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Oct 28, 2008 12:58 pm

First off, I really enjoy reading all of your posts.  I have learned quite a bit here.

To my question.  Back in April I applied at SB online.  I received a thank you but no thank you response from them in regards to a FA position.   Last night I noticed that new postiions for a FA are available, so I decided to apply online again.  The problem is when I go to log in to my profile and update the job position and my resume, I get a " Thank you for taking time to explore career opportunities with us" screen, and nothing else.  Now, I don't expect too many people to know about this, but if someone else has run across this before and found out how to apply, I would appreciate the help.   I'm just wondering if since I was declined back in April, they still won't consider my applications now/future.   I have already tried contacting the company that is hosting the site, they said that everything is working fine on their end.
Oct 28, 2008 2:50 pm

or just create a new account with a different email… Chances are your old account got flagged from your old interview, not sure how it works.

  If you're really paranoid start adding a vowel or some alteration to your name to see if that gets a quicker or slower response, I read an article about someone using their cat's name on their resume and the phone started ringing off the hook from employers that previosly ignored their submissions.
Oct 28, 2008 3:07 pm

I had applied on line and also contacted a branch manager who said they currently not hiring and not for the foreseeable future. 

Oct 28, 2008 5:36 pm

you gotta get infront of a branch manager.

Oct 28, 2008 6:28 pm

I was trying, even had the name of a big producer in his office as a reference but he just said they’re not doing any hiring for now.    I don’t know if this is true but I was told they may be hiring but let’s say my physical characteristics don’t meet certain desirable criteria at the moment. 

Oct 28, 2008 6:50 pm

I’ll contact a branch manager and see if I can get an interview.  I figured that going the online route first was the preffered way. 

  Any tips you can give to get infront of the BOM?
Oct 28, 2008 6:58 pm

Walk into the front door.  Introduce yourself to the receptionist and ask, “I would like to speak with the branch manager regarding a position as a financial advisor.”

Oct 29, 2008 11:04 am

You’re applying for a job where most of what you’ll be doing for a long time is calling and asking for business, so how about making a good impression on the Branch Manager by calling and asking for the job?

Oct 29, 2008 11:47 am

don’t call. walk in.

  Try to speak with his assistant if he's unavailable. Find out when he is available and make an appointment.       
Oct 29, 2008 1:12 pm

Just walk in and ask to speak with the Branch Manager, isn't that pretty bold.  I don't want to come across as rude. <?: prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


When I was in sales and just walked in without appointments, it wasn't as well received.

However, since you guys are in the business, I am not discounting what you are saying.  I’ll give it some thought.

Oct 29, 2008 1:36 pm

Sometimes I drive down the street and look at all of the businesses that aren’t clients of mine.  If I do nothing they will continue to not be clients of mine.  If I walk in their front door, some of them will become clients.  Does it matter that some of them won’t receive me well? 

  If you don't meet with the Branch Manager, you will continue to not have the job. 
Oct 29, 2008 1:41 pm

What time and day(s) of the week would you suggest I not seek the Manager?  I heard Monday mornings and Friday afternoons.  Would you concur?

  Thank you everyone for your help!
Oct 29, 2008 2:11 pm

It’s 2:08 right now.  If you read this at 2:43 and it takes 19 minutes to drive there, I would suggest 3:02.

Oct 29, 2008 2:44 pm

It’s 2:08 right now.  If you read this at 2:43 and it takes 19 minutes to drive there, I would suggest 3:02.

  You might give him time to get out of his jammies!
Oct 29, 2008 2:45 pm

It’s 2:08 right now.  If you read this at 2:43 and it takes 19 minutes to drive there, I would suggest 3:02.

  Haha, nice!   Swarley, if you're worried about coming off as too bold, don't be.  But if you still are, just go in (dressed to impress) and see the receptionist, then make a little bit of small talk, and then tell her you would really appreciate it if you could introduce yourself to the manager and give him your resume yourself.  Tell her you don't mind waiting until he's available and it'll only take 30 seconds of his time.  Just be nice but make sure you do what you have to do.
Oct 29, 2008 5:25 pm

 if you’re this scarred and analytical about getting a job you are gonna have a difficult time in this business.

either step-up - be bold and make it happen for yourself, or step aside and let someone who really wants to work in this business meet with the branch manager.
Oct 29, 2008 9:16 pm

just ask