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As you consider an opportunity with Bank of America, you should spend some time developing or updating your resume. Your resume offers you a chance to market your skills, abilities, accomplishments and experience. A good resume defines your qualifications as a job candidate and provides the hiring manager with a favorable first impression of you.
Regardless of the position you are interested in, the starting points for building your resume are the same:
- Determine the job or types of jobs you are interested in and research the responsibilities and qualifications of those positions.
- Think about why you can do the job and make a list of your skills that are relevant to the job.
- Identify experiences and accomplishments that show your proficiency in the skills required for the job.
- Summarize your abilities, accomplishments and skills to a brief, concise document.
Do's and Dont's
As you develop your resume, keep these in mind:
Do be brief. Resumes should be 1-2 pages in length.
Do be upbeat and active in your wording.
Do emphasize what you have done clearly and concretely.
Do be neat and well-organized.
Do have others proofread and critique your resume. Spell-check the document. Make it error-free.
Don't be dishonest; always tell the truth about yourself in the most flattering light.
Don't include salary history or requirements.
Don't include references.
Don't include accomplishments that do not support your professional goals.
Don't include anything that isn't relevant. (For example, don't mention your fondness for swimming unless you want to work on the water.)
Don't use italics, underlining, shadows or other fancy treatments.
Parts of a Resume
Try to limit the information you include into these categories:
- Personal Information
- Summary of Qualifications and Specialized Skills
- Significant Work Experience
- Professional Membership and Organizational Affiliations
Interviewing should not be viewed as a frightening ordeal. It is your opportunity to learn more about the position, while the interviewer learns about you.
Interviewing is a process. One of the biggest advantages you can have in interviewing is understanding the process. Use the following steps to help you further your competitive advantage. Invest some time before your interview and you will approach the event with more confidence.
7 Steps to a Successful Interview
- Anticipate - Put yourself in the interviewer's position. What do you believe the interviewer is most interested in? Why do you think you have been invited to interview?
- Research - What are the primary functions of the line of business? What are the success factors for the job? Is there a job description available?
- Assess - Think about your skills, abilities, knowledge, interests, traits, values and accomplishments. Match them to what you know about the job. Consider which ones you should highlight.
- Prepare Answers - Think about questions the interviewer may ask, determine what the best answers are and write it all down.
- Prepare Questions - Interviewing is a two-way street. By asking thoughtful questions, you communicate your interest and learn a lot about the job. Avoid asking questions about vacation time, breaks, etc.
- Practice - It may seem awkward, but it is the best way to come across well in an interview. Practice your own "great responses" with others or in front of a mirror until you appear relaxed and at ease.
- Follow-up - Send a brief follow-up email to the interviewer. Since many job searchers will not send follow-up emails it can be a competitive advantage.
The Application Process
- Candidates apply for positions in which they are interested and have the experience and skills required for the job as detailed in the job description.
- Our recruiters review resumes and identify those candidates whose skills and experiences best match the job requirements.
- Some positions require assessments during the selection process. If this applies to you, you will be notified and provided instructions.
- The most qualified candidates move forward to the interview process.
Note: Candidates not selected to continue in the hiring process for a particular job opening are encouraged to continue to search the Bank of America Careers site and continue to apply for other positions that fit their skills and experience.
What to expect if you have been identified to move forward in the process.
- The interview/screening process varies with each opportunity. The recruiter will communicate the process and interview timeline and details.
What to expect if you are offered a job.
- You will be required to complete an I-9 form prior to your designated start date to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States.
- The bank will initiate a background check prior to your start date.
- Applicants may be asked to participate in a short online survey as part of Bank of America's participation in a federal tax credit incentive program.
- Individuals being hired to support certain lines of business may also be required to complete additional compliance checks prior to the start date (e.g., motor vehicle record check, license verification or HUD-related checks).