When we apply for a job in order to (re)start our career or change companies, reading the job requirements is always the first step. Here we tell you the skills in high demand in the banking industry.

Some reasons people start job-hunting are working different hours, earning a higher salary, gaining experience, taking on new roles and seeing what skills are in demand in their industry.

Nowadays, the Internet has become an excellent channel for public and private entities of all sizes and types to post job vacancies and even run hiring processes. With automatic filters, they can choose profiles according to their needs and call applicants for an in-person or online interview. 

What requirements must I meet to land a job at a bank?

While banks' job postings may have some particularities, they’re not all that different from ones posted by non-banking companies. They usually require:

  • Experience: It’s the desired background and length of service in a given field.  We can often find job postings that say how much time an applicant must have worked in a particular role. Job vacancies to work in finance, analysis and control usually require banking experience.

  • Education: Required or desired studies in order to apply. Amid banks’ growing demand for science, tech, engineering and maths (STEM) profiles, they’re seeking more applicants with university degrees in computer science, economics, statistics and similar fields to join teams like Data Science and Analytics.

  • Languages: Because many international companies work in English, their job postings point out a vacancy’s required or desired language level, which Human Resources departments test applicants on. 

  • Digital tools: This requirement is becoming more common in job postings aside from cybersecurity and other technology-related roles. Marketing and communication roles also demand applicants know how to use special programs for things like image processing, web analysis, and design and user experience. And a working knowledge of big data software is often a must in order to join risk management, governance and internal audit teams. 

  • Soft skills: Banks aren’t only interested in applicants’ education or work background; they also want employees who can work well with others, problem-solve, be creative, show resilience, adapt to change and innovate.

Banks also tend to mention a job’s regular tasks, duties and salary, which can differ for every profile they seek. 

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