Are You Making the 5 Most Common Resume Mistakes?

Not long ago, we posted some tips for writing an effective financial or accounting resume to our website. Because we know these are always popular and important topics, we thought we would continue by adding another list of items to watch out for.

So, here are the five most common financial resume mistakes we have seen as Montréal accounting recruiters:

1. Typos and grammatical errors. It’s certainly acceptable to use fragments, acronyms, and other bits of broken English on your financial resume. Anything that stands out as an obvious error, however, is going to make people take you less seriously as a professional – and might even stop you from being considered for a position altogether. With that in mind, give your accounting resume a good proofread and consider having colleagues look it over before you actually send it to an employer.

2. Errors and omissions. In some positions and organizations, failing to disclose previous work experience can be sufficient to rescind a job offer. And no matter what kind of company you’re applying to, it’s important your financial resume is 100% accurate. As important as it is to put your best skills and strengths forward, there’s nothing to be gained, and a lot to be lost, by stretching the truth.

3. Missing keywords. To deal with the huge number of accounting resume submissions most companies are receiving these days, many screen candidates by scanning their resumes for important keywords and phrases. The more of these you have on your resume that are relevant to your skills and experience, the more likely you are to get noticed amongst the dozens of other candidates.

4. Bland, generic resumes. While the financial and accounting fields tend to be more conservative than other industries are, there is still some room for variation and expression on your financial resume. The point of having one is to be noticed by employers and asked to interview. That’s difficult to accomplish if your accounting resume looks exactly like everyone else’s.

5. Not having things like references and salary requirements ready. One of the easiest ways to make any project a success is to simply be prepared for success. Assume that your resume is going to do its job and you’ll soon be asked to submit follow-up documents or interview for the job. Having that mindset will help you keep all of your paperwork in order and be ready to take the next step.

Want to know more about current Montréal job openings in the financial and accounting fields? Talk to a recruiter at Exceleris today, and we’ll be happy to let you know what kind of opportunities are out there.

contact@exceleris.com

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About the Author: Dejan Ristic

In 2004, I founded Exceleris. In addition to managing all recruitment aspects of Exceleris, I have consulted (as CFO or in similar roles) with a number of technology companies (both publicly traded and venture funded start-ups)....