Writing an effective accountant CV
Before we begin, it’s important to understand each section of a great CV and their functions. Here’s what we should include:
- The CV header
- The professional profile, or personal statement
- The employment history section
- The CV skills section
- The education section
We’ll help you with each section and get you closer to landing your dream job role.
It’s important that your CV includes the right keywords and details, as many employers use software and systems like Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to filter out applicants. This means that bots can reject experienced accountants if their CV doesn’t pass the testing criteria. Boo!
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All employers want a candidate that can get the job done right, but nobody wants a robot. Humanising your CV is a critical part of ensuring your CV gets noticed by employers and recruiters. Your professional profile, otherwise known as your personal statement, should hook potential employers in and convince them that you’re the best candidate for the job. Don’t be afraid to highlight your personality!
In your professional profile, you’ll want to sell your professional story to potential employers. Why should they hire you? What do you have to bring to the role? What makes you different from other accountants? Try to use dynamic and descriptive language when sharing any relevant accomplishments, experiences and details.
Experienced and analytical accountant with exceptional attention to detail and a passion for providing clients with high-quality financial consulting services. Extensive experience with forensic and tax accounting and proficient at financial forecasting, modeling, reporting and financial risk management.
As an accountant, you’ll know the importance of being fully qualified or certified to practice your profession. We recommend including certifications or qualifications in the education section, however you can include them in the professional profile, too. This can attract and engage employers and let them know that you’re an ideal candidate right away. This is especially important when applying for more advanced accounting roles, where qualifications are mandatory and expected.
Your employment history section should list your previous job roles and your professional experiences. Potential employers like to see applicants with a history of relevant job positions that would support their ability to fulfill their new potential job role. Be sure to list previous jobs and internships in order of most recent to least recent, and try to only include relevant job positions. The language you use here is also important, so it’s best to use descriptive and positive words when describing your professional history. Try to use specific numbers, facts and figures where possible!
Forensic Accountant at Blarney & Beau Accountants, Cork
January 2019 — Present
- Investigated and examined insurance fraud claims to assist with financial crime investigations
- Performed forensic audits and verified companies' compliance with local laws and regulations
- Identified examples of financial fraud and money laundering, leading to 23 criminal convictions in County Cork for financial crimes in 2019
- Created and delivered financial reports to Blarney & Beau senior management
- Presented financial projections to clients to aid in safeguarding their financial security
Tax Accountant at Effektiv Ekonomi , Stockholm
November 2017 — June 2018
- Completed internship advising clients on effective and efficient tax planning strategies
- Completed financial statements for over 30+ clients
- Collaborated with financial professionals to deliver high-quality results for clients
- Conducted and presented international tax compliance research to senior staff
- Provided high-quality tax advice to over 65+ companies
Financial Analyst at Cork Financial Consulting, Cork
February 2016 — February 2017
- Presented financial forecasts and models to senior management
- Researched investment opportunities for clients in alignment with clients' specific markets and niches
- Analysed and evaluated company performance and prepared financial reports and statements for more than 80+ clients
- Collaborated with staff team members to produce optimal outcomes for clients
- Provided high-quality financial advice and consulting for 12+ local community pro-bono projects
As discussed earlier, many accounting positions will require formal qualifications and certifications. Academic qualifications are also often essential, and employers will often assess academic credentials when reviewing your CV. You’ll want to include your academic certifications and accolades in this section in order from most recent to least recent, just like you did in your employment history section. For example, if you have a Master’s degree in Accounting and a Bachelor’s degree in Business, you’ll want to list your Master’s degree first. If spacing permits, you can also include any relevant academic achievements and milestones.
Bachelor of Finance, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Maynooth
September 2012 — September 2015
- Graduated with a Bachelor of Finance, completing a second year placement in Stockholm, Sweden. Received a scholarship to complete a seven-month internship in Stockholm upon graduation
Finally, in your skills section, you’ll want to convince potential employers that you’re the best candidate for the job by listing concise skills relevant to the accounting role you’re applying for. You can list hard skills, such as financial report creation and auditing, or more soft skills such as problem-solving and communication skills in this section. It’s always a good idea to scan the job description for keywords and match them to your skillset. Good luck!
- Interpersonal Skills
- Effective Time Management
- Budgeting & Forecasting
- Financial Reporting
- Financial Consulting