Having a job as a bank teller is a fantastic job to have for several reasons. For starters, you get to work with the public. If you are a people person, this is great. You get to converse with a variety of people and help them with their finances. You can, for example, let them know about other opportunities in the bank that they may not be aware of. Opportunities to make more money in a certificate of deposit or money market account, perhaps a no fee Visa (if one is offered) would benefit them or perhaps suggest how to use the equity in their home with a home equity loan, just to name a few. If you are not a people person, then this is definitely not the job for you.
Another advantage is that you get to work inside a nice dry and warm office in the winter and a nice cool and dry office in the summer. This may not seem like a big deal until you have a job working in the elements. The rain, snow, sleet and sun can be torture unless you get a perfect 75 degree day and for most of the country, those days are few and far between.
Working as a bank teller comes with a lot of responsibility. Because you are working with other people’s money, you have to be trustworthy and a person of integrity. Not just anyone can pass the screening tests and be bonded. As you can imagine, the bank goes to a lot of trouble and expense to ensure their employees can be trusted with large sums of money. The bank does not want to take any unnecessary losses and lose credibility with the public. The bank doesn’t want to see its name in the newspaper talking about how an unscrupulous employee embezzled thousands of dollars or how an employee helped with a bank heist.
Banks are known for having good benefits. Not only do they offer medical and dental coverage, but they also typically offer tuition reimbursement. If you are going to college or thinking about going back to college, having the bank pay for a portion of your tuition can really help out your budget. Speaking of college students, teller jobs are great for college students who have flexible schedules and are available for working on Saturdays and extended hours at in-store branches.
Another great thing about working for a bank is that it opens doors to opportunities outside the bank. Customers who have had an opportunity to see you in action and have liked what they saw, may let you know of opportunities in their organization. Not only that, but should you ever seek employment outside the bank, listing on your resume that you have worked at the bank will give you a great deal of credibility. Bank tellers are known for being honest, trustworthy, dependable, accurate, ethical and responsible. These are the attributes most employers are looking for in a long-term employee and having experience working as a bank teller will most likely give you the advantage over your competition.