How to Put Value in Banking Resumes and Win Banking Positions
Banking is a field that always contains many opportunities, but there are also many applicants, so banking resumes should be constructed so that they stand out from the hundreds of other resumes that applicants usually submit to a single assessor. The key to that is to use a top-down resume writing approach that places professional experience on top, then relevant banking skills obtained over time and education acquired, and then auxiliary skills. Professional experience is the most important in banking resumes, because banking is a tough field that demands problem solving skills and communication skills. The professional experience section is the best place to highlight these skills.
The professional experience section should indicate a brief summary of qualifications and strengths. That summary should last for 1-3 sentences and should be tantalizing to the resume reader’s eye. That summary should state the total length of time the applicant has been working on banking, the specific fields of banking where the applicant has worked, and a brief overview of the best accomplishments of the applicant over his career. The summary should be written very well, because resume readers usually have only less than a minute (by default) to evaluate the resume outwardly, so if an applicant wants a reader to continue reading, then he must capture the reader’s attention by writing a good summary. It’s like writing a catchy slogan.
Numbers, Numbers, Numbers is What Banking Resumes are All About
The accomplishments that should be included in banking resumes should be quantifiable. Banking personnel always deal with numbers day in and day out, and an applicant proves his value by proving by numbers what he has done. For instance, did he reduce costs, and if so, by how much, for how long, and in what way? Did he help generate profits over the course of his banking career, and if so, how much, for how long, and in what way? Numbers, numbers, numbers is the rule. Work experience is listed chronologically, but in writing down work experience, an applicant need not mention the stated responsibilities of past positions. The results accomplished while in each position are more important.
In banking resumes, applicants should include keywords that state their fields of expertise. Such keywords can be the following: budget management, mergers and acquisitions, business valuations, branch operations, investment management, risk management, loan processing, etc. Using keywords can help applicants sort out their experiences well and also help them reveal their skills and their strengths.