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Banking Resume Samples and Tips
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Before writing your banking resume, consider the following questions to help you get started thinking about your resume.
1. How committed are you? The banking sector is notorious for demanding long, arduous working hours from its employees, particularly investment banking – however, the compensation is famously high. When looking through your resume, banking HR managers will be looking for evidence that you’re an energetic and committed person.
2. Are you an entry-level candidate? Entry-level candidates will need to pull evidence from their academic experiences and internships to impress hiring managers. Generally speaking, investment bankers that get accepted in high-powered firms usually have:
- A bachelor’s degree from a high quality school
- Large amounts of undergraduate credits from subjects like statistics, finance, business administration, and economics
- Large amounts of undergraduate credits from subjects related to valuations, tax law, risk management, and options trading
- Internship experience
3. Are you a professional candidate? If you’re looking to expand beyond the entry-level job you’ve been doing, you may need to invest in an MBA from a high-quality business school. You’ll also need to provide evidence that you’re skilled at:
- Examining industry research
- Building financial valuation models
- Producing high quality investment presentation models
- Have an ability to communicate and persuade
- Quickly forecasting and writing up reports
Investment banking is a field where numbers are king, and achievements are obvious (as are failures!) Your resume should be packed with numerical information detailing how much money you’ve saved and earned your company, and highlighting the areas where your research and advocacy created areas of growth for the company
In the next section, we'll explain the different sections of a banking resume. Take a short break and watch this clip first. Is this what you do all day?
Include the following section in your banking resume:
1. Contact Details: In this section, simply include your first and last name, your permanent address, your telephone number, your email address, and optionally, your LinkedIn profile.
2. Career Objective: Are you an entry-level banking applicant? Talk about your education and how you’d like to apply your skills in a new workplace. Are you already a professional banker? Emphasize the number of years you’ve been working, and the skills you’ve acquired, and how they’ll synergize to help you achieve your career objective. This section should only be two sentences long. So write it concisely and neatly. Don’t include every single skill you’ve picked up, edit it down to the critical, impressive ones ESPECIALLY if you know that they’d be useful for the job/company you’re applying for. Always keep the company’s goals in mind.
3. Professional Experience: The hiring managers will pick this section to death, so make it unassailable. Banking involves numbers, and therefore your resume should contain numerical information. Hopefully you’ve been tracking the monetary benefits you’ve brought to your company. Consider using your financial successes as achievement milestones – but more on that later. Here’s how to begin.
- You’re a mortgage provider; did you have a quota you had to stay within when providing mortgages?
- You’re a banking customer service clerk in a popular main street bank, how many customers did you deal with? Did you meet any customer satisfaction rates?
- You’re an investment banker, how large were your investment portfolios? Did you increase return-on-investment?
Once you have the answers to those questions – or similar ones more related to your workplace, you can begin writing your professional experience job description bullet points. Always begin each bullet point with a verb phrase, followed by the duty/task performed. For instance, “Managed three $400,000 investments portfolios, with an average 14% return on investment.”
It’s verb phrased, it’s quantified, it’s going to get you hired. Always make the first bullet point your most impressive/difficult achievement. Make sure you are doing all of this in the reverse chronological format.
4. Education Section: An entry-level banking candidate should put this section before professional experience (even if they have had internships.) Anyone who has graduated or attended college should leave out their high schools.
Here is the basic information you should include.
- College Name
- College Location
- Date of Graduation
- GPA (if at or above 3.5/4)
Entry-level candidates should also include relevant coursework, extra-curricular activities, clubs, and memberships. The goal is communicate that you’re an active participant in the community, and therefore a more trustworthy person. A shining educational section can help you stand out from the competition and land interviews that others miss.
5. Additional Skills: In this section, simply list any skills that you’ve gained along the way either in the professional world, or as a student. Some software that bankers are often skilled at include: MS Office Suite, Quickbooks, and Sopra. Any communication skills, accounting knowledge, business, and marketing skills should also be placed here.
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