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Asked by chad on December 3, 2014

How competitive is the financial industry for a first time job seeker with a bachelor's degree?

Answered by Emily, Hiring Expert at Fifth Third Bank, on December 10, 2014

Overall, it would appear that the market has definitely shifted to be less of an employer’s market and more of a job seeker’s market. So you may find the odds more favorable for job seekers now than they were 5 years ago in any industry. The financial industry is back to hiring more entry level talent into management training programs and while this will still be very competitive and employers are looking to hire the best of the best in these positions, you can see more openings. In addition to management training programs, the financial industry is hiring for sales professionals interested in becoming licensed and selling investments. There are probably many options out there right now for you!

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Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on December 17, 2014

So, for entry level positions most companies are seeking candidates that are coming right out of college. Definitely if you have any internship experiences that relate to your field, then I would encourage you to include that information on your resume. It will definitely help set you apart from other candidates. Feel free to visit us at www.textron.com. Good luck on your search!

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Answered by Kacie, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on January 19, 2015

The financial services industry is still a competitive industry but employers are also working hard to find qualified candidates. It is large industry, which means a lot of opportunities.  There are many positions that do not require industry specific work experience, so you you will need to highlight your degree and relevant college successes to help you stand apart from your competition.   You will want to point out extracurricular activities you did in college, internship work as well as any employment history.  It also may be beneficial to look at the big picture and consider starting out in an entry level role and look at the advancement opportunities. 

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