Accountant Resume Tips
- Proofread every section of your resume. There should be NO mistakes.
- Your resume should tell a story. What is the most fascinating part about you as a candidate? Your work experience? Education? Leadership roles? Put them in order from top to bottom based on the ones you are most proud of.
- You want to be as well-rounded as possible. Include community service events you've participated in and competitions you've won. Once they see you're educated, they're on to something else that will catch their eye.
- Avoid white space. While you shouldn't cram your resume with irrelevant information, try to avoid white space and fill up the page without making it look cramped.
- Never let your resume exceed one page. Unless you have 4+ years of accounting experience, let's be concise and only keep what's relevant. Your high school education and job is irrelevant.
- Include a sentence about when you plan to complete the CPA or other certifications.
- Don't include references unless they are asked for. Most companies never call references, especially for entry-level participants.
- Most recruiters like to see your overall GPA and your Accounting GPA. If possible, include both. If one is much higher than the other, ONLY include the higher GPA.
- Be prepared to share your transcript. While I would never recommend attaching your transcript to your resume, have it ready when the recruiters ask.
- Use weighted paper. There is no better way to have your resume stand out than by having it on paper that's a little heavier and a slightly different color. Keep to white, beige, and grey tones. No pink, green or other crazy colors. Also, don't spritiz your perfume on your resume - Legally Blonde was just a movie!
- Here are basic sections you can use when writing your resume: Work Experience, Education, Leadership Experience, Community Service, Skills & Certifications. You don't need to use them all; it depends on your experience and skills what will make the most sense.
Top 3 reasons to download this eBook:
- Your resume is longer than one page and you didn't know that was a problem until right now
- You can't decided whether to put your overall GPA, accounting GPA, or both
- You don't have a lot of experience, but still want to have a killer resume