Altruist, a premier financial broker in Hong Kong is seeking financial consultants and accounts managers to provide one-stop financial planning services including risk management, liability management, asset management and tax planning. The recruits will receive the necessary training to fulfil all job duties. 'They will be trained to be professional consultants with all the product knowledge, technical skills, selling techniques, interpersonal and communications skills needed. They will also be backed by a strong team of staff and experienced managers,' said Brandy Tsang, director, marketing and communications. Duties include prospecting for clients, fact-finding, identifying a client's needs, helping clients establish financial goals, formulating and making proposals, executing plans and providing comprehensive after-sales service, including regular review of financial plans. Continuous upgrading of professional knowledge is also part of the job with consultants required to continue to study or take professional examinations or courses. An education subsidy is offered by the company. 'Actually, both skills and experience are not the key factors for our consideration in the selection process. Instead, we have to find out how strong a commitment the candidate has to enter the industry because this is a long-term career,' Ms Tsang said. She said there are certain characteristics that are key to being a successful financial consultant and applicants should be able to demonstrate these, including a high level of integrity, good work ethics, persistence, a willingness to learn, a strong interest in people and a determination to succeed. 'We prefer candidates with at least two years working experience in any field because fresh graduates, having a narrow network, might find this a hurdle for prospecting, but of course there are always exceptions.' The position requires people to be their own boss, which for some maybe a challenge while others will find it an attraction. 'Without a doubt the rewarding aspect of the position is helping people plan well for their future without any financial worry; it is extremely satisfying,' Ms Tsang said. Financial rewards are also an attraction, from a 'rewarding income' with no ceiling, to recognition of effort and a high commission scale. 'Most candidates consider such factors as company brand name, financial strength, products and remuneration package, however we have the added value of a healthy company culture, which is vital in this industry. 'In a people business you need a culture of people as a priority,' Ms Tsang said.