5 Tips for Effective Financial and Accounting Resume Writing

If you are someone looking for a job in the financial or accounting field, you’ve probably already given your resume lots of thought. After all, an effective financial and accounting resume is often your first point of contact with employers – if it says the right things, you’ll likely be interviewed; if not, your chance to be hired will be gone in seconds.

At Exceleris, we often work with job seekers to ensure that they have every possible edge when it comes to finding the right career move. Since we get to meet with employers every day as a financial and accounting recruiter, we get to take a different perspective than a lot of them would have if they were working on their own.

With that in mind, here are our top five tips for creating an effective financial or accounting resume:

1. Be honest and thorough, but without going on too long. There have been a lot of debates over the proper length for a financial resume, and there isn’t any definitive answer. The best advice we can give you is to make sure you mention the highlights of every position, but don’t necessarily feel like you have to go into great depth – that’s what the interview is for. And above all else, make sure that what you put on your resume is accurate.

2. Give specific details. Go through your accounting resume line by line to ensure that you’re being as specific as possible. Make sure employers can scan the page and easily understand what skills you bring to the table, and precisely what kinds of experience you have, with the details and/or numbers to back it up.

3. Emphasize responsibility, not just performance. At a certain point in your financial or accounting career, employers aren’t going to want someone who’s just reliable, but a leader as part of their executive or management team. Let them see the potential in you by emphasizing steps you have taken to add to your responsibilities in the past.

4. Let employers get to see you as a candidate. If you are an exceptional candidate, or have an unusual background and/or skill set, don’t keep it a secret. There isn’t any rule that says your resume has to look like everyone else’s, or use the same kinds of language – don’t be afraid to find the format that best highlights who you are as a potential employee.

5. Double check everything. Just as important as writing the resume well is ensuring that it is free of errors, typos, and inaccuracies. Be sure to go through yours several times, being on the lookout for any problems. Or better yet, enlist the help of friends or colleagues who can assist you in finding any issues that might not have been apparent to you.

Interested in being contacted about future financial and accounting career opportunities, or just want to keep in touch with a recruiting team in case your needs change in the future? Call or e-mail the Exceleris team today, and we’ll be happy to talk with you.


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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)....