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Career Success in the New Work Environment for Investment Professionals

July 17th, 2016|Categories: WORD OF WISDOM|

I had an interesting read about Career Success in the New Work Environment , available at the CFA Institute website, which focuses a lot on self awareness, awareness of the environment and career planning and navigation. The e-book also offers interviews with successful finance executives to understand their career decision making processes, as well as detailed scenarios of how different finance professionals carve out their careers amid achievements and disappointments in both their career and lives. Apparently, work-life balance is [...]

How to profile yourself on LinkedIn and get hired

May 1st, 2016|Categories: WORD OF WISDOM|

"Resume: a Written Exaggeration of only the good things a person has done in the past; as well as a wish list of the qualities a person would like to have." - Bo Bennett And what about your CV that everyone can now read? On LinkedIn, what do you want employers and your peers to know about you? Advanced Writing Strategies for Your linkedin Profile (video: 50 min) Link to presentation slide. Resume to replace CV? Recorded in [...]

Career Management Tip: So much more than job searching

April 19th, 2016|Categories: WORD OF WISDOM|

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things work out." Art Linkletter Recently, I came across this short article, which advises that career management is not just about the job search that you do from time to time. It is a conscious effort that takes place all the time. You should be mindful and intentional about all aspects of your career, from delivering your best performance for your current clients and employer [...]

Handy tools: Unofficial guide to banking

March 5th, 2016|Categories: WORD OF WISDOM|

Saw these two free books online, which are useful for our students (url attached): Unoffical Guide To Banking: introduce various functions in the banking industry Jargon Buster: I would expect you to know at least 80-90% of all these terms if you already passed CFA Level 1 exam. Enjoy!

Banking and Finance Hiring Trend in Singapore

January 28th, 2016|Categories: Industry Colors|

Our friend Loretta Chan has posted an interesting article in linkedin. Review and Forecast: The Corporate and Institutional Banking hiring trend in Singapore Increasingly, the spotlight is moving towards the so-called emerging second-tier banks, where, as compared with the bulge bracket banks, are relatively more proactive in hiring. Over the past few years, we at SpringboardTM observed similar things that hiring in regional banks for investment analyst role requires candidate to be versatile and can think out of box.  [...]

TED: Silverspoon or Scrapper?

January 17th, 2016|Categories: WORD OF WISDOM|

Here's an motivating sharing from Regina Hartley, HR director at UPS on whether the company should hire Silverspoon or Scrapper? Best quote: Take this resume. This guy's parents give him up for adoption. He never finishes college. He job-hops quite a bit, goes on a sojourn to India for a year, and to top it off, he has dyslexia. Would you hire this guy? His name is Steve Jobs. Our Springboard's advanced program is designed to create challenges [...]

CFA magazine: Recruiter insights and Personal branding

January 16th, 2016|Categories: WORD OF WISDOM|

Wish to share two interesting article from CFA Institute magazine Nov/Dec 2015 issue. #1 Insights from a Recruiter by Julia VanDeren Talks about when to start getting targeted by recruiters, importance of including recruiters in  your network, time to hire vs. time to get hired and new trend of skill sets demanded. #2 A Uniquely Valuable Addition by Nathan Jaye He talks about various aspects of personal branding: Why personal brand is important? Begin a branding or reinvention Others [...]

Twelfth Annual Alternative Investment Survey by DB: Bullish on investment industry

March 16th, 2014|Categories: WORD OF WISDOM|

Hi all, Deutsche Bank recent released its Twelfth Annual Alternative Investment Survey:  Alternative Investment Survey Investors remain bullish on industry growth – hedge funds are expected to reach a record breaking $3 trillion by year end 2014, up from $2.6tn as of 2013 year end.  This is based on investors’ predictions of $171 billion net inflows and performance-related gains of 7.3% (representing $191 billion) Commitment from institutional investors continues to strengthen – nearly half of institutional investors increased their hedge fund [...]

Shades of Great; 5 Bad Habits of Highly Counterproductive Managers (From CFA magazines)

December 15th, 2013|Categories: WORD OF WISDOM|

Hi all, two career-related articles from CFA magazines that I thought worth sharing around: (1) Shade of Great- relevant for job seekers to tell if your personal values are aligned with the organisation you are interviewing for.  These points catch my eye: Ask questions about past employees.  It's a bad sign if the company offers nothing but negative comments. Ask about employee turnover. You probably won't get an honest answer. But read the body language of the interviewer.  Some [...]

Why networking with Credibility and Proper Mindset is Important in finance industry

January 20th, 2009|Categories: WORD OF WISDOM|

Dear all, Happy new year to all! Before I start today's topic, I wish to address a question that some recipients of my email have asked me: am I doing MLM or sales given my proactive approach in networking?  Before I answer that, let me give a simple analogy to illustrate.  We know that men wear pants (not skirts)-call this Statement A.  Does this imply Statement B: people who wear pants are ALL men?  Of course not, becoz ladies [...]