Banks are really strict these days, both with their customers and their new hires. If you’re looking for a job in the banking industry, it may take a little bit of legwork to land that fresh graduate job from networking to diversifying your skills. However, even seemingly unrelated items in your personal life, like poor finances, can keep you standing outside the door. To get on that first career rung of the ladder for banking, you have to take a look at yourself from your prospective employer’s perspective. What do they seek out in an entry level candidate?
Four Traits of a Successful Banking Candidate
Banks will do serious background and skill checks on their potential hires. To be considered for a banking job, you should make sure to have these traits:
1. Have a Good Credit Profile - Banks reason that if you can’t manage your own money, you’re unlikely to be able to manage their money well. Also, you could end up being an embezzlement risk if you are having money problems at home.
2. Be Willing to Relocate for the Job - Even as a bank teller, you may be required to move from one branch to another. Plum finance jobs may be available, but in foreign countries.
3. Speak the Lingo - Every industry has its special terms that insiders use to indicate their knowledge of the business. Add banking terms to your resume and make sure to use them in your interview as well.
4. Display Advanced Negotiation Skills - Do you know how to create win-win scenarios that make people trust you when you walk in the door? That’s a skill that is highly valued for banks interested in rebuilding trust in their institutions.
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Sean Little is the VP of Marketing for FirstJob.com. FirstJob matches current students and recent college graduates with internships and quality career opportunities. Sean also runs FirstJob’s campus ambassador program at campuses across the country, helping students learn marketing topics while connecting them with top brands and job opportunities.