Monday, November 9, 2009

Accounting for a Resume

Writing a Resume for accounting can be a little intimidating, but have no fear, it’s easy.

It starts like any other resume, with your:

  • Full Name
  • Address
  • Phone contact
  • E-mail contact

Now, here is a very important part of an accounting resume, the objective statement. Make sure your objectives are clear, concise, correct, complete, and courteous like all your writing should be! But more importantly:

  • Make sure your goals and the companies goals are the same.
  • Be direct and definite with your objective but don’t be forceful or pushy.
  • Don’t be afraid to illustrate a few of your accomplishments or skills if they would benefit the company such as computer ability, experience, or skills such as organization, management, communication or leadership.
  • Be sure to define any specific interests you may have in specific positions or specific duties you would be best able to perform.

After you state your career goal according the 5 C’s (Clear, Concise, Correct, Complete, and Courteous) list briefly your summary of qualification. This list should include no less than 3 but no more than 10 bullet points illustrating your accomplishments. Also, be sure to:

  • Make sure the accomplishments are relevant to the position and illustrate some beneficial quality.
  • Try not to include “minor” accomplishments or small merits.
  • Don’t elaborate on each accomplishment too much, keep it brief.

Next is the really important part, your accounting education. List these entries in reverse chronological order, meaning start with your earliest education and end with your latest.

A listing like this should include:

  • Degree or degrees and major.
  • Your projected date of graduation with an intended degree.
  • Universities attended and location of those universities.
  • Any certifications or licenses related to your degrees or the position

If you have any other accounting skills or experience, list them just below the education section in an area titled, Accounting Skills or Accounting Experience. These entries should:

  • Make your resume outstanding by proving your skill or previous experience.
  • Differentiate you from the other applicants and give you a better chance of getting the job.
  • Emphasize your strong handle on the accounting practice.

Finally, if you have any extra-curricular activities that you feel would be of interest to the interviewer and improve your resume, feel free to include them at the end under a section labeled Activities.

So now you know what’s hot and what’s not in the world of accounting. Good luck and happy hunting!

P.S. Life is better with examples, so below are links to a few of the best.


"Accounting Resume." Accounting Resume. PongoResume. Web. 9 Nov. 2009. .

"Accounting Resume Example." Resume - Free Resume Examples and Cover Letter Samples. Web. 09 Nov. 2009. .

"Accountant Sample Resume, Resume Writing Example, Free Resume Template." Job Bank USA: Employment, Job Search, Careers, Computer Jobs. Web. 09 Nov. 2009. .

Inspirestock. Businessman laughing while looking at banknotes, Low Angle View, Waist Up. Photograph. Jupiter Images. Jupiter Images. Getty Images, 2009. Web. 9 Nov. 2009. .

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