Welcome to Professional Hedging!

Welcome to Professional Hedging (ProHedge for short), a website/blog dedicated to professional development!

The last several years have been rough on the global economy and the United States in particular. With a full recovery and low unemployment numbers still years away, the competition is only getting stiffer. If you’re a college student on the verge of graduation, the aspects of the “real world” can be quite daunting. Or, if you’ve already graduated and are finding yourself going through the process of job interview after job interview with no end in sight, than perhaps the information contained on this blog can help you.

 

ProHedge is all about making sure that the employer has no reason to doubt you as a professional. There is a certain process that goes into finding employment. Depending on the job you are seeking, what degree and certifications you hold certainly apply. However, for ALL jobs, there are certain areas you can improve on your own to stand out from your peers, such as your resume, your interviewing skills, networking capabilities, and ability to show your employer that you are ahead of the competition and hungry to learn more and do more.

So what exacting are we “hedging” through professional development? The uncertainty and risk of employment (unemployment). So you’re about to graduate (or have already graduated). Shouldn’t your degree be enough to land you that entry-level job? Not necessarily. In some ways, a college degree has never been more important. And in others, it’s never been less. A college degree used to get you the job, now it gets you an interview…maybe. In truth, your degree just signals to the potential employer that it’s worth scanning the rest of your resume, in consideration of giving you an interview. Employers will read your resume, that’s what your degree gets you!

Only through constantly working at your professional attributes (your resume, interviewing & networking skills, etc) and furthering your educational development can you set yourself apart from your competitors. Signal to your employer that you’re not just looking to coast on your degree. Employers should feel that you could be an integral part of their company for years, and that you have your eyes set on progressing through the company ranks and making a name for yourself.

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About Jason Willis
Jason graduated from the University of Central Florida in the fall of 2011 with a B.S.B.A. in Finance. He currently works at The Newport Group as an Investment Analyst on the Asset & Liability Management Team working with Non Qualified Deferred Compensation Plans. In his spare time he continues to give back to AKPsi by assisting with the CFAC and NX Chapter at UCF. He also currently operates his own blog entitled Professional Hedging, and is also preparing to acquire his Series 7 and 66 Certifications.

One Response to Welcome to Professional Hedging!

  1. Jason Bryant says:

    I like the term “professional hedging”. That’s exactly what we’re doing. Investing in yourself to hedge against the job market… interesting

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