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Your resume is generally your first chance to make a good impression with a prospective employer, so take the time to craft it with care. Although each resume is unique to its writer, there are some basic formatting and writing practices that can help you stand out among a crowd of applicants. Use our teller resume template for Word and the following tips to learn how to use a summary statement, skills section, work history section and education section to best showcase your skills and experience.
Writing Your Summary Statement
Your summary statement should be at the top of your document, right after your personal information header. Make the most of this front and center section by using it to hook your reader. Highlight your professional title as well as any skills you have that match up well with the job description you are responding to. Use our teller resume template for Word as a guide, and remember the following:
• Be specific, but concise
• Emphasize what a great fit you are for the position in question by incorporating relevant keywords
• Don’t try to cram your entire work history into the summary statement; instead, use it to highlight skills and accomplishments you can expand on later in your work history section
Wondering how to effectively incorporate just the highlights? Consider the following examples:
Front-line teller with five years of experience working in a busy financial center. Professional, personable and goal-oriented. Extremely well organized and precise when processing transactions.
Experienced bank teller with an eye for detail and a heart for customer service. Five years’ progressive responsibility in a regional credit union. Honest and dependable.
Enthusiastic bank teller with five years’ experience in a busy downtown banking center. Customer service oriented and accurate. Quick learner of software systems, company procedures and customer names.
• Five years’ experience
Writing Your Skills Section
Your skills section should be more in-depth than your summary statement but still concise. Think of it as a way of giving your prospective employer an overview of your qualifications and a preview of what’s to come in your experience section. There’s no need to use complete sentences or create a narrative in your skills section. Follow the example in the teller resume template for Word, and keep the following in mind:
• Always use keywords from the job description if possible
• Use bullets or a table to organize your information
• Don’t refer to yourself in the third person
If you need some ideas about what to include in this section, look at this list of top teller skills and see if any apply to you:
• Proficiency in accounting and database software
• Personal customer service and selling skills
• Applied understanding of mathematics
• Confidence working with the public
• Problem-solving ability
• Record-keeping skills
Writing Your Work History Section
Your experience, or work history, section should be a reverse-chronological list of your prior work experience. Sounds simple, right? Don’t breeze through writing your work history section just because it seems like a straightforward task. Read the corresponding section of the teller resume template for Word and the following guidelines before you start writing.
• Be brief and truthful in all of your work experience entries
• Focus on what you accomplished, rather than on your daily duties, and use numbers to quantify your accomplishments whenever possible
• For each entry, list the name of your previous employer, the dates you were employed and the city and state location of the job
• Don’t include the names of your previous supervisors or your reasons for leaving
• Use action words when describing previous accomplishments
Need some examples of what all that looks like in real life? Read on.
• Developed a plan to memorize the names and personal details of regular customers by their third visit
• Advanced to senior teller in one year instead of the average three years
• Developed an organization system for MICR toners and check paper to reduce customer wait time by 50 percent
• Coached new tellers on drive through and main window procedures
Writing Your Education Section
As a bank teller, your education can boost your career chances. Although you may be able to do the job with a basic high school education, having some college experience may help you stand out from other applicants and may also help you advance once you get the job. To find out more about how to list your education, check the teller resume template for Word and keep the following in mind:
• List any relevant education, beginning with your college degree if you have one
• Include any seminars or other trainings that pertain to the job or the industry, even if you didn’t earn college credit
• To include college classes you took but didn’t earn a degree or diploma for, list them as coursework and mention the department
Associate of Arts in General Studies – 2010
Grays Harbor College – Aberdeen, WA
Courses included: Principles of Accounting, Interpersonal Communication
Best Ever Tax Prep’s Income Tax Preparer Certification – 2011