Clerk

Clerk

A Bank Clerk, also known as the teller, is a financial service professional. He / She serves as the primary point of contact for most bank customers, administering basic banking transactions and answering most questions. This role is seen as an entry-level position.

Job Responsibilities

A Bank Clerk accepts deposits and cashes checks, paying money to customers after validating the signatures on the check and fund availability.

1. When handling withdrawals, He / She verifies customer signatures and also examines their photo identification to ensure the validity.

2. He / She records all transactions made by entering notes into the bank’s computer system, accepts loan payments on behalf of her employer’s lending department.

3. He / She answers all customer questions and resolves any issues or problems with their accounts, referring the issue to the branch manager if necessary.

4. He / She promotes and educates customers on the bank’s products and services, such as credit cards, money market accounts and individual retirement accounts (IRAs).

5. He / She also ensures that the balance of her money drawer is accurate.

There are various other clerical roles you could be involved in as a bank clerk to help keep the bank in order. Just like any other business, banks need help with general tasks, such as data entry, filing, mail handlers, and messengers. As a bank clerk, you could be separated into one of the following:

Interest Clerk: Recording interest owed to saving accounts customers and interest owed to the bank from loans and other investments.

Loan Clerk: Recording and organizing loan information.

Statement Clerk: Preparing the monthly balance sheets of checking account customers.

Exchange Clerk: Working on international accounts, translating foreign currency into pounds sterling and vice versa.

Security Clerk: Recording, filing and looking after stocks, bonds, and other investment documents.

Bookkeeping Clerk: Taking care of records for each customer’s account.

Required studies and skills

Usually, a bank clerk will need not only college but also a superior education level, which can be any faculty related to the economic field (Economics, Finances, Marketing, Management, Accountability etcetera).

Educational Requirements

To gain employment as a bank clerk, a candidate must possess a degree or equivalent. While not typically required, employers tend to favor those who possess or are working toward a four-year degree, preferably in accounting, finance or a related field of study. He must also show an aptitude for mathematics, as well an understanding of the use of computers and other electronic equipment.

To be a good bank clerk, you must have:

  • The ability to work neatly and accurately
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Good numeracy and calculation skills
  • Good IT skills and computer literacy
  • An honest and trustworthy nature
  • A good attention to detail

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