• How to Make Your Virtual Interview a Success

    7 months ago by Veronique Martial-Gritter

    ​Over the past decade, more companies in Germany have been including video job interviews as part of their hiring process, especially in roles with remote applicants or those which attract a large number of applications. In light of the current coronavirus pandemic and most financial service professionals working from home these days, virtual job interviews are becoming even...

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  • 5 Useful Tips to Beat Blue Monday

    9 months ago by Veronique Martial-Gritter

    ​It’s January. Christmas and the New Year’s celebrations are truly behind us, and the weather is grim in most parts of Germany. With the daylight hours per day at an annual low, many financial services professionals find this a difficult stretch to get through mentally. This is particularly true on the dreaded Blue Monday, so if you are feeling unusually down today, you are ...

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  • How to Find Out Your Co-Worker's Salary

    11 months ago by Colin Higgins

    ​A career in the German financial sector can prove to be lucrative, with a mixture of large financial institutions and smaller disruptor and fintech brands all competing for high quality talent through generous wages. According to online careers portal Gehalt.de, one of the best paid job titles in Germany is Fund Manager.  If you are not happy with your current salary, scann...

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  • Is Your Boss Invested in Your Career Development?

    11 months ago by Colin Higgins

    ​Institutions in the German banking and financial sector used to rely on a traditional career ladder. Work hard, perform well and achieve promotion. However, the landscape has transformed with the digitisation of finance and fintech innovations in cybersecurity and data analysis. This means the traditional career path no longer exists, and guidance is needed.  If you are wor...

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  • How to Survive a Marathon Interview Process

    11 months ago by Colin Higgins

    ​The German banking and financial services sector is a highly competitive job market, and senior roles attract a wide range of talented candidates. When making a crucial hiring decision, banks and financial firms may invite you to an interview which takes all day. This will involve several rounds of interviews with a range of stakeholders. Though this is a great way for comp...

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  • How to Deal With a Toxic Co-Worker

    11 months ago by Colin Higgins

    ​Dealing with a toxic co-worker can be a tough situation to navigate. Colleagues who are making your working life difficult are impossible to escape, and if behaviour such as constant negativity, bullying and gossip is part of your everyday routine, the impact on your productivity and mental health can be huge.  Working in the German banking and financial services can be str...

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  • 5 Steps to Convincing Your Boss That a Sabbatical is a Good Idea

    11 months ago by Colin Higgins

    ​Did you know that 34% of the “100 Best Workplaces in Europe” offer paid sabbaticals, according to the Great Places to Work Institute? With this number ever increasing, there's no better time to bring up the conversation with your employer. Asking for a career break is rarely easy, but a sabbatical offers more than a chance for you to recharge. Time away can be a vital oppor...

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  • 7 Ways to Decide if a Job Offer is Worth Taking

    11 months ago by Colin Higgins

    ​Many roles on offer within the German banking and financial services sector attract candidates with generous and attractive salary and bonus packages, but it is important to look at an opportunity from different angles when considering a successful job offer within the sector.  Even if you fought hard for the job offer, the best decision for both your career and general qua...

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  • How to Make a Great First Impression in Your New Job

    11 months ago by Colin Higgins

    Approaching your first day in a new and challenging role in your career can be nerve-wracking even for the most confident and skilled candidate. Companies within the German banking and financial services sector will likely have created an onboarding process to help you learn the ropes, but there is pressure to make an impactful first impression on team members who you will b...

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  • How to Leave Your Job Without Burning Bridges

    11 months ago by Colin Higgins

    ​Taking the next step of your career path within the German banking and financial services sector is certainly a cause for celebration, but first you have to face the difficult task of leaving your current role. Quitting your job is never pleasant, but there are ways you can leave your current role in a graceful, tactful and professional manner which will help both you and y...

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  • How to Resign and Leave on Good Terms

    11 months ago by Colin Higgins

    ​When resigning from your role within the banking and financial services sector in Germany, it is best to plan ahead and ensure you walk away with professionalism and tact. Avoid burning bridges, and instead quit in a way which will leave a good last impression.    For example, instead of airing your grievances in your official notice of resignation, it is best to save your ...

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  • The Signs of Burnout at Work and What to do About it

    11 months ago by Colin Higgins

    ​Challenges in the banking and financial services sector include dealing with volatile global markets and keeping up with the fast-evolving world of fintech. Jobs in the finance sector become increasingly demanding as new skill sets are required.  A 2016 Gallup poll found that 24% of German office workers reported feeling ‘burned out’ in their current roles. In 2019, the Wor...

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  • Why You Should Decline A Counter Offer

    about 1 year ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​“We’ll match what they’re offering.” It’s a moment that can catch you off guard. You’ve done the difficult bit, after all. You’ve survived marathon interview rounds, had your experience and expertise challenged, and come out on top – success, you’ve been offered the job! The only thing left to do was to rip off the band-aid and hand in your resignation. Unfortunately, your ...

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  • Why Your Business Should Invest in Work Life Balance

    over 1 year ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​For many employers and HR professionals in financial services, developing work-life balance strategies that bring tangible benefits to the business and their employees can be challenging. In a candidate-led market, employees have more choice than ever, and after salary and job security they state that work-life balance is the most important factor for job satisfaction. To a...

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  • How to Negotiate Your Salary

    over 1 year ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​Salary negotiation. Those two words fill most people with dread, but with the average salary up 9.3% from a decade ago and continuing to rise – can you afford not to negotiate?Women, in particular, are less likely to try. Linda Babcock’s book, Women Don’t Ask, revealed that only about 7% of women attempt to negotiate their first salary, compared to 57% of men. People who ne...

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  • How to Get the Pay Rise You Deserve

    over 1 year ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​​No-one likes to talk about pay but are you missing out on a hard-earned raise? The average salary in the financial sector has increased by 9.3% over the last decade. Break the taboo and secure the pay rise you deserve. Start by asking.Know your worthBe prepared. Don't let impostor syndrome get the better of you and undervalue yourself. Likewise, don't expect your line mana...

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  • Why finance professionals are moving to Frankfurt in 2019

    over 1 year ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​A recent speech by Danièle Nouy, president of the Single Supervisory Mechanism of the European Central Bank (ECB), estimates at least 30 financial institutions have applied for new licenses to relocate to Frankfurt. Although the city may not quite compare to London, it’s quickly becoming one of top financial hubs in Europe.Financial marketing group Frankfurt Main Finance al...

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  • Managing Millennials and the Future of Leadership

    over 2 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​It is evident that when it comes to work, millennials are very different than the generations that came before them. In order to support and manage this type of talent, it is essential to address the generational differences, to better understand their priorities and behavior in the workplace.Millennials all have one thing in common: they want to make a difference. Research...

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  • How Working with a Specialist Recruiter Can Help Advance Your Career​

    over 2 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​Upon reaching Senior Executive level, the number of opportunities available for career development begins to decrease, while the competition increases. As you reach the competitive leadership positions, it’s vital to differentiate yourself from the other candidates in the market.In many circumstances, working with a specialist recruiter will help give you an edge when it co...

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