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Career Mistakes

Career Mistakes - There is a fine line between between being competitive while pursuing a job and annoying the potential employer. The following is an explanation the top five career mistakes that you should avoid. It is targeted toward professionals in the finance and investing industry which is highly competitive and many people’s enthusiasm for getting the job leads them to commit errors that ruin their chances. I receive lots of applications from people looking to enter the private equity industry and almost all of these applicants (although well-meaning) unknowingly makes at least one of these mistakes.

Here are five very common mistakes:

1. Don’t be annoying. Annoying may seem a bit harsh but I don’t know how else to describe ten e-mails confirming that you received the first e-mail. By pursuing a hirer or recruiter too aggressively he will want to give you a shot even less rather than catching his attention.

Career Mistakes

2. Don’t be overconfident. Confidence is healthy and necessary especially in the business world but being overconfident to the point you claim to know everything begs the obvious question, “then why would I hire you, shouldn’t you hire me?” Especially for entry-level positions, this is the wrong attitude. You should be eager to learn more about the industry from those with experience. You send the wrong message by marketing yourself as better than everyone and imply that you are a no-it-all.
3. No long resumes or emails. Resumes should be kept short. I understand that you want to highlight all the qualifications and attributes that make you the right candidate for the job but the people who read your resume are busy and want it written concisely and clearly. For a guide to writing a quality resume see Private Equity Resume. The same applies to emails, I know of people (myself sometimes included) who will stop reading emails because they are epic essays that do not have a clear objective. The best emails are brief and to the point.

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