CLEVELAND — As Northeast Ohio works to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic, we're keeping our promise: To help connect you to job opportunities. Fifth Third Bank is the 14th largest bank in the United States, according to the Federal Reserve.
Its headquarters is in Cincinnati and has a lot of openings right now in Northeast Ohio, but things are really busy in the mortgage division.
"In the simplest terms, I help get people their mortgage for their new home," said Steve Greenwald, a mortgage loan officer at Fifth Third Bank.
Mortgage interest rates have fallen steeply since the start of the pandemic and many experts believe they'll stay at or near historic lows through the end of the year. That means a lot of people are refinancing or purchasing homes right now.
"Not uncommon to work 10, 11, 12, 13 hours a day," said Greenwald. "Plus, some weekends."
He has been doing this since 1993.
"Problem-solving is probably one of the most critical things we need to do," he said about being a loan officer. "We need to be able to pivot on a dime."
He also says it's critical you have good knowledge about real estate, financing and guidelines.
Along with the satisfaction of helping people, Greenwald says he loves the company.
"We have a pretty cool culture here at Fifth Third Bank; inclusion and diversity, team playing and teamwork," he said.
LaToya Smith is the bank's talent acquisition manager, and she points to the opportunities for growth. She has been with Fifth Third Bank for 21 years.
"What keeps me here are those forward-thinking leaders, and what also keeps me here is that I have a voice," she said.
Smith says interviews are done virtually right now. She says her main advice to shine: Just be yourself.
"We love to keep in touch with those individuals who we know would be a good fit for our organization," she said. "It's all about network and relationship building. Keep positive and visualize what it is that you want to materialize."
So, here are the details. Fifth Third Bank is hiring for its retail banking centers to the mortgage and commercial divisions. The company is looking for tech-savvy people too. Positions are entry-level all the way up to very skilled. There is a range of salaries, but Fifth Third Bank says its minimum wage starts at $18 an hour.
Click here to apply and see available careers.
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