If you are a financial or accounting professional who is looking to take your career to the next level, you’ll need an accounting resume that communicates your accountancy expertise powerfully and persuasively.
Give your accounting resume an impact by speaking to the employer’s needs. Note key words in the job ad or description and use a profile or summary that highlights your most relevant accountant skills.
There’s an important consequence to drafting your resume in this way: it will be seen as relevant and targeted and you will be directly answering the specifics of the job ad or description. But it also means that you need to tailor each resume to a particular job application.
Start by looking at the job specification that has been posted and make a careful note of key words. As you go through this exercise, make note of the ways in which your skills and experience respond to those requirements. This will provide a large part of the content of your resume.
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Some employers like to see a resume objective at the top of a resume simply because they are used to seeing it and because it gives them an idea of the professional focus of the applicant.
But the problem with an objective statement on a resume is that it tends to be all about YOU and not about how you can serve the hirer’s needs. A better approach might be to head up your resume with a profile or skills summary in which you highlight the aspects of your background that you think will be of greatest interest and use in the job for which you would like to be interviewed. See an example of a skills summary on this sample accounting resume.
What areas of experience might you highlight? For example, perhaps you have a background in areas like these:
- taxation – working with the IRS and state taxes
- general accounting – reconciling internal accounts, reconciling / analyzing balance sheets, book keeping, preparing journal entries
- reporting – preparation of financial statements and reports
- payroll and deductions management
- budgeting – managing budgets, creating budgeting templates
- cash management – recording receipts and cash activity in a general ledger
- using accountancy software – such as Excel speadsheets, Quickbooks, PeopleSoft, Oracle, Peachtree or Deltek GCS Premier
Aspects of your experience like these which are particularly important for the job you are chasing might be given prominence in your skills summary or objective.
It will be useful to give evidence of other valuable working talents you have demonstrated in your previous employment. In the field of accountancy, you might want to emphasize qualities such as:
- your attention to detail and precision
- your analytical abilities
- your aptitude for multi-tasking
- your problem solving skills
Don’t forget to show ways in which you have brought value to previous roles, particularly where you have shown initiative or independence, pioneered new methods, saved money, devised profitable schemes, shown qualities of leadership or teamwork, and otherwise contributed to your employer’s bottom line.
Education, Training and Professional Affiliations
- Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, Finance or a related field?
- Are you a Certified Public Accountant? If so, you might even choose to put the initials CPA by your name at the top of the resume for extra prominence
- Do you have an MBA – or are you an MBA candidate?
- Have you taken part in a management training program?
- Do you have any professional affiliations, such as the AICPA?
Your Resume Layout
Consider which format will work best for your work history. Employers often expect to see the reverse chronological format, as a clear and easily navigable guide to your career progress.
But there can be situations in which the so-called ‘hybrid resume’ can be helpful – in which you group clusters of skills and list the order of your jobs separately. This might be a good approach if, for example, you have spent all or nearly all your career working your way up in one company and do not wish to repeat lists of accountant responsibilities that were relevant to each role you had.
The Importance Of Good Presentation
If you have laid stress in your resume or cover letter to your meticulous attention to detail as a key accounting skill, don’t spoil the effect by allowing typos and mistakes of spelling to go uncorrected! Ask a reliable friend to proof read your text before you mail or email your application.