Top 7 accounting and finance resume tips
In the world of finance and accounting, certifications are essential. To add even more validity to your accountant or finance resume, add certifications to it. Pay particular attention to any certifications specifically mentioned in the job spec and make sure they’re on your resume (assuming you have them).
2. Most Proud Of
This section will definitely help you stand out. To fill it in, stop and think about the moments in your personal or professional life that really stood out. Moments when you felt proud, overcame a difficult situation, learned a valuable lesson, anything that wouldn’t fit in a normal resume section but really says something about you. All these show the potential employer things about your character, motivation, and experience.
Make sure that you explain what exactly made you proud and why.
To make your accounting resume as relevant as possible, use skills section to showcase especially your hard skills. You can also “grade” yourself when mentioning these, but make it as accurate as possible. Go ahead and highlight your math skills and analytical skills. Mention especially the ones that were mentioned in the job description of the job you’re applying for.
4. Top Strengths
The top strengths section is your chance to shed some light on your soft skills. As an accountant or financial professional, you need to be very organized, you need great communications skills and you must have a great attention to detail. When describing your strengths, again, make sure you mention situations you used each of them in. Be as specific as possible and mention 2-4 strengths you believe the potential employer would find highly relevant.
Julian did a great job showcasing his top strengths.
If you’re aiming for a job in an international company, definitely include languages into your resume. Mention only languages you can speak well, and try to keep it to a reasonable number. E.g. mentioning that you speak five languages as a beginner will have less impact as outlining 3 languages you’re proficient in.
This section can sit at the bottom of your resume if it’s on one page, or on the second one if you’re going for more pages.
Education, especially when it’s connected to finance or economics can boost your accounting resume tremendously. Mention the name of your degree, university, location, and dates first. If you achieved something significant, you can also add a bullet or two explaining what it was. It’s especially powerful if it highlights some skill or achievement.
A references section isn’t necessary in every resume but it’s definitely nice to include it. If you have a couple of ex-colleagues or bosses who would be willing to give feedback on your work to your future employers, definitely add it in. Make sure you ask for their permission before you do so, though.
How to get a referral on LinkedIn for the Finance role you want
If you want to do a single that to have a massive impact on your chances of getting hired, get referred. Referred employees are hired 60% of the time compared to just 2% of regular applicants who typically get interviewed. Obviously, it makes sense to really invest some serious effort here.
But what if you don’t know anyone who can refer you? The good news is that using your 2nd degree contacts in LinkedIn can work wonders here. Combined that with attending industry events and meetups to develop your network and getting that referral is easier than you think.
Check out our guide on getting referrals for any job you’re applying for.