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IBA Member Spotlight: Jazzlinn Turner

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Last Updated: 8/26/2020 2:58 PM

Turner Leaves Retail, Finds ‘Rewarding Career’ in Banking

Word of mouth can be a powerful thing. Jazzlinn Turner learned that firsthand six years ago. She was working in retail and looking for a new career. On the advice of two friends who worked at Bankers Trust, she applied for a position at a branch in West Des Moines. She got the job, which quickly turned into a career with room to grow.

Today, Turner is a relationship banker at Bankers Trust, working on her next goal of being promoted to assistant manager. “Banking is fast-paced and challenging, yet a rewarding career,” she said. “There is so much to learn and knowledge to obtain.”

How did you get into banking as a career?  
I began my banking career in 2014. Prior to that, I was working in retail. While looking for a new career path, I had two close friends at Bankers Trust who raved about how much they loved their jobs. After reviewing the open positions online, I applied. I began my career at our West Des Moines location as a consumer service representative. One year later, I was promoted to a relationship banker. I am currently located in our Clive location as a relationship banker, working towards my next goal to become an assistant manager.

Prior to your current role, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had, and what lesson did it teach you that you still use today?
In high school, I worked as a lifeguard/assistant manager for our local aquatic center and learned how to provide great service and developed problem-solving skills. These have helped me to act promptly and efficiently in solving different situations that may arise.

What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career? *
Banking is fast-paced and challenging, yet a rewarding career! There is so much to learn and knowledge to obtain. In banking, you receive professional training and development opportunities to grow.

How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
The IBA provides great services to banks all around Iowa. They provide continuing education programs, online training, conferences for learning opportunities and so much more. IBA has a program that I am looking forward to attend in the future to continue my education in Banking.

When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
I enjoy spending time with my two boys! Everyday is a new adventure with them, we love spending our time outdoors — parks, trails, sidewalk chalk, basketball, bike rides, pools — the list could go on!

What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.

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