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Jun 16, 2010 3:15 pm

So... my first time applying to EJ I didn't make it past the phone interview.  After a 5 minute conversation with my local FA, he gave me his recruiter's number and suggests that I reapply.  

I want to be more prepared for this go around.  I can't change the facts that I just graduate this past december, my only work experiences come from engineering based government internships and MLM business to business sales, or that I have a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct.  But I can try to display more heart and passion to the interviewer so atleast I will be able to move to the next step.

I've been following this forum for the past month, i've seen all the "moving on" "thinking of leaving" Edward Jones posts.  Honestly, whenever I see that I get pumped.  My only real job out of college was working 60+ hours a week going door to door fueling a pyramid scheme.  So, to me working for a company like EJ would be the opportunity of a lifetime.  To all the people considering leaving, please do.  Make room for people like me who are hungry, motivated, and have fresh legs.

And finally my question.  Does a misdemeanor automatically elimate me from contention? The first recruiter said I had been cleared by the compliance department but didn't give me any reasons why my app was rejected.  Any thoughts?

Jun 16, 2010 3:54 pm

You don't sound very articulate. Grammar and spelling are questionable. Heart and passion? Maybe. But no common sense, thus the mlm and misdemeanor. I wouldn't hire you.

Jun 16, 2010 3:59 pm

Navet, care to post your prior work experince and production numbers?  I'll then make a decision if I'd hire you.

Yup, Edward Jones is not the only firm out there.  If they don't hire you and you really want to be in the business do some research.  I'd not brag about your MLM experince to any recruiter though because it makes you look shady.

Jun 16, 2010 5:27 pm

I'm already hired. Not that big a deal since Jones seems to take anyone with a pulse. If you can't cut muster here, consider selling shoes. Try JC Penney.

Jun 16, 2010 6:24 pm

Navet's a tool

OP - misdemeanor's have little to nothing to do with being hired. Otherwise no one in this industry would have a job. We've all had a little too much fun at least once in our lives.

Call the FA and ask for the Regional Leader's (the boss, who will ultimately be your boss) phone number, and tell him you want the job.

Jun 16, 2010 6:40 pm

Face it, jones hired someone who calls himself:  get hard get raw. And you couldn't make the cut? Really, sell shoes.

Jun 17, 2010 9:56 am

Don't waste your time.  He's a troll.

Jun 17, 2010 10:02 am

Obviously a fake poster... if you can't see that then you shouldn't even work in the industry.

Jun 17, 2010 12:59 pm

Sometimes I'm too nice

Jun 17, 2010 1:18 pm

heard that EJ is looking for a new head of market reasearch. 

Don't mention the MLM as you'll eventually get to use that experience door knocking. 

Were you charged or convicted of the misdemeanor, really shouldn't matter too much.  Don't mention it until you fill out the U5. 

Jun 17, 2010 2:27 pm

[quote=navet]

You don't sound very articulate. Grammar and spelling are questionable. Heart and passion? Maybe. But no common sense, thus the mlm and misdemeanor. I wouldn't hire you.

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A man who lives in a glass house shouldn't throw rocks.  While there are a couple of grammatical and spelling mistakes, his post isn't any worse than any of the others around here.  Certainly on par with yours.  So  you really want us, well me, pointing out all of your grammar and spelling mistakes from here on out?  I didn't think so. 

Life - if you aren't a troll, then my advice to you is to take the advice the others gave you and reapply.  You wouldn't be the first Jones FA to get rejected the first time.  Control what you can control and that's how hard you try to get the job.  Rejection is the norm in this business.  If you want to play the game, you have to get used to it.  

Jun 17, 2010 3:31 pm

Hey spiffy, what's wrong with selling shoes? Most folks have feet. Less a problem than hiring some loser who can't even get through a jones interview. What, does your next trip depend on a new hire? Each time I've been back to training some GP braggs how difficult it is to get hired at jones. It's all I can do to keep from screaming. If these FA's are so great, why do we have to raise standards?

Jun 17, 2010 3:34 pm

I'm not a troll, hobgoblin or any other LOTR character.  Just a hungry college grad looking a legit career.  None of these MLM jobs tell you exactly what your getting into.  They love the guy who comes in makes a few sales and leaves.  Compensation is straight commission, so that guy just feeds the system and makes the manager look better.  My problem was that I was actually making money, so I stuck around.  Was I naive?  Sure.  But that was my first full time job out of school.  Anyways, I didn't post to start arguments.  Just wanted to know if the misdemeanor was a deal breaker. 

Thanks to those who have been constructive.

Jun 17, 2010 4:58 pm

Navet's a tool

Jun 17, 2010 5:18 pm

[quote=navet]

Hey spiffy, what's wrong with selling shoes? Most folks have feet. Less a problem than hiring some loser who can't even get through a jones interview. What, does your next trip depend on a new hire? Each time I've been back to training some GP braggs how difficult it is to get hired at jones. It's all I can do to keep from screaming. If these FA's are so great, why do we have to raise standards?

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Standards - simple economics.  Minimum used to be $15K, until it wasn't profitable to operate and office at $15K a month.  They moved it to $18K.  Now, it's not profitable to operate and office at $18K a month.  Call it inflation, lazy FAs, whatever.  I know it's more expensive for me to run my office today than it was 5 years ago.  If for no other reason than my BOA's salary and benefits.  It will more than likely move up again in the future. 

You missed the whole point of my post.  BTW, spiffy should read Spiffy.  And bragg is the name of an Army fort.  The word you were looking for was brags.  Again, people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.  

Jun 17, 2010 5:48 pm

Were you drop kicked as a child?

I'll bet you are a middle child in your family? Dude you need help and these forums aren't enough for you. Try Metamucil it might clear your brain...spiffy.

Jun 17, 2010 5:55 pm

Why do I need help?  Because I pointed out Navet that if he's going to post commentary on the OP's grammar and spelling he better have his own correct? 

I think you need help because you can't seem to stay away from me and my posts.  Seems the only reason you come here is to be my antagonist.