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Accounting Resume

Any business big or small, any bank, etc. cannot function properly without one important department, which is accounting. Capital is the core of the business, and how and where is this capital used is important. More important is maintaining an account of the same. At the end of a financial year, the company's accounts are audited by Tax Auditors, and any mistake in this might lead to many problems. The accounts thus, have to be maintained correctly, and an Accounts Executive is responsible for this. Just like any other field, there are many different levels or positions in the field of accounting. At every level, the roles and responsibilities change. While applying for a particular position, one must have an effective accounting resume, which would very well put forth the applicant's abilities and skills.

An accounting resume is basically a resume used by the job aspirants in the field of accounting. The basic style of writing a resume does not vary. The rules related to professional resume writing applies to accounting resumes as well. Before discussing further on accounting resumes, let us read some basic protocols for resume writing.

  1. The resume has to be precise. One cannot give details about every job, achievement, etc., in the resume. The key is providing the most important information in brief, and highlighting the same using bullets and bold font. Thus, an ideal resume should not exceed 2-3 pages.
  2. The font used in the resume should be legible and give a professional look to your resume. Fancy fonts, italics, etc., are a taboo for a good resume. The best option is using 'Times New Roman' or 'Arial' font in the resume. The ideal font size is 12, and headings can be highlighted by using 'bold' or increasing the font size.
  3. The segregation of the resume is very important to help the employer get the information that he/she needs. For a fresher, academic information would come first, and for an experienced candidate, work experience section comes first.
  4. Name and contact details should be mentioned clearly in the resume, such that the employer does not have to struggle with your resume to contact you.

Making your accounting resume effective:


As mentioned above, the roles and responsibilities of an accounts executive vary at different levels. The work responsibilities of an Accounting Executive and that of an Accounting Manager would vary, and so would the requirements for the same. The employer when places an advertisement for a particular vacancy in his/her organization, he/she mentions the position, eligibility and job description for the same. Reading this thoroughly is important to customize your resume for that particular position.

Customizing your resume is thus very important to increase your relevancy for the position. Try to match up to the employer's requirements. Put forth the skills, qualifications, and work experience in your resume, such that all the requirements of the employer are fulfilled.

Keywords and Action verbs:

To increase the relevancy of your resume, two most important things are - keywords and resume action verbs. Every job has certain keywords; for example, 'Computer accounting software', 'Tax accountant', etc. Using these keywords in your resume increases the chances of your resume being short listed.

Action verbs on the other hand, make your resume more effective. Merely mentioning a list of skills makes your resume boring. If you mention the same using action verbs, it creates a good impression on your client. Read the following example to understand the same.

Example: 1
- Skills

  1. Computer accounting
  2. Leadership, etc.
Example: 2
  1. Worked with the latest computer accounting software
  2. Possess leadership skills

In the first example, the skills are merely listed, but in the second example, using action verbs like 'worked', one has explained that he/she is well versed with computer accounting software; thus, making your resume more effective.

Personality Traits:

Besides knowing your abilities at work, the employer sometimes would like to know about your personality traits, so as to decide whether you suit the specific requirement. This is important, because every position needs a specific set of personality traits; for example, some important personality traits for becoming a manager are -

  1. Decision making power
  2. Self-motivated and ambitious
  3. Charismatic communication
  4. Ability to lead others
  5. Optimistic attitude
Thus, when one applies for the position of a manager, the employer would judge him/her on these traits. Mentioning this in a specific section of your resume would do. However, try to justify whatever you mention, and be prepared for cross-questioning.

Read a few accounting resumes given in the links below, and write an effective resume for yourself.

Sample Accounting Resumes

Some other types of accounting resumes are below:

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