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Preparing your resume for an accounting career

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Consider the career path you’re pursuing

Preparing your resume for a accounting career

For example, if you’re going to be traveling internationally, play up second languages, time management skills, communication, client management, independence and other relevant skills. Sell employers on your relevant qualifications, such as your knowledge of tax laws or your experience with specific software systems.

Emphasize your accomplishments

Instead of including a laundry list of responsibilities, focus on the problems you solved and the results you delivered. Wherever possible, use numbers – doing so shows that you’re results oriented. Besides, accountants should be fully comfortable with using numbers to describe their work.

Be neat and orderly

In accounting, being neat and organized matters. Make sure your resume reflects your attention to detail.

Create a sales pitch

Work hard to create a winning resume career objective and cover letter, so that you sell your skills and experience to potential employers.

Include keywords

Accounting pros draw from a wide variety of skills. No matter whether you come from an accounting background or not, you probably already have some of those skills. For ideas, spend some time reading job ads. Try to include some of phrases from the “What skills do I need to begin an accounting career?” section.

Use numbers

Accounting professionals base their careers on numbers. Use numbers in your resume to give examples of how you added value to an organization.

Get an edge

Review accounting job postings for the positions you’d like to have, so that you know what employers want. Use social networking sites to make connections with people who can provide leads and references. And consider building an online brand, so that you can influence employers who look you up on the web. By going beyond what usual job seekers do, you can capture an employer’s attention.

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