Once you have met the bank teller qualifications, there are a number of ways to find a teller job.
Find A Job On The InternetThe easiest way is to go to the bank's website and see what positions are available and apply on-line. If there are not any bank teller positions available, you can still submit your resume and the bank will keep it on file for a period of time. It is always a good idea to check back with the bank from time to time just to keep your name in front of them and to show that you are really interested in working for them. Persistence pays off!
Find A Job At A Branch
When it comes time to finding a bank teller job, chances are you have an idea of which bank you would like to work for. I recommend taking your resume into a branch of the bank that you would be interested in working for and talking to the branch manager. There is quite a bit of turnover of tellers (for various reasons) and chances are there is an existing opening or they know of an upcoming opening and will be thrilled to have you in the pool of applicants to choose from. Make sure when you go in to speak to the manager that you are dressed as though you are going in for an interview. First impressions are very important!
Timing is also important. Don’t go in to a branch to speak with a manager on a busy day which is typically the first and third day of the month, the last day of the month, Fridays, or times that are known to be busy such as lunch hours, and the first and last hour of the day. The branch manager is very busy so don’t have expectations that they are going to interview you right then and there. You will gain their respect if you are respectful and considerate of them and their time.
Do not press them for an interview when you drop off your bank teller resume. Give the manager time to review it. If you haven’t heard from them within a week, give them a call. Be professional. Ask them if they have had an opportunity to review your resume and if so, ask if you are being considered for the bank teller position. If they indicate that you are being considered, let them know that you are very interested in the teller job and are anxious to speak to them in person. The manager will then either set up a time for an interview or let you know that they will be calling you back to set up the interview.
If they indicate that you are not being considered, let them know that you are very interested in a teller position and would appreciate an opportunity to talk to them in person. Indicate that you are interested in learning more about what their idea of an ideal teller candidate is and how you could improve your chances of any future opportunities that might arise.
I also recommend making a point of doing some of your bank transaction inside the bank and establish a rapport with some of the tellers. Ask them what they like and don’t like about their jobs and ask how they got started in their teller career. Most people would be more than happy to talk to you about how they got their start as long as they don’t have other customers waiting or other duties they need to perform.
Find A Position At A Job Fair
Job fairs are another good way to get your face and name in front of a recruiter or hiring manager. I would highly recommend dressing as though you were going to an interview, be clean and well groomed and have extra copies of your resume with you. Go to the job fair prepared. Know something about the companies that are going to be there. Be prepared with answers for the basic questions like “Why do you want to work for us?” and “What would you like me to know about you?” (For more interview questions, see the section on sample bank teller interview questions.)
Find A Job Through An Internship
Doing an internship is another way for you to get your foot in the door and find a teller job at your desired bank. Check with the Human Resources department for internship opportunities. Keep in mind that some internship’s are paid and some aren’t. Accepting an unpaid internship may not seem to make good financial sense, but think about your long term goals. If it gets you closer to your career of choice, it would be well worth it!