You need to make sure that your resume provides readers with all the necessary information and a neat easy to read, error free layout. HR managers may have hundreds of resumes to look through, so if they have to struggle to read through your details they may not spend much time on it.
Moreover, a well-written resume will also reflect well on you and make a statement before you’re interviewed.
A standard resume should at least contain the elements listed below:
Summary of Qualifications
Additional Skills (optional)
Hobbies and Interests (optional)
Summary of Qualifications
This is a brief summarization of your education, professional experiences, outstanding achievements etc that shows how you are a perfect fit for the job at hand. You should use this section to briefly mention any significant banking related experience or achievements you may already have.
Your career statement is a brief write-up used to summarize why you would like to have the job you are applying for and what you hope to gain from the experience.
You should familiarize yourself with the job description for the particular banking position you want and use that information to write a brief but targeted career objective statement.
Also note that this section may be labeled Career objective, Career statement, Objective statement etc.
Potential employers are always looking for candidates who have prior work experience, particularly in relevant fields. If you are experienced in banking and finance then list the jobs you’ve held with detailed job descriptions along with any major achievements.
Also note that, in banking, certain attributes, particularly numerical, analytical and interpersonal skills, are highly desirable so try to show how your prior work experience has helped you develop these skills.
Most banks will be looking to hire people with college degrees in business related fields such as finance, economics or accounting. If you already have a degree or are studying for one, then you should list specific courses you have done that will help you excel in the job you are applying for? For example, you might highlight classes taken in calculus, statistics or econometrics.
There are certain skills such as dexterity with MS Word and Excel that will come in handy in banking. If you have any additional skills, they could be the difference between you and the competition. When you list them you should try and link them to the job you are applying for.
Interests and Hobbies
A lot of people feel this section is not so important and don’t really pay much attention to it. Sure, your education and work experience sections will be more important to potential employers but your interests and hobbies also have an important role.
For instance, if one of your interests is basketball, then you may explain how basketball is a sport which requires analytical ability, dedication and team work, all of which are also necessary in banking.
Interests and hobbies are seen as transferable skills and mentioning them in the context of your application and suitability is a great idea.
Writing a resume for a bank job is not so different from writing a resume for any other job. You should focus on providing all relevant information in order to at least get an interview call from potential employers.