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Jul 28, 2005 8:41 pm

I've recently been attempting to start my career as an FA. I sent 4 resumes out and I've been contacted by each company I emailed.  Due to my lack of experience and education in this field I have my doubts as to how selective they are. Basically, I'm beginning to suspect that they'll hire anyone. Please confirm or deny this observation with your past experiences. Thank you.

Jul 29, 2005 12:36 am

This is correct.  They will talk to anybody with a pulse.  They will hire most of that group.  They need you more than you need them -- remeber that.

Jul 29, 2005 12:37 am
brainflux:

I've recently been attempting to start my career
as an FA. I sent 4 resumes out and I've been contacted by each company
I emailed.  Due to my lack of experience and education in this
field I have my doubts as to how selective they are.
Basically, I'm beginning to suspect that they'll hire anyone.
Please confirm or deny this observation with your past experiences.
Thank you.





Most of the bigs can't fill seats fast enough to replace those who have washed out....

Jul 29, 2005 1:40 am

Yeah sounds like an industry that is really looking for a few good men or ladies?


I know a lot of people are scared of failure stories they hear from their friends. When you have a family at home and everything is based on commission.

Jul 29, 2005 6:23 am

Why do most people fail? As a FA would I be expected to develop all of my own leads? How long do most people last before they wash out. After my phone interview wuth AGE I'm waiting to schedule my face to face, but I would like to know what are the odds of surviving the first year. I know I determine my own production, but is it the average for a rookie to go months without a pay check?

Jul 29, 2005 8:35 am

So, I've might have submitted a good resume and got the atnetion of the

hr people.

Jul 29, 2005 9:04 am
brainflux:

So, I've might have submitted a good resume and got the atnetion of the
hr people.


It would seem so, Vladic.

Jul 29, 2005 11:28 am

Check out RJ.  Pursue them.  Great management, great company, great training.  I have nothing bad to say.

Jul 29, 2005 11:36 am
maybeeeeeeee:

Check out RJ.  Pursue them.  Great management, great company, great training.  I have nothing bad to say.


Have you also taken training at Merrill, UBS, Wachovia, Smith Barney, Morgan Stanley?


If not how would you be able to make a comparison?

Jul 29, 2005 11:37 am

Wow nice post July28. Thanks for the information..

Jul 29, 2005 11:42 am
executivejock:

Wow nice post July28. Thanks for the information..



You're welcome.  I write for those who are bright enough to read what I have to say without knee-jerk reactions.


Jul 29, 2005 5:41 pm
July 28:
PowPow:

This is correct.  They will talk to anybody with a pulse.  They will hire most of that group.  They need you more than you need them -- remeber that.


What an odd thing to think about a business you're in.  "Yep, here I am working in an industry that will hire anybody with a pulse.  I am so proud."


A typical branch manager will receive between five and ten resumes PER DAY.  Most are poorly written, submitted by obviously unqualified types and so forth so they simply get tossed.


Rejection letters used to be considered appropriate, after all the applicant took their time to submit their resume didn't they deserve a "Thanks, but no thanks" letter?  Of course they did, but at least two things influence--no, it's three things.


From my perspective the most disappointing is a coarsening of society.  Polite is no longer considered a mandatory response.  We live in a society where people routinely shoot at each other from moving cars, they go out in public dress liked slobs--don't get me going.  In any case, at a place and time when telling somebody to phuck off is considered acceptable why bother with a thank you note?


There is also an issue of discrimination.  If a resume is submitted from DeHundre Jones and you write a rejection letter the next thing you know the diversity Vice President will be on the phone wanting to know why you didn't hire DeHundre--so just don't respond at all.  I DeHundre doesn't get a letter there is no way to prove his resume even made it to the recruiter.  It's not just DeHundre either, "Activists" are out there for the older population, the handicapped and those who are left handed but fear papercuts.  We have become a whining society, and every possible reason to assign blame anywhere except at one's own doorstep is exploited.  Anyway, just don't send rejection letters and if somebody whines tell them you don't know what they're talking about.


Finally--and it's really just an excuse--is the mere overwhelming task fo writing letters to everybody who sent in their entry in the hiring sweepstakes.  I realize that computers can mass produce rejection letters, but even that is not free--paper, ink, postage are all costly when you're doing it hundreds of times a day.


What this has done is cause job hunters to remain in a constant state of hopefulness.  There is nothing wrong with being hopeful, but it can also lead to wasting time.


Suppose you went on an interview and thought it went well.  Perhaps it actually did go well, and perhaps the hiring manager has your resume at the top of his stack.


That is until a better candidate comes in.


So there you are at home, unemployed but hopeful.  Days turn into weeks and weeks can turn into months.  They say that it takes one month for each $10,000 you expect to earn.  Anyway, if you left an interview thinking you were going to be going to work there it's human nature to let up on the pedal, to put the job hunt into neutral while you wait for the offer letter or phone call.


What if it doesn't come?  If you stop a job hunt for a week it will take you another week or two to get it started again--probably a month gone from your life.


That is why the advice is ALWAYS to take the first offer that comes along.  There is a HUGE difference between being invited in for an interview and getting a job offer that includes a relatively comfortable salary for a year or two.  You're a fool if you get such an offer and turn it down because you think that somebody else is also interested.


There are many young women sitting home on prom night because they turned down a date thinking that the captain of the football team just hadn't called yet.



This is so true.  Very nice post.

Jul 29, 2005 7:55 pm

Wow I did good getting my 70k job in 3 months. I guess I deserve double that 10k month theory! :)

God bless America. The land of opportunity!