Yearly Archives: 2012


CityAM – Headhunting a headhunter can help boost your career

Thursday 11th October 2012 Good representation is essential when the job hunt is on Annabel Palmer THE recruitment profession has acquired a bad name over the past few years – a consequence of the commoditisation of the process, a decline in the quality of customer service and a shrinking of the jobs market. Committing to give a portion of your salary to a recruitment agency may be a hard pill to swallow but it is not without its advantages. Going through a recruiter gives you an ambassador in the marketplace: someone who will “scrutinise your CV, prepare you for interviews, provide inside [...]

2012-10-11T12:09:11+00:00October 11th, 2012|Comments Off on CityAM – Headhunting a headhunter can help boost your career

Dead Cat Bounce?

False dawn? A return to the good old days? Whichever term you use to describe the current market the one thing for defnite is that since a quiet summer, for all of the well-known reasons - holidays, the Olympics, a general market downturn, the euro's travails etc - the market has definitely picked up and we're seeing demand across most product ranges and geographies. Of particular interest at present are candidates who understand hedge funds from a sales, RM or product perspective. Additionally, Global RMs / Global Account managers are required in a number of locations as are folks who know the [...]

2012-10-01T20:02:50+00:00October 1st, 2012|Comments Off on Dead Cat Bounce?

CityAM – Attracting attention in your job hunt is a subtle science

Thursday 12th April 2012, 12:06am Initial interest needs time and space to bloom and flourish Tom Welsh WHAT value is there in seeking attention? The practice has a bad reputation, known as part of the power-play of ill-disciplined little children. But in a competitive job market, where even the best must struggle to win over recruiters or potential employers, some argue that there’s virtue in trying to be noticed in the early stages of an application. OfficeTeam, a subsidiary of Robert Half, a recruitment firm, recently released figures revealing that 54 per cent of job seekers would chase up unanswered applications within [...]

2012-04-12T15:46:52+00:00April 12th, 2012|Comments Off on CityAM – Attracting attention in your job hunt is a subtle science


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2012-03-29T12:30:56+00:00March 29th, 2012|Comments Off on DerivSource

Light at the end of the tunnel?

Following on from my last note, sentiment seems to be perceptibly improving in the market; roles are being raised, interviewed for and filled. Confidence towards the balance of the year is on the up - I'd suggest that Q2 will be better than Q1, and whilst summer will be quiet as it traditionally is, Q3 / 4 will be strong - at least I hope so! What are we currently looking for? Senior RMs, folks with consultancy backgrounds and senior salespeople are all in demand so if that's you do get in touch. The date for the Summer Williams has been announced [...]

2012-03-14T12:31:18+00:00March 14th, 2012|Comments Off on Light at the end of the tunnel?

Market Update / We’re On The Move…

So Q1 is drawing to a close, and I detect an ever-so-slight uptick in sentiment in the market, with more offers being extended and more candidates keen to make a move. Firms' Q1 results will have a major bearing on their confidence and ability to hire in Q2 and whilst I don't see a wholesale lifting of freezes / chills (which are in place despite firms' protestations to the contrary) until summertime, I do see firms appreciating that to try to do the same things with the same folks - at least in the sales area - may not be the best [...]

2012-02-28T16:54:41+00:00February 28th, 2012|Comments Off on Market Update / We’re On The Move…

Happy New Year! Gong Hey Fat Choy!

So a New Year starts - both in the UK and Asia - and with it fresh challenges? Well, not really; the Securities Services industry is still facing many of the issues which dogged it over the past few years; a low interest rate environment, a reluctance to invest heavily in staff or operations and a desire to cut costs wherever possible. On the bright side, they say 'it's always darkest before the dawn' so my personal contention is that whilst we have a little way to go before we find rock bottom, there will come a time where confidence returns, firms [...]

2012-01-24T15:37:42+00:00January 24th, 2012|Comments Off on Happy New Year! Gong Hey Fat Choy!