Are you an unemployed accountant, job hunting day-in and day-out? You have the qualifications and the experience but still can’t land an interview. Well, the problem might be your CV. Take a look at our Example of an Accountant CV and see where yours can improve.
Top 8 Things to Include in an Accountant CV
You’re sitting in front of your computer with Microsoft Word open, but all you have written down is Curriculum Vitae. No worries, that’s why we have these top 8 things you should include in your accountant CV. Leave the hard thinking for your first day on the job.
The first section of your CV should focus on your personal information. Don’t get too deep, prospective employers don’t need to know anything about your love life. You should include:
- Contact number
- Email address
- Physical address
This is probably the most important part of your CV. Think of your personal statement as your professional summary. Here you’ll talk about your professional features and give some insight into your career goals. Remember the keyword here is SUMMARY, so keep it short and to the point.
Skills are what employers look for in candidates. Jot down what you are capable of doing on the job. You can include your hard and soft skills. For an accountant that would include:
- Math skills
- Problem solving
- Written and verbal communication skills
- Attention to detail
Areas of Expertise
Now this is your time to shine, a.k.a brag a bit. In this section, you will write down the areas you excel in or tasks you know you are an expert at. While writing down your top skills, try to keep the position you applied for in mind.
Academic Qualifications and Achievements
Where did you get your knowledge? This can be your degree, diploma or certificate. Note it all down. Preferably you should mention the institution you attended and the year you graduated in.
The best way to let employers know about your experience is through your employment history. Stick to the four most recent jobs you had. You should also mention what your position was, what your duties were and your starting and end date.
Personal Interests – Optional
Your personal interests aren’t important to employers. However, your volunteer work can buy you some brownie points. But leave out your usual weekend activities, keep things professional.
References are the names and contact details of your previous employers. This can be your managers or supervisors.Choose references that you had a good working relationship with.
Example of an Accountant CV
Tips aren’t enough to help you create the perfect accounting CV. So we’re giving you a visual example. Below we have included an example that incorporates the 8 tips we have given you above.
What not to Include in a CV
Now that you have an idea of how to create your CV and what information to include, you should know what not to mention. This is all the information that prospective employers don’t need to know about.
Irrelevant job experience: If you worked for a company for less than three months, it’s not relevant. So putting it on your CV serves no purpose.
Family details: Staying in theme and keeping things professional, you shouldn’t include information on your family life.
Lies: As an accountant, employees put a lot of trust in you. But how can they do that if you add false qualifications or references to your CV?
Tables, charts or graphs: Simple is the best way to go with your CV. You don’t need anything extra like graphs, images or charts.
Less professional email address: Don’t write down the email address you made when you were 13 years old. Especially if it’s inappropriate. Keep it straightforward with your name and surname.
How to Refresh Your Accounting Skills
If you have been job hunting for a while, your accounting skills might be a bit rusty. But that’s why there are short courses available to you. All you have to do is choose the right one. Confused about what we’re talking about? Here’s there breakdown:
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