Finding your place in this world can be extremely difficult, but there are just certain people that know exactly what they want, and exactly how to get it. It can seem like a rare quality to behold, but an extremely useful one if you know how to use to it right. One of the best skills that you can hone is learning how to network — life is all about meeting people and getting to know the right ones, and once you learn how to do that, it seems that everything else just seemingly falls into place, which can’t ever really be bad thing. Jared Haftel is one of those with that skill, and he’s used it to his advantage.
Haftel graduated in 2009 from Duke University after earning a Bachelor’s degree in Science, Mathematics and Economics to boot. For five years he’s found himself being able to pursue opportunities in the investment banking field. With his career blossoming, he’s found himself available for a few high profile positions. He began his work as an analyst for the Global Industrials Group which as at BofA Merrill Lynch. This means that he had duties and responsibilities for analysis regarding commodities like mining, metals, aerospace and chemicals, as well as some defense industries as well. He’s had to chance to work with high profile and grossing contacts like Huntsman Corporation, EMS Technologies, CONSOL Energy, and GeoEye. He was once an investment banking analyst for Bank of America, but now he’s now currently an Associate at Vector Capital where he’s been for three years, where he’s been able to continually make a name for himself.
Jared has had the ability to put his networking skills to good use as he’s landed such high opportunity positions within banks and other businesses that will really put his degrees in science, math and economics to good use, and he doesn’t plan on letting a minute of that opportunity go to waste.
Just like any other job, Jared knows how to make sure that you nail your resume and make sure your chances of landing your dream job don’t go to waste, or aren’t over looked just because your resume wasn’t clean enough for the likes of whoever was looking over it. He has a few simple tips to those who are looking into getting their career started. The first is realize that your resume will be looked over quickly. Jobs usually don’t stay open for long and the amount of applications people get is unheard of. Make sure that your resume highlights important aspects of why you should be a chosen candidate. Try not to exaggerate. Adding fluff and things that will just try and make you sound better (aka lying) won’t help you in the long run. Things don’t stay quiet and people will find out one way or another. If you can, have someone look it over, preferably if they’re also in the industry. Lastly, he recommends dedicating at least half of your resume to relevant work experience. People are looking for others that can help the business grow and be of good service to them, making everyone else’s jobs easier. Focusing on internships or jobs you’ve had in the industry with relevant companies will be of great service to you.
Take it from the pros, they know what they’re doing.