good grades are more important than all of the above. Do not stretch yourself too thin that you do poorly on your school work.  At the end of this article, it ended with “That, and focus on your schoolwork.  There’s no substitute for good grades!”

One Final Thought:

You are lucky if you are a techie in this era because you can find many part-time jobs that would use your brain instead of your labor.  However, if you are like me, who is not technical but more people-oriented, your willingness to work at any people or service job will lead you to something unexpected.  As a foreign student, I worked as a waitress for a Chinese restaurant while attending University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, met a restaurant patron who happened to be a professor at the University, and offered me a part-time job as his office assistant.  The rest, as they say, is history.

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish” – Steve Jobs

 

Talents Needed To Be Successful On Wall Street

MBTI Personality Type: Most people who are successful in the money managing or investing business are strong Ts (Thinkers).  That means ISTP, ESTP, ISTJ, ESTJ, INTP, ENTP, INTJ, & ENTJ.  Warren Buffett is an ISTJ who likes to make long term investment.

Keirsey’s Temperament: Most successful traders or stock brokers who likes short-term investing have SP Temperament, especially ESTP & ISTP who have a flair for success in this area because of their quick agility & crisis solving ability.  Jordan Belfort, the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie The Wolf of Wall Street is an ESTP.

Highlands Ability Battery: Most people who are competent & interested in money management or investment have low spatial ability with high Classification (crisis solving) & Concept Organization (Logical) abilities.

 

You can read the entire Business Insider article at http://www.businessinsider.com/what-jpmorgan-looks-for-on-resumes-2016-3.

8 replies
  1. Andrew says:

    Howdy! This blog post couldn’t be written any better! Going through this post reminds me of my previous roommate and his complaints about finding a job!
    He continually kept talking about this. I most certainly will send this article to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a very good read. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Amanda says:

    While I do agree that grades are important, I don’t agree that they should be the number one priority. I would put more value on getting real life experience over good grades any day of the week. Your grades can only get you so far, it’s your experience and willing to work hard that makes the difference. There are so many bright minds that have had the biggest grades possible only to end up in ruin or having crappy jobs.

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    • Kay Jacaranda Lee says:

      Yes, Amanda, I totally agree that having real life experience is more important than just getting the good grades. What I was trying to say was: to those who want to get their foot in the door of top companies, a good grade is a bare minimum to get your resume in front of human eyes. Because many companies use Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to screen candidates nowadays, and if you don’t meet their minimum requirement in your on-line application, your resume will be screened out and will never be seen by human eyes. It’s not the best way to find the most qualified candidates, but if they use this kind of software, we’d better prepared. You are right, your grade may get you in the door, but it is the performance on the job that will make you a top talent. Thank you and hope you come back soon 🙂

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  4. Dan says:

    Earning your own money is one of the most important lessons you will ever learn. I was 15 when I did this and it completely changed the way I see life. I started understanding why my parents were coming home late, tired and stressed out. Because I “knew” how they felt, I was much more calm and understanding with them. I started doing a lot more around the house just to help them out. So, this helped me to become a hard worker and to appreciate the value of money because I was working to get them.

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    • Kay Jacaranda Lee says:

      Indeed, making our own money makes us become a grown-up faster! I am glad you share your experience with us and I am sure many will find your thoughts helpful. Hope you come back soon 🙂

      Reply

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