Ask the Coach Answer: How to Explain Being Fired?

March 22nd, 2018

BankTalentHQ’s coach, Donna Flynn, answers an Ask the Coach question – how can you explain being fired when you are in a job interview? Explaining being fired is not always comfortable, but is manageable. Without knowing the specifics of your situation, here are some guidelines I suggest: 1. Be honest. Explain the facts non-defensively of the […]

BankTalentHQ Podcast 3/21/18

March 21st, 2018

In this podcast, we discuss the latest news and trends in hiring in the financial services area, and provide an update of where you can find BankTalentHQ in the next few months. We also have Donna Flynn, our management and leadership coach, on the show today to discuss her background and what professional coaching is. […]

Ask the Coach: How do I explain an employment gap?

March 19th, 2018

Tell the truth. Gaps exist for a variety of reasons. Simply explain why you were unemployed and if appropriate, what you learned from it. One area to highlight on your resume is what you did to keep busy during the employment gap. Did you volunteer? Work a part-time job, consulting, or do some freelance work? […]

Ask the Coach: How do I successfully transition from sales person to sales manager?

March 9th, 2018

Many top performing sales people are promoted to sales manager and are asked to lead their team to achieve similar success. Despite the promotion, many new sales managers are required to continue directly producing results and receive minimal leadership coaching. The first step in successfully transitioning into a sales management position is to seek clarity […]

Ask the Coach: Do I need to put all of my jobs onto my resume?

March 6th, 2018

Not necessarily. I coach clients to include all relevant and recent job experience. Sometimes an employer may want to see every bit of experience and work history. Generally, what’s important is relevant experience and a continual timeline of work history. If you have an extensive career or have been in the workforce for twenty years, […]

BankTalentHQ Podcast Preview Show

February 28th, 2018

In our first show, find out what makes BankTalentHQ from other job web sites. Learn about the advantages our platform offers for the financial services industry. Discover where to find our latest special offers. And, get a few tips about how to track the performance of your job listings. For job seekers, this episode gives […]

Ask the Coach: Do I need to be a good sales person to grow my career in banking?

February 26th, 2018

Absolutely not. Banking is a customer-centric industry and almost every role in the bank offers some value to enhancing the customer’s financial well-being. Happy customers generally drive bank growth, which creates greater career opportunities for staff. By maintaining a focus on customer satisfaction in your role – regardless of whether you are in front line […]

Ask the Coach: I’m having a hard time fitting my resume onto one page – is that still a requirement?

February 16th, 2018

The short answer is no, however, it does depend on your particular situation. If you are early in your career (out of college, or one or two jobs in) it probably makes sense to have a one-page resume. Each of your jobs should have 3-5 bullets a piece of accomplishments and results. As you progress […]

Ask the Coach: What’s the best approach for exceeding sales targets?

February 9th, 2018

It all starts with understanding your target customer and what activities you need to perform to engage them. Then focus on proactively and skillfully performing those activities on a consistent basis. Those activities could include outreach calls, networking functions or gaining referrals. Seek coaching and guidance on how you can more effectively perform these activities. […]

Happy New Monday!

February 2nd, 2018

As I approached New Year’s Eve and Day earlier this month I couldn’t help but feel a sense of renewal, optimism and hope for the year ahead. New Year’s Eve was filled with excitement, reflection, closure and hope: I celebrated the accomplishments I was proud of – my wins, successes and joys I experienced. I […]