Help please- composing CV after being a home trader

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Hi scattydiva,
Welcome to T2W.

There is no need to lie on your CV. Nonetheless, a CV is a sales tool and, like any piece of sales literature, it must emphasize your strengths and provide reasons for the HR team to short list you for an interview. I agree with Trading Spaces - don't mention 'home' - or provide any kind of address. If you're not comfortable with the term Portfolio Manager - put Retail Trader instead. Assuming you're either providing a covering letter or a statement as part of an official application form, then you'll need to address why being a Retail Trader no longer works for you. (Don't ignore it - they'll smell a rat and file your application in the bin.) I suggest you keep it short 'n simple, something along the lines of: 'the current political climate and instability in the wake of Brexit is particularly challenging for Retail Traders and I don't enjoy the isolation of working on my own all day'. Then move swiftly on to the reasons why you want the job and what if offers that you don't get from trading. Lastly - and most importantly - emphasize how your unique set of skills are ideally suited to the post you're applying for.
Tim.
Thanks for this Tim, this has given me some things to think about. Really appreciated, thanks.
 

timsk

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Thanks for this Tim, this has given me some things to think about. Really appreciated, thanks.
Hi scattydiva,
Glad it helps.

An afterthought: I suggest you put 'Retail Trader of financial markets' - or something similar (as opposed to just Retail Trader) - so they don't think you're peddlin' cheap knock-off perfume on street corners! On the relevant section of my CV I've put:
11/2007 - 08/2009 Retail Trader of U.S. equities (e.g. eBay and Amazon etc.) and U.S. index futures (Dow Jones)
Tim.
 
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Many years ago I interviewed someone for a software job. I saw an interesting bit on his CV which more or less said he was head trader at a fund or words to that effect. A couple of questions revealed basically he traded for himself at home. I was NOT impressed. The last thing anyone wants is to work with a complete bull**** artist.
 

sminicooper

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A good reason for not using BS on a CV is that if the interviewer is taken in by it, then it's probably a company not worth working for if they are that easily deceived. If accepted for employment, you will then have the misfortune of having to work with/under similar people. This of course, is how many government departments/civil service end up being staffed with inadequate people.