8 valuable job search tips from finance industry experts

If you're hunting for a finance job, you're sure to run into a lot of competition. Whether you're applying for accounting jobs, investment banking jobs or work in another position, you can be sure that your resume will be stacked up next to the best minds in the business, so you need every advantage you can get. Listed below are eight invaluable tips – all from finance industry experts – that you should keep in mind when writing up your applications.

1. Only apply to positions you're well-suited for
"Understand what the job entails, and find a job match that you're going to enjoy, because any of these jobs require a lot. So, it better be something you like, because if you like it, you have a chance at being good at it." – Edith Hunt, Chief Diversity Officer, Goldman Sachs

2. Higher education is necessary, but it's no replacement for experience
"I think an MBA is an excellent choice for someone looking to switch careers. It's a great networking vehicle. But, I think there's no substitute for on-the-job training and experience." – Ian Snow, CEO and Partner, Snow Phipps Group

3. Keep it honest – in resumes, in interviews and everywhere else
"The number one thing for me is integrity and honesty. I get leery of anything in a resume that leads me to believe I can't trust the person. We're in the money business and we're under tremendous regulatory scrutiny." – Alan Breed, President and CEO, Edgewood Management

4. Display your competitive edge
"The most important things [to look for in] hedge fund managers is that they are smart and they are honest. Close behind that is probably competitiveness…Someone who won't lose doesn't lose." – Julian Robertson, Founder, Tiger Management

5. Be open to obtaining experience in non-finance fields
"[The documentary business] was a hugely important training ground for me as an entrepreneur—to be sitting there with limited amount of time and cash, having pitched an idea, and seeing idea either vanished or changed before your eyes." – George Bell, President and CEO, Jumptap

6. Be an individual – don't be afraid to stand out against the crowd
"I'm really looking for people who are articulate, who can think on their own, who have points of view, who know when to express them and have confidence, but also know when it's time to get to work and just get the job done." – Tom Dean, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Avista Capital Partners

7. Always be open to criticisms and suggestions for improving your skills
"What I find inspiring is when I find someone who is willing to work on themselves…I think about vulnerability a lot as a really powerful trait in trying to lead a company or lead a team." – Ann Mehl, CEO, Ann Mehl Executive Coaching

8. Resilience is the name of the game – never give up!
"What I tell young people is that it's all about resilience. Your career is not going to go the way you planned. It's impossible, at age 23, to pick the right industry and the right company… remaining open to opportunities and change [is the best advice I can offer]." – Sallie Krawcheck, CEO, 85 Broads