Accounting is a rewarding profession and its future is bright. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is going to be a 10% increase in accounting employment between ’06 and ’26.
We’re sorry to say this but if you’re an aspiring accountant, or looking for a job switch in a top-tier company, being great at accounting is no longer enough. You need to be great at presenting your accounting superpowers on your resume too.
In other words, you need to sell yourself. Put your best foot forward. And most importantly, you need to perfect your resume.This can be a tricky task but with our expert guidance, it is possible.
So let’s begin.
The Fundamentals of an Accounting Resume
Much like any other resume, the principle of resume-writing applies to accountants too.
So when you begin working on your resume, make sure that it has all these sections included in the given listed order:
- Personal Information
- Profile Title
- Key Skills
- Professional Experience
- Certifications (if any)
- Awards & Recognition (if any)
A resume header is nothing but the first thing that goes at the top-most part of your account manager resume.
All you have to do here is put your name. Simple and easy.
This will tell a recruiter that the resume belongs to you.
After the title, comes your personal information. This may sound obvious but don’t go about writing your entire address or multiple contact numbers in this section. Simply write a phone number on which people can reach you, your email Id, and your current address.
A profile title is your latest professional designation. It refers to your current job title in a company. This section is vital in communicating your seniority level in a given company. It is also an indicator of the degree of your professional expertise.
So keep it simple at all costs and do not exaggerate.
Example: if your role in company X is “Senior Accountant”, write it as it is.
Next comes the summary.
It is here that you get a chance to attract the recruiter and advance your prospects.
Whether you make it or break it has a lot to do with how you formulate this section.
Don’t mess this section by highlighting how the company is so great and how you’ve always wanted to join the organization. Instead, touch base with how you can be of value to the company.
Think along the lines of your most relevant career achievements and list them down in this section in the manner listed below. Whatever you do, do not exceed 5 lines or else the recruiter might lose interest.
5+ years experienced Certified Senior Accountant proficient in accounts reconciliation, generating insightful reports, tax compliance, revenue projections, and forecasting profitability. Adept at fulfilling client requirements within the framework and stipulated timeline. Awarded ‘employee of the year in ‘18 and ‘19 for delivering quality work with 100% consistency.
Right next to your summary comes the key skills section.
Think of all the core skills that come with the profession of being an accountant and list them down in this section. Additionally, if you have picked up some extra skills in the duration of your career as an accountant, you can list them down too.
Whatever you do, don’t go overboard.
If you are eyeing for the job of an Accounting Manager, don’t just write down the skills that are expected of this job title when you have zero expertise in them. Why?
Because you will lose all credibility if you’re unable to justify your skills to a recruiter when (and if) called for a face-to-face interview. And that will be embarrassing.
Here comes the most important section of your entire resume.
Your professional experience is the legs on which your career stands. It is extremely important to perfect this section at all costs. Here are some tricks that can help:
- Mention your work experience in reverse chronological order. Begin with the latest work experience and then move towards the older ones.
- Instead of using bulky paragraphs, formulate the highlights of your everyday job using one-liner points. To add a professional touch, begin each point with an action verb. Eg: Formulated, Directed, Engineered, etc.
- Group similar points together and mark the important achievements and figures in bold.
- Talk in numbers. In other words, talk about your achievements and show the impact you have made in the form of achievement figures.
Here’s an example:
- Chaired a team of 5 people & coached them leading to 80% performance enhancement
- Compiled 40+ reports monthly to service 5+ top clients from Europe and Middle-East
- Deployed qualitative approaches to forecast losses/earning with ~99% accuracy
Whether you went to Princeton or a local community college will make all the difference.
Trust us, the subtle details matter especially if you are applying for your first accounting job.
While your academic background may not matter overtime when you have the two Es (expertise and experience) to make up for it, writing down your educational details in your accounting resume can earn you those extra goodie points.
Next comes the certifications section.
This section can be an added advantage if you are competing with someone with the same qualification and experience as you. So do yourself a favor and make sure that you include all your certifications in a standardized format as shown below.
Certification| Certifying Body| Location of the institute| Date
Awards & Recognition
You can mention your awards if you have any under this section.
Being awarded or recognized for your professional contributions in the tender longevity of your career will work wonders for you.
They act as a hallmark of excellence.
As such, you need to brag all about them in your resume.
Remember that you won’t be making an accounting resume in the first place if you were not looking for a job change. And to get the job you are eyeballing, you need to bring your A-game.
So don’t shy away.
This brings us to the end of this article. We hope that this was helpful.
Know that the devil lies in the details. Perfect them, and you’ll have the world (in this case, the job) to your name.
From more information contact Aditya Sharma at firstname.lastname@example.org