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.


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