Auditor resume - text version:
- Los Angeles, CA
Auditor with 10 years of experience in the field of auditing, including financial, operational, and compliance audits. Expert in reporting fraud and other financial irregularities, as well as in reviewing policies, procedures, and controls.Professional Skills and Accomplishments:- Audited software companies to ensure they are complying with Computer Fraud and Abuse Act regulations.- Audited major banks to ensure they are complying with Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations.- Performed financial audits on major corporations such as Amazon and Microsoft.
Schmeler 01/2017 - Ongoing Los Angeles, CA
- Coordinate & lead the audit team (7 people) working on audits for companies with combined total assets of over $20 billion.
- Responsible for risk-management & compliance within the audit arm of Schmeler.
- Built updated SOPs for training & managed the creation of an interactive on-boarding experience for new employees within the auditing & accounting arms of Schmeler. Satisfaction metrics with the on-boarding process improved from 65% to 89%
- Worked with a team of accountants to develop new methods for tracking transactions that were not previously well-documented.
01/2013 - 01/2016 Los Angeles, CA
- Handled more than 50 portfolio companies worth $12M in business
- Completed 3 field audits for premier clients within allotted cycle time
- Received 'Best Performer' award for Q4 2014
- I was responsible for training staff on auditing and internal controls, as well as leading the development of a divisional risk framework.
01/2013 - 01/2012 Los Angeles, CA
- Reviewed and encoded the company’s receipts, financial reports, and taxation requirements
- Compiled monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements and reports for company's top-ten clients across three industries, serving more than 20,000 individual customers nationwide.
- Data entry
- Microsoft Office
- Tax preparation
- Enterprise Risk Management
- Financial Account Analysis
- Federal Regulatory Filings
MBA Finance - Anderson School of Management
- University of Los Angeles
- 01/2012 - 01/2013
- Los Angeles, CA
BSC Business Administration
- University of San Diego
- 01/2008 - 01/2012
You’ve got an eye for details, and you’re able to find the most minute issues in financial statements.
Your attention to detail can be both a blessing and a curse because you can be your own worst critic.Maybe you feel that your own auditor resume doesn’t match up to others in your field or you’re having a hard time quantifying your achievements.
If that’s the case, I’d like you to first take a deep breath. We’re here to help you write a stunning resume which will wow a hiring manager. We’ll provide you with an auditor resume example, as well as a step-by-step guide for each important section of your resume.
Choose the best format for your auditor's resume
As an internal auditor, I’m sure you can appreciate when people put in the homework to test their products. At Enhancv, we’ve done a study where we’ve compared Microsoft Office resume templates against our modern templates on different Applicant Tracking System (ATS) software. We’ve found that our resumes performed better than those built in Microsoft Office.
We’ve also learned that ATS formatting is a lot about fool proofing your resume by removing grammar and spelling issues. Here are some other tips for formatting your resume:
- Length/Columns: Both single column and double column resumes work, but the best resumes are two columns condensed to one page.
- Section Headings: Section headings are actually scanned in ATS software, so if you’re writing an Experience section, make sure to only include your experience in it.
- Colors and Design: Although ATS software doesn’t scan for colors, including creative and tasteful colors and graphics can help to catch the eye of a potential manager.
- Fonts: You don’t have to stick with boring old Times New Roman or Calibri. ATS software can actually read all Google fonts.
- File Format: The best file format to use is the PDF format, as it does a better job of keeping writing and images in place when compared to Word. It’s also scannable by ATS.
Choose a reverse chronological format to list your most recent experience first.
In addition, if you’re entering a new field, are in a creative field, or have a wide variety in your experience, you may wish to use a hybrid resume format. Hybrid resumes usually place experience and skills side-by-side in two equal columns.
If you are brand new to the auditing field, highlight your mathematical skills, your proficiency in programming, and your knowledge of how to assess financial statements.
Add your contact information in the resume header
Did you know that your contact information is actually scanned by ATS software? That’s why it’s important to check your resume header for spelling, grammar, and other issues.
Below, you can find a list of all the things to include in your resume header:
- Your first and last name
- Your title
- Your phone number
- Your email address
- Your location
- Relevant social media handles (optional)
Create an interesting auditor resume summary
Your resume summary is essentially an elevator pitch, a short, succinct description of why you feel you will be a good fit at the auditor firm that you’re applying for. Creating a resume summary is also important for ATS, as you can include specific keywords from the job description in your resume summary. A good resume summary is an interesting read which catches the attention of a potential hiring manager.
Below, you can find a list of the most important things to include in a resume summary:
- Your title and years of experience
- Your most relevant skills in your field
- Your top 1 to 2 professional achievements
Feature a standout auditor experience section
As somebody who studies financial records, you know just how important it is to quantify any statement that you make. This is also true when you’re creating an eye-catching experience section, as you should back up each one of your claims with numbers that show your worth.
Below, you will find a checklist of the most important things to include on a resume experience section:
- Reverse chronological order: As mentioned above, always list your most recent experience first. That way, the hiring manager can spy your whole career trajectory, from where you started out to where you are today.
- Job title: Include a job title for each experience item, and make sure that the job title is one that’s easily recognizable by people within your industry.
- Company’s name, location, and description: Always be sure to include the company’s name and location, especially if you work in a multinational corporation which has many offices spread throughout the world.
- Date of employment: Include both the month and the year, as this is important for ATS scanning software.
- Achievements and responsibilities: In any job, you have a bunch of different responsibilities that may fall outside a general job description of your role. Be sure to include only the most important and pertinent responsibilities.
- Action verbs: Begin every experience section with an action verb, like initiated, spearheaded, pioneered, or cultivated.
- Include keywords: Your experience section is a great place to include keywords which could be scanned by ATS software. The best way to find keywords is to search through the job description.
- Reduced internal costs per year by $15,000.
- Implemented accounting software which provided training to 150 employees.
- Initiated in-depth research to discover gaps in processes and systems, and helped develop audit procedures, leading a team of 15 researchers to increase financial efficiency by 35%.
List your education
In the financial field, education has almost as much weight in the hiring process as experience.
Below, you will find a checklist with the most important things to include in an education section:
- Degree Name
- University, college, or other institution
- Location (optional)
- Years attended
- Include academic achievements if you have less experience in the field
If you look at the last point above, it should be noted that if you already have a lot of experience in the field, you may just want to include a synopsis of your education. Alternatively, if you’re entering the field, list how you made the Dean’s list. You may also wish to include some projects that you worked on in your undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Below, you can find a simple example of how to list your education on a resume:
List your relevant auditor skills
From data analysis to understanding risk-management assessments, you have a lot of unique skills that make you a great auditor. In order to do that, list both your soft (people) skills and your hard (technical) skills. Both soft and technical skills have benefits with ATS software, as ATS scans for specific keywords which are listed as skills.
Technical skills are easy to quantify, as you can include facts, figures, and real-life examples of how you increased your ability in certain skills. Technical skills are also specific to the field which you are in. Any programming languages you learned to conduct data analysis reports are great to list in your technical skills section. In addition, you may choose to list:
Top 3 technical skills for auditors:
- Data analysis skills: Proficiency in tools like Excel spreadsheets, Access, and SQL
- Accounting knowledge: You should be proficient with the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
- Risk assessment skills: You should be able to assess audit findings and provide internal and external managers with everything they need to make an informed decision
Often overlooked in a technical field, like that of a senior internal auditor, soft skills are important people skills which can determine how well someone will work in a group environment. Although more difficult to quantify, do your best to give authentic examples from your previous work experience that show your proficiency in the skill.
Top 4 soft skills for auditors:
- Ethical behavior
- Analytical thinking
- Communication skills
Include your auditor certificates
In the auditor field, there are many certificates which can be earned that can give you a distinct edge in the hiring process. Here’s what to include when listing certificates on your resume:
- Certificate name
- Name of issuer
- Year of obtainment
- Location (if applicable)
- Date of expiration (if applicable)
- Expected date of obtainment (if applicable)
Top 3 auditor certificates for your resume:
- Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
- Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
Use other relevant sections to make your resume stand out
For specialized resumes, like a manager resume, include a “Day of My Life/My Time” section. If you want to check one out, look at Marissa Mayer’s resume. We’ve actually found that, although ATS software doesn’t read this section, a personal section like this may actually help to show a hiring manager whether you are a good fit at a company.
Some of the most popular additional resume sections for an auditor resume include:
- Membership of professional associations: In many ways, professional associations are the gatekeepers for the financial field, and being involved with one can actually open up lots of doors for you and your career.
- Publications: If you have written any peer-reviewed journal articles, you might also want to include that because it can show that you are a thought leader in the auditor field.
- Language Skills: In certain parts of the world, being bilingual can actually give you a leg up in your career. Be sure to list your proficiency in a language (written, verbal, native spoken level), and don’t over-exaggerate your skills.
- Awards: If you’ve received any awards from the company that you work for, include them as well.
Create a matching cover letter for your auditor resume
Cover letters are great because they let you share a bit more about who you are and why you’d be a good fit for the company that you’re applying for. Here are some important things to include in your cover letter:
- Contact information that corresponds with your resume.
- Achievements in the first paragraph.
- Cover letter body:
- Work experience
- Why you’d be a good fit
- Call to action
Example cover letter
Dear Hiring Manager,
I am writing to express my interest in the auditor's position at Tark Robotics, as advertised on your website. As an experienced auditor, I believe that I have the skills and experience to excel in this role and contribute valuably to your team.
My name is Henry Clay, and I am currently working as an auditor at XYZ Corporation, where I manage a team of 12 employees for yearly reports, numbering $55 million. In my current role, I am responsible for overseeing all aspects of the audit process, including risk assessment, planning and execution. I have a proven track record of delivering high-quality audits on time and within budget, and I have received many accolades for my work.
I am particularly excited about the opportunity to work for Tark Robotics, as I have long been impressed by your innovative products and commitment to excellence. I am confident that my skills and experience align well with your needs, and I am excited about the prospect of contributing to your success.
Besides my technical skills, I have strong communication and interpersonal skills that allow me to work effectively with clients and stakeholders at all levels of an organization. I am a team player and thrive in fast-paced environments where attention to detail and accuracy are paramount.
Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss my qualifications further and to learn more about this exciting opportunity.
- Use a reverse chronological format when crafting your resume, as you’re able to list your most recent experience upfront.
- Make sure that your resume and cover letter header match one another.
- Your resume summary is essentially your elevator pitch, why you think you are a good fit for an organization and your skills and experience which back that claim up.
- Always quantify your experience.
- List a combination of hard and soft skills on your resume, as both are important in the auditor field.
- You may wish to include extra sections on your resume to list out of the ordinary achievements, like proficiency in another language.
- Your cover letter is your first opportunity to really introduce yourself to a hiring manager before the interview.