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Accounting Resume Samples & Examples for 2021 (Guide Included)

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New York, NY
Reilly Group2011 - 2015
New York, NY
Reilly Group organises ICT related conferences all over Africa
Significantly reduced past due receivables from $7M to $5M within four months, accelerating cash flow
Out of 30 applicants, one of only 5 trainees offered a contract after articles
Trained and supervised more than 4 summer interns each for a period of 3 weeks
Hudson PLC2009 - 2011
New York, NY
Hudson PLC is a company Telia AB Company-owned telecommunications company, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the Baltic States.
Global CyberSoft Named In Vietnam’s 30 Leading IT Companie in 2014
Reduced company costs 50% through centralized purchasing
Trained over 50 people (including shop floor and mid-management level employees) from various departments
Senior Accountant
Padberg2008 - 2009
New York, NY
Padberg is a global professional services company, being one of the Big 4 Auditors.
Created Excel templates for all required journal entries which reduced closing time by an average of 2 days.
Uncovering rebates that had not previously been accounted for which added NZ $ 1M to the bottom line
Streamlining month end processing which resulted in a reduction of processing time from 6 days to 3 day
Staff Accountant
Gutmann2004 - 2008
New York, NY
Gutmann is a public clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing, and commercializing products focused on inflammation and disorders of the central nervous system.
Increased efficiency of the accounting department 50% by integrating new 1C accounting software.
Managed & prepared monthly entries for over $50M of Davidson Companies Fixed Assets & pre-paid expenses.
Tidied up all accounts for the past 3 years, AR, AP, reduced paper usage by switching to e-bills
Imported/Converted over 8,000 individual fixed assets from Sage FAS to BNA Fixed Assets software package.
Institute of Management AccountantsCertified Management Accountant (CMA)
Georgia State Board of AccountancyCertified Public Accountant (CPA)
B.Com in Financial ManagementUniversity of New York
Industry Expertise
Organisation & time management
Verbal and written communication
Ability to work autonomously or collaboratively
complete projects before time, does more than required
Team- worker
Work effectively in a team, respect, listen to and encourage team members
Problem solving
Analyze problems to find causes, find possible solutions
President of the Student Council
Have won the scholarship for proactive students of my hometown - Sevlievo.
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You know spreadsheets.

You know accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll and more.

Yup, you work in accounting.

But you’re looking to switch positions and are worried your resume may not survive an audit?

Don’t worry, what you’re about to read has all the checks and balances you need to create a professional accounting resume quickly and easily.

“Expectations are for more companies, as they transform their business around data, to make these investments. Consequently, the onus is on accountants to acquire the expertise needed to wield these tools effectively”
-  Jill Theodorakos, Director within KPMG’s National Audit Solutions Group fromThe Next-Generation Accountant on Forbes.com

Here’s an accounting resume sample & how to use our resume builder

An accountant resume has to go beyond the basic certifications employers expect. You need to demonstrate that you can have an impact in your roles and are a good culture fit. This means carefully studying the job and the company offering it before crafting a resume that fits it perfectly.

In this accounting resume guide you’ll learn the following:

 ✔ Choose the right accounting resume template for your experience level

 ✔ How to include accounting skills on a resume that reflect the job description

 ✔ Creating the most powerful accounting resume summary or objective you can

 ✔ Even an entry level accounting resume can be effective by showing relevant skills

 ✔ How to include the right certifications on an accounting resume

 Try one of our FREE accounting resume templates:

  • Financial analyst resumes

A great financial analyst needs to balance the ability to delve deep into data for analysis and then to explain it to decision makers. That’s why the main challenge for a financial analyst resume is balancing these two distinct skill sets. But before you start, you need to understand what the job you’re applying for wants from you.

Begin by closely analyzing the job description and the company. What skills and qualities are they looking for? What does the company culture look like? Your resume should match you as closely as possible to these needs. Consider the person who will read your resume and what you can do to make it easy for them to say “yes” to you.

If you have previous financial analysis experience (whether formal or not), try and quantify it. Being specific about your accomplishments is going to have a far greater impact than simply listing your responsibilities.

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  • Bookkeeper resumes

Most people looking to hire a bookkeeper have fairly straightforward expectations. They expect you too accurately and efficiently balance the books and conduct other accounting work. The question is, how do you clearly demonstrate you have these skills on a resume?

Most bookkeeper resume examples rely on simply listing responsibilities, so you can distinguish yourself by focusing on quantifiable accomplishments. Mention how many accounts you balanced, how much money you saved a client, or a major accomplishment you had. Consider who will be reading your resume and what kinds of information will be meaningful to them.

  • Auditor resumes

It’s expected that any auditor is going to be capable of analyzing, monitoring, writing reports, etc. To stand out on your auditor resume, you need to show what specific results you’re capable of achieving for a client.

Explaining that you analyzed an account and solved a resulting issue doesn’t tell the person reading your resume very much. Explaining precisely how much money you saved a client, or how quickly you were able to put together a report gives them a better idea of what kind of results you can bring.

Also consider what else might be important for the position. If showing that you have good customer service skills, work well under pressure, or are creative might help, including accomplishments that demonstrate you have these qualities can work wonders.

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  • Banking resumes

An effective banking resume needs to show you have the exact skills, experience, and expertise required for the position. To do that demands laserlike focus.

Begin with the job description, what exactly are they looking for? Once you’ve made a list of everything they want, try to check as many things off by including them in your resume. When including skills and experience, be as specific as possible.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to include a bit of personality. Showing that you’re a positive person, easy to work with, etc. helps make you an easy hire (even in banking). You can do this by discussing what you’re most proud of, your passions, or how you spend your time.

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How to create the best accounting resume outline

Just like balancing a company’s books your accounting resume needs the right balance of education, skills and experience.

Here’s the most common accounting resume outline

  • Objective
  • Accounting Experience
  • Education
  • Soft Skills
  • Technical skills
  • Interests
  • References

Of course every resume might vary based on the person or the job. It’s important to determine where your strengths are and what information you want to get across to the reader first.

For example while your interests might seem important to you, a hiring manager for an accounting job is going to want to see your accounting experience first.

Choose the accounting resume layout that’s right for you and the job your applying for

Before anyone even reads your resume they’re going to see the resume layout. It can demonstrate professionalism, originality and organization at just a glance.

So choose a template that sends the right message for you.