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5 Ways to Get Ahead in the Financial Industry

Author: SNI Content/Tuesday, May 15, 2012/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, SNI Certes, Staffing Now

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#1 Get Involved - Get to know your co-workers. Don't skip holiday parties. Offer to help plan them! Contributing to work events and building relationships with your managers and peers can only lead to desirable full-time career opportunities. Not only is it important to employers that you are a team player, but it's also smart to develop a variety of industry contacts.

#2 Look and Act the Part - Maintain professionalism at all times. Communicate effectively, and don't let personality differences between you and your co-workers get the best of you. Also if you agree to a project or task, follow through. You want your peers to look at you as a loyal and reliable employeeÑand most importantly, an asset to the company.

#3 Keep Your Options Open - While it's essential that you excel in your current position, you should also always be on the lookout for new opportunities and job openings. Join industry-networking groups, sign up for job alerts on LinkedIn and build relationships with financial staffing agencies. Enlisting the help of financial staffing services will keep you up-to-date and in-the-know on what's available with top financial employers in your area.

#4 Lead the Pack - Don't just follow everyone else's lead. Step up to the plate, and take on challenging projects. Offer up innovative ideas and new ways to solve problems. It's important to stand out from the crowd rather than falling into the background. And if you're having troubles solving a problem on your own, enlist the help of co-workers. Initiate the creation of a group and brainstorm together.

#5 Set Goals - Decipher where you have room for improvement professionally, and think about ways of bettering yourself. Whether it is a class at a local college or an online webinar, there are tons of inexpensive ways to grow professionally and further your financial skillset.

Most importantly: If you're dissatisfied with your current financial position or the growth opportunities available at the company, don't be afraid to look elsewhere. Staffing agencies can help, but be sure to enlist those that specialize in staffing financial positions.

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