The cover letter template pack on this page is for a bank teller with a wealth of experience. The candidate is seeking a managerial position with at a bank. The cover letter below has been written based on the professionally-written bank teller resume hosted on our website.
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The cover letters below are based on the bank teller resume sample on the left. Click on the image to get tips on how to write a resume that compliments your cover letter.
The bank teller cover letter below directly acknowledges specific points in the employer’s job description. For instance, the candidate uses targeted bullet points to demonstrate their ability to work without supervision. Use the following samples to help you format your own cover letter.
[341 Company Address
Company City, State, xxxxx
Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. [Hiring Manager’s Name],
I’m thrilled to be applying for the open bank teller position at [Bank Name], which I saw your job posting on [Website Name]. The posting indicated that you’re looking for an experienced bank teller with excellent customer service and math skills, who will not require training. With over 10 years of experience as a bank teller, I’m pleased to say that I fit the bill perfectly.
Although my resume goes into more detail, allow me to show you three bullet points that I think reflect the needs of your bank, as outlined by your job description. Specifically, you mentioned needing an experienced bank teller that is efficient but detailed, and has the ability to work immediately without supervision. With that in mind, here are some of my relevant achievements:
- Process 25+ customer transactions per hour with extreme attention to detail
- Respond to customer account inquiries totaling 130+ weekly accounts
- Balance Automated Teller Machines, Teller Cash Dispensers, Teller Cash Recyclers, often totaling more than $100,000
Furthermore, as part of my current role at E&G Bank I have been trusted with training two bank tellers, one junior, and one senior. The senior teller will replace me in my current position within the month, which is when I will be moving to Arizona. I would love to have the opportunity to continue providing my services as a bank teller with [Bank Name], and demonstrate my value as an employee.
With my 10 years of bank teller experience and ability to train new employees, I firmly believe that I am the candidate you are looking for. I look forward to discussing this position with you in more detail. I will be able to satisfy any questions you have about my prior experience and demonstrate that I’ll be a valuable asset for your bank.
You might have heard that investment banks and other big financial services companies simply won’t have time to read your cover letter. That might be true, but an experienced recruiter will be able to detect a bad covering letter at a glance. So for large companies, while it might not matter so much if you craft the perfect cover letter, a noticeably poor cover letter will certainly scupper your chances.
A cover letter for a banking, finance or accountancy firm is a professional document, which should, in essence, be a sales pitch to accompany your CV. It’s your chance to sell yourself as a strong candidate for the role. That means recruiters don’t want to hear your sob story; they are much more interested in: who you are, what you’ve done and whether or not you have the skills for the job. It’s as simple as that.
Keep it short…
Since most employers in the banking, finance and accountancy sector will (most likely) only glance at your cover letter, you need to keep it short. By short, we mean one side of A4 maximum and certainly no more than 500 words.
Most banking and finance companies are pretty strait-laced, so you’ll need to make sure your cover letter is written in a professional and formal manner. At the same time, try to stem the impulse to clog your cover letter with financial jargon and business speak, although you might want to consider using a few carefully chosen buzzwords.
Tailor it to the company…
An example of a bad cover letter is one where the applicant has made no attempt to tailor it to the company they are writing to. It’s the job application equivalent of saying to the employer you simply CBA. Believe us! Recruiters will be on the lookout for any formulaic applications where it’s obvious that the applicant has sent the same letter to multiple companies. More often than not, these letters will go straight in the bin.
So to fast-track your application to the “we’d be mad not to interview them” pile, you need to make sure you tailor your cover letter to each company and each job you apply for. Research the job to find out exactly what it will involve. Scour the company literature to suss out what makes them different from their competitors and to get a sense of their company culture.
Don’t write anything until you have properly read the job advert and researched the company. You should be able to identify the key things (keywords) the company is looking for and what they value in their employees.
How to structure your cover letter…
For the majority of banking and finance employers, communication skills will be in their shortlist of desired attributes. They’ll want someone who can communicate coherently and write in a logical fashion. Send them a rambling, unstructured covering letter and they might doubt your ability to communicate. So pay close attention to the structure of your cover letter. We’ve put together a suggestion for how you might want to structure your cover letter below:
Addressing your cover letter
As it is a formal letter, your address and the name and address of recipient should be at the top of the letter. If you are emailing the cover letter, put the cover letter in the body of the email and omit the addresses. You should also attempt to find out the name of the person who will be receiving the cover letter, so you can address it to them directly.
A cover letter is also an introductory letter. The first paragraph is an ideal place to tell the recruiter who you are and why you are writing. Mention the role you are applying to and how you heard about the job (particularly if you were referred by a mutual acquaintance). Give a unique reason why you would be great for the role.
It certainly doesn’t hurt to do a subtle bit of wooing in your cover letter, so here you might want to state why you want to work for the company in particular. Try to come up with a reason that sounds genuine and unique. A little bit of enthusiasm and interest in the role certainly wouldn’t go amiss either.
Employers don’t care that you can stack 20 cups in ten seconds or that you can mould your belly button fluff into a precise replica of the Olympic torch. Ultimately, they want to know that you have the skills to do the job. Consequently, in this paragraph, you might want to showcase the relevant skills you have for the job.
Isolate the key attributes they are looking for by scouring the job advert or reading up on company literature. Then show them that you have their desired attributes by drawing upon examples of previous work experience, your degree or any relevant extracurricular work.
The final (very brief) paragraph can be used to tie up loose ends or cover any practical issues such as availability for interview.
You should end the letter “Yours sincerely” if it’s being sent to a named person; if you haven’t managed to find out a name then use: “Yours faithfully” followed by your name.
Proofread your cover letter…
One sure-fire way of getting your cover letter unceremoniously dumped straight into the rubbish bin is to send in a letter riddled with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Double check, nay triple check your cover letter. Get your mum, friends, granny, dog to read over the letter, looking for any typos or schoolboy errors.
Pay attention to the formatting as well. Make sure it is clearly laid out and use a sensible font (if they’re likely to read it onscreen, use a font designed to be read on a screen, such as Verdana or Helvetica).
So there you have it: a basic guide to knocking the socks off banking, finance and accountancy employers with your well-crafted cover letters. There’s only one thing left for you to do now: crack on with them!