Just started job - not sure how to put on resume

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So, I've never had trouble writing a resume entry until now. I just started my first "real" job a few weeks ago with a real estate management company. We manage and maintain strip malls throughout the country. I don't have an official job title, I think, so I'll call "financial analyst," though I sit in accounting. My background is in economics, and my primary work is doing bank reconciliations for the properties we own. Not a dream job by far, but definitely better than no job, and at least it's real world experience. The company is family-run, and business seems to be going well - they've been around for decades, and manage over 80 properties.

Anyway, I'm continuing my job search, because my dream gig is still IB (surprise!) However, I want to update my resume with this job, and am not really sure what to put. I want to spin the "saving company money" angle (reduced losses by X%) , but I'm not sure what exactly to say, because I have no idea what I'm saving on average. Moreover, I don't want it to sound too much like back office work - though I realize that's what it is. Any ideas on a good approach? I've never had trouble writing one of these before.

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Oct 17, 2012

You JUST started your job, an you're having trouble writing about what results you have accomplished?

Real shocker.

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Oct 17, 2012
SymphonyBanker:

"I don't have an official job title, I think"
"...though I sit in accounting."
"...and my primary work is doing bank reconciliations for the properties we own."

not sure if "financial analyst" is your job title, but go for it.

Oct 18, 2012

Never fluff something up so much that you can't bank it up when in an interview. It's not fun for someone to call BS on your resume 5 mins into a 30 minute interview.

Oct 18, 2012

Wait a little while and see what accomplishments you can spin towards IB, I would definitely ask your boss before putting something like "Financial Analyst" on your resume. When they call for a reference that could lead to some trouble if your boss thinks your a accountant/administrative worker

Oct 18, 2012

Yes, each time you start a new job, have a promotion, have a deal close, update it.

Oct 18, 2012

Include EVERYTHING! lo ANYTHING, lol...just learn how to back up ur words cuz an expert boss can spot BS!

Oct 18, 2012

Yeah, just spin it. Embellish your bullet points but don't lie about it. Granted you don't have anything finance related with it yet (since its still administrative stuff) starting a club says something about your character so spin it to show your leadership,etc

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Oct 18, 2012

Thank you very much ! Mind giving me an example on how I can embellish an administrative task?

Oct 18, 2012

I had this same problem when I did an internship. I think it is always good to have a line or two even in generic terms about what the summer internship usually entails especially if your summer internship is in the area you want to work as you mention. Look at the job description and see if you can construct 2 lines or PM me and I could try and help

Oct 18, 2012

Unfortunately, it's pretty informal, so I never got a job description. I'll try and come up with some bs though, and maybe talk to my boss about what I'm going to be doing going forward.

Oct 18, 2012

Talking to your boss is a good idea. Colleagues may also help. Even a line would suffice.

Oct 18, 2012

Yeah, for some internships, I simply spoke with a few co-workers and they crafted bullet points for me.

Oct 18, 2012

Good question, not sure if I have an answer. Curious as to what others have to say.

Oct 18, 2012

Anyone?

Oct 18, 2012

M y opinion is you must put it on the resume, if I discovered half way through the interview by asking "what are you currently up to?" that you work somewhere thats not on your resume I'd start asking some serious questions why. It may not look disloyal if you make sure its known that working at the new place is absolutely what you want to do and something you were committed to before taking your current job.

Oct 18, 2012
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