In the West Michigan region, Edward Jones is in talent acquisition mode. According to Sam Vriezema, the financial advisor at the Zeeland office
, the national firm is looking to add 60 financial advisors. They will then add 120-140 more jobs in support in the upcoming year.
Vriezema, who roughly defines the region as ranging from Manistee south and Grand Rapids west, says that the demand is brought on by the needs of baby boomers readying for retirement and the challenges brought on by recent economic swings. "There was a day you could buy a mutual fund and know it would generate a seven to eight percent return, but now, that is a tough number to hit. As baby boomers are reaching retirement age, there is a drive for individuals seeking advice."
Vriezema describes his role as more of a second perspective on the new hires, meeting with candidates when needed to provide insight into the work, but says the initial interviews and selection process take place through the national offices of Edwards Jones in St. Louis, MO. Vriezema also indicates that a financial background is not as critical as a strong work ethic, great people skills and an aptitude for sales. "We are looking for individuals that get up every day and want to talk to people and generate conversations," he says.
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Source: Sam Vriezema, Edward Jones
Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor