Creating a great resume in the banking industry can be just as stressful as trying to find a great one (with a great person attached to it). There is so much to think about, and it can quickly get overwhelming. It is the first impression a prospective employer gets of you, and it’s so important to make sure that you set the right tone. Here are a few tips and hints that will help set your banking resume apart from the crowd.
Awards & Special Achievements
Be sure to include any awards or notable achievements on your resume. It’s easy to think to yourself, “they will make my resume too long,” or “why do they care if I earned an award for my volunteerism?” I’m here to tell you, whatever that negative talk looks like in your head, stop it. This is one of the biggest keys a potential boss gets into finding out who you really are, so don’t hold back! Celebrate your accomplishments while giving a little insight into who you are along the way.
This is your mission statement of sorts. If you could sum up your passion for your career into just a sentence or two, make it count here. The objective is your opportunity to truly grab your audience quickly and make the best first impression. Did you know that many hiring managers read through only objective lines before deciding to proceed further or not? (Click here for some great objective statement examples!)
Banks love to see relevant degree/certification information on a resume. Be specific, and remember to add any additional courses or certificates you have earned. Education is often used as the tiebreaker if it comes down to a bank having to choose between two very evenly matched candidates.
In the end, write your resume with the intention of making yourself stand out from the crowd. Put genuine thought and effort into this, and it will shine through. In the end, it may just end up being what gets you that interview you have been hoping for!
If you’ve got your resume in hand, ready to take the next step in your banking career, contact me! Let’s get you out on the market and on your way to your next position.