Managing your Post COVID Banking Career in 5 Steps:
The COVID has created an interesting workplace dynamic and in many cases made it more difficult to be recognized for your hard work and efforts especially if you have been working remote. It has never been more important to have a plan to manage your banking career. Our 5-steps will help you manage your career regardless of the current doom and gloom crisis. No matter what, there will always be a demand for Top Talent.
Let’s help you stay on track with building a great Banking career. Here are 5 steps to help you manage your career in the Community Banking industry:
Step 1-Do NOT Believe the Hype. The economy is struggling and the COVID is serious, but it is not going to kill us all, nor are we heading into a depression anytime soon. A quick search on Indeed this morning shows nearly 50,000 open positions with the word “banking” in the description or title. The number one complaint we here from bank CEO’s and HR executives in Banking is they have a hard time finding people to join them early in their career. There are banking jobs out there, onto Step 2;
Step 2-Find those 50,000 JOBS plus more. This one is right up your alley-get all over Social Media, not Snap Chat, or Facebook. Get active and build an outstanding LinkedIn, and Indeed profile. This is just as important as a high-quality resume;
Step 3-Get on the PHONE. Get networked and start taking to people about you and what you bring to the table. This is where you need to be social, not sending emails, texts, or snaps. Pick up the cell phone and make introductions. Yes, this is scary but it can be very helpful in getting you a face to face meeting;
Step 4-Get VISIBLE. Find the banks you want to work for and “be where they are”. This means get in front of them, where they work and network. There are bank associations in nearly every state, call them and introduce yourself to every person on the staff. After that call, follow up with a handwritten note or card. Yes, that is “old school”, but it works and appeals to people of other generations that were raised on the value of good old-fashioned hand-written cards and letters;
Step 5-Get HELP-Get help from professionals that serve the community banking space. Who are these people? They are Centers of Influence-these are people that call into the banking industry and work closely with community banks in helping them succeed. Some examples of COI’s-Investment Banker’s, Attorney’s, Recruiter’s to name a few.
For more information on how to position yourself for a career in community banking, contact Brian Rhonemus at Rhonemus Group firstname.lastname@example.org