How to Build a Banking Resume

By Brandi Brown , last updated January 22, 2012

The key to building a banking resume is to show an educational background that matches the requirements of banking and to show trustworthiness with money. Before you begin to put together your banking resume, take some time to think about what it is about your background and skill set that would make you an ideal candidate for a banking job. Because entry-level banking jobs are difficult to land, you need to make yourself stand out.

Education

The best major for a potential banking employee is finance. Because entry-level bank tellers don’t do much in the way of record-keeping, understanding the basics of financial transactions is most beneficial. You will be in a great position to answer customers’ questions and you put yourself in a position to move up in your company. Any business degree will be a boost to your resume. If you do not have a degree or have one in a non-business field, list out your degree’s name and title as well as any training that you have on software or financial topics. Try to show that you have pertinent educational qualification, even if it is an evening seminar or a single class from college. If necessary, look at lifelong learning or community education classes for something that you can use.

Past Employment

Bank tellers are responsible for large sums of cash going through their hands from day to day. While there are safeguards in place, the banker who hires you still needs to know that you are trustworthy. You want to show progressive experience and responsibility in handling money. Jobs in retail are good starting points, especially if you were in a largely cash business or often worked alone. Working in any type of loan environment will give you a tremendous advantage and should be showcased on your banking resume.

Volunteer Experience

Putting your volunteer experience on your resume typically is not necessary or recommended. In the case of bank teller jobs, though, you can use your volunteer experience related to financial matters to show your ability to handle money. Being the treasurer of a non-profit board or being in charge of the athletic boosters’ concession stand operation will help to show your sense of responsibility.

References

In most cases, putting “references available upon request” will satisfy the need for new employees. For people who lack the education or verifiable experience for the jobs they are considering, though, including the reference information on the initial resume suggests confidence in your references. As always, ask your references before you put them down so that they are expecting the call and know roughly what they have to say about your experiences.

Putting together a resume in banking is very much about showing that you are mature and responsible. In an ideal world, a banking resume would include a business degree and experience working retail or as an accounting clerk. If you do not have that ideal background, though, you still have a chance to land a banking job by demonstrating what you know that will be useful to someone considering hiring you as a bank teller.

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