What to Look For in an Investment Banking Job Search Board

The Wall Street Journal recently asked several top career consultants to weigh in on the value of online job search websites. This was prompted by the three of the giant boards, including CareerBuilder and Monster, running hugely expensive TV commercials during the recent Super Bowl telecast. Are job sites worth it, they asked.

The experts were in agreement that the big, popular sites may do a fair job for young, entry-level job hunters. But for more experienced professionals, and highly targeted market niches, they often come up short.

For example, many online job boards are filled with low-level or administrative job listings that don’t relate to your particular qualifications. You can end up wasting hours of time sifting through the site to come up with just a few worthwhile opportunities.

Instead, you should find an online service that focuses on your particular niche. This service should do all the research for you, and filter out jobs that are not truly for serious financial professionals. It should only list (or better yet, email you) the most relevant job listings. Also it should make sure that each investment banking job listing provides clear information as to who you should contact to apply for the job.

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