Andrew Smith

287 Custer Street, Hopewell, PA 00000
(000) 000-0000

Professional Summary

Motivated and dynamic educator with an advanced degree and 2 years of classroom experience. Proficient with popular educational hardware (tablets, desktops, laptops, Smartboards) and software (LMS's, digital grade books, Adobe applications, Prezi, Notability). Certified Apple Educator and Advanced coordinator with a visionary leadership style.
Despiration is one of my greatest strength.Calmness
adds some charm to the story.
Client-centric finance professional with over 1 years of experience working within world-renowned banking institutions as a wealth management specialist.  Committed to providing first-class customer service to deepen relationships with consumers and engage them in the products and services offered.  Expert in loans, deposits, investments, financial planning, and mortgages.  Enthusiastic, results-driven leader with extensive success collaborating with subject matter experts to develop and execute creative solutions.


West Pennsylvania College, New Zachariahhaven, Texas
Bachelor of Arts, ARTS, Sep. 2017

Employment history

ACCOUNTANT, Lockman, Bogan and Cormier. South Orphamouth, South Carolina
Jun. 2019 – Present
  • Examine and evaluate financial and information systems, recommending controls to ensure system reliability and data integrity.
  • Review data about material assets, net worth, liabilities, capital stock, surplus, income, and expenditures.
  • Confer with company officials about financial and regulatory matters.
  • Examine whether the organization's objectives are reflected in its management activities, and whether employees understand the objectives.
  • Prepare, analyze, and verify annual reports, financial statements, and other records, using accepted accounting and statistical procedures to assess financial condition and facilitate financial planning.
  • Direct activities of personnel engaged in filing, recording, compiling and transmitting financial records.
  • Inspect cash on hand, notes receivable and payable, negotiable securities, and canceled checks to confirm records are accurate.
  • Conduct pre-implementation audits to determine if systems and programs under development will work as planned.
  • Audit payroll and personnel records to determine unemployment insurance premiums, workers' compensation coverage, liabilities, and compliance with tax laws.
  • Examine inventory to verify journal and ledger entries.
  • Review taxpayer accounts, and conduct audits on-site, by correspondence, or by summoning taxpayer to office.
  • Examine records, tax returns, and related documents pertaining to settlement of decedent's estate.
TEACHER, Wolff-Kutch. Elmotown, Kentucky
Aug. 2017 – Nov. 2018
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs, abilities, and interests.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws or administrative policies.
  • Assign and grade class work and homework.
  • Prepare and administer written, oral, and performance tests, and issue grades in accordance with performance.
  • Worked as a English teacher.





Andrew Smith

Professional Summary

Adaptable, open-minded, analytical accounting expert with over 5 years of experience eager to join a respectable, customer-focused financial institution as a public accountant.  Certified Public Accountant with advanced knowledge of auditing, preparation of individual, corporate, and partnership tax returns, and the development of quarterly and year-end estimates.  Detail-oriented with exceptional organization and communication skills with the drive to exceed expectations on every assignment.

Employment history

Accountant, Roberts, Wolff and Quitzon. Marvinport, Montana
Apr. 2019 – Present
  • Compile and analyze financial information and documents to prepare books of accounts and its finalization
  • Compute taxes owed and prepare tax returns, ensuring compliance with payment, reporting or other tax requirements.
  • Maintained integrity of general ledger, including the chart of accounts.
  • Analysed monthly balance sheet accounts for corporate reporting.
  • Filed tax returns and prepared governmental reports in compliance with strict standards.(GSTR-1 & GSTR-3B)
  • Created periodic reports comparing budgeted costs to actual costs.
  • Reduced annual tax adjustments through better financial control.

Accountant, Hilpert-DuBuque. Lymanside, Pennsylvania
Aug. 2016 – Jun. 2017
  • Filed tax returns and prepared governmental reports in compliance with strict standards.
  • Reduced annual tax adjustments through better financial control.
  • Prepare, examine, or analyze accounting records, financial statements, or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.
  • Compute taxes owed and prepare tax returns, ensuring compliance with payment, reporting or other tax requirements.
Accountant, Kemmer, Hammes and Friesen. Johnsmouth, New Jersey
Jul. 2013 – Feb. 2015
  • Analyze business operations, trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations, to project future revenues and expenses or to provide advice.
  • Develop, implement, modify, and document recordkeeping and accounting systems, making use of current computer technology.
  • Establish tables of accounts and assign entries to proper accounts.


Eastern Dare Academy, New Arnulfo, Ohio
Bachelor of Arts, B.Com with Computer Applications, Dec. 2016

Personal info

Phone: (000) 000-0000
Address: 287 Custer Street, Hopewell, PA 00000


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Andrew Smith

287 Custer Street, Hopewell, PA 00000
(000) 000-0000

Professional Summary

Focused Account Specialist with 4 years of experience. Adept at writing detailed reports and budgets, completing detailed financial analysis and planning strategically for top client services. Detail-oriented with extensive knowledge of cash and record maintenance and comprehensive account reconciliations. 

Employment history

ACCOUNTANT, Shields, Hoeger and Jenkins. Ricomouth, Idaho
Aug. 2019 – Present
  • Generated financial statements and facilitated account closing procedures each month.
  •  Strengthened financial management processes to bring errors to near-zero in reporting, payroll administration and general bookkeeping. 
  •   Maintained and processed invoices, deposits and money logs. 
  • Analyzed budgets, financial reports and projections for accurate reporting of financial standing. 
  •  Accurately calculated deductions and processed payroll for 20 employees. 
  •  Partnered with auditors to prepare yearly audits and ensure compliance with governmental tax guidelines 
  •  Used accounting software to issue tax returns and prepare consolidated reports. 
  •  Used accounting software to issue tax returns and prepare consolidated reports. 
  •   Reviewed and processed client payments, including electronic payments and check deposits. 

BRANCH ACCOUNTANT, McLaughlin Inc. Port Frankieberg, West Virginia
Jun. 2016 – Oct. 2016

  •  Maintaining accurate and up-to-date customer details and account records. 
  •  Building relationships with customers and reinstating the  account receivables. 
  •  Responsible for reconciliation of all accounts receivable general ledger accounts for the month end close process .
  •  Resolution of invoice queries including credits. 
  •  Assisting with sales / purchase ledger duties, cash book and payroll. 
  •  Communicating clearly and effectively with the accounts team 
  •  Reconciling Bank, Balance sheet , Petty Cash & Salary Entry 


West Volkman Academy, New Chanellburgh, New Mexico
Hickle College, East Amosfort, Hawaii
Bachelor of Science, MATHEMATICS, Apr. 2015




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Does your resume stand out?

No, really stand out?

The truth is, if your resume doesn’t immediately catch the eye of recruiters, you’re likely to be passed over. 

Preferably, within 7 seconds

That’s the average amount of time a recruiter skims over your resume before deciding to toss or accept it, according to a study by job search site Ladders. 

And that’s across every industry.

With 1.4 million accountants in the U.S. according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and standing as the 13th most popular profession, competition is thicker in accounting than most industries. 

So, you need a resume that’s both visually pleasing and effective– making your unique selling points both clearly visible and easily digestible. 

Not an expert resume crafter? No worries, we’ve got you covered. 

Below, we’ll take you step-by-step through each section and key aspect of an accounting resume that hits all the right notes. 

This guide is for you whether:

  • You’ve just graduated and want to know how to put together an accounting resume that stands out from the pack, even if you don’t think you have enough experience to fill a page. Or;
  • You’re an experienced accountant who is looking to amp up their resume and take it to the next level.

Your next job is only one resume away, so let’s get to it. 

What this guide will cover

In this guide, you’ll learn how to put together an effective accounting resume that knocks the socks off of your next prospective employer. 

We’ll cover: 

  • An accounting resume template better than 99% of what’s out there, right from the start
  • How to format your accounting resume in a way that helps your unique selling points stand out– and gets you the interview
  • How to write a resume objective or summary that immediately catches recruiter’s eyes
  • How to write an effective accounting resume even if you have little or no experience
  • And much more

Want to save time and energy crafting your next resume? You could spend hours formatting and styling your resume, or 5 minutes grabbing one of Resumebuild’s ready-made templates. Check out our full library of template examples here. 

Let’s start with an effective and flexible accounting resume template example, which we’ll break down further as we go: 

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How to write an awesome accounting resume that gets you noticed

What makes an amazing accounting resume? 

There are certain elements that every resume should have, like good formatting, a compelling objective or summary, and well-structured information so the most important elements stand out.

But within that, your resume needs to do a few key things that are unique to the accounting realm.

For one, certification is more important than in most other industries. 

And numbers, in terms of actual results from your experience as an accountant (if you have any), are huge selling points that should be prominently put on display. 

So, let’s jump into how to write an awesome accounting resume that doesn’t just get you noticed by recruiters, but lands you interviews– and helps you get the job.

1. How to format your resume so the “good stuff” rises to the top

With any good resume, you want to highlight your unique selling points (let’s call it your “USP”).

That might be that you’ve passed the CPA exam, that you had a good GPA in college, impressive results, or that you have valuable full-time or intern experience– especially if you’re early in your career. 

The real task of crafting an effective accounting resume is this: how do I write my resume so that these unique selling points stand out?

As we talked about earlier, you only have a few seconds to get noticed by a recruiter.

So, you need to format your resume in a way that those key pieces of information jump out of the page and are the first things a recruiter sees when glancing over your resume (maybe the only thing).

In general, a basic chronological layout is suggested for accounting resumes.

Such as:

  • Personal information
  • Objective or summary
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Certifications
  • Skills

Why this layout? Because it presents the most logical and familiar flow of information. 

If you were in fashion or a similar creative industry, you might want to do something else creative that would speak to your own creative or out-of-the-box thinking. 

Accounting, however, is about attention to detail and clean professionalism, so a common chronological layout is typically best. 

Let’s look at some examples of how to make your unique selling points stand out with this layout.

Example: Make your accomplishments stand out with bold font

One way to format your resume so that your USPs are on full display is through tactical use of bold font.

For example, you can place the most impressive bullet point for a particular employer at the top of your list and bold it to help it stand out, like in our example:


Senior Accountant

R&L Media – Los Angeles, CA – March 2016 – Present

  • Managed client account holdings totaling over $32 million, while creating a reduction in costs totalling 13% annually
  • Identified tax credits resulting in over $25,000 in annual tax savings 
  • Performed monthly accounts analysis and reconciliations
  • Managed and train a team of in-house accountants

As opposed to this, where everything blends together and your real compelling, convincing elements are lost in a sea of text:


Senior Accountant

R&L Media – Los Angeles, CA – March 2016 – Present

  • Managed client account holdings totaling over $32 million, while creating a reduction in costs totalling 13% annually
  • Identified tax credits resulting in over $25,000 in annual tax savings 
  • Performed monthly accounts analysis and reconciliations
  • Managed and train a team of in-house accountants

Same information, same order, much different reading experience. 

In the first example, “Managed client account holdings totaling over $32 million, while creating a reduction in costs totalling 13% annually” is bolded because it’s an impressive fact to point out.

It doesn’t just sound good, it’s based on real numbers.

When a recruiter is reading your resume, they’re looking to see what you can contribute if you were to fill the desired role within the company. 

Data like that showing what you’ve been able to do for a previous employer is gold and should be made prominent.  

Bold is a great way to intentionally lead the eye of your recruiter where you want it to go, whether it’s your CPA certification or results you’ve gotten for a past employer.

Example 2: Change the structure of information to make your strengths more prominent

Also, notice how the role, “Senior Accountant” in the example above is prioritized over the employer itself (and, again, in bold). 

Recruiters are interested in knowing what roles and experience you’ve had, not, in most cases, the name of the company you worked for. 

That’s why “Senior Accountant” is placed atop everything and in bold, with the company, location, and date as secondary details below it as well as the most notable point at the top of the bulleted list. 

So, you could go with something like this:


Ashford & Bankmen, Inc. – Burbank, CA

Senior Accountant – July 2012 – November 2014

But then the fact that you were a senior accountant gets buried under the name of the employer, which they’re not likely to care about.

Instead, use a format that puts your experience on display:


Senior Accountant

Ashford & Bankmen, Inc. – Burbank, CA – July 2012 – November 2014

Recruiters want to know what experience you have. 

Do you have real experience as an accountant? In what capacity? 

Oh, you were a senior accountant. Nice. 

Unless the employer were some household brand that had the potential to offer clout through mention alone, the recruiter is going to care a lot more about what your role was, as they want to know your experience. 

What if my best selling points aren’t my experience?

What if, however, you don’t have much experience (or any at all)?

What if your unique selling points have to do with a certification or a degree you’ve earned?

No one said experience had to show up first.

Instead, shuffle the sections around so that your strong points show up toward the top of your resume. 

For example, if you’re a newly licensed CPA and you have a B.A. in accounting, but not much experience yet, instead of:

  • Profile
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Certifications
  • Skills

You could do:

  • Profile
  • Certifications
  • Education
  • Skills
  • Experience

Shuffling around our template example, that would look something like this:

Jen Davies

2456 North Erin Dr., Westwood, CA 90200

(562) 358 - 6011

[email protected]  


Licensed Certified Public Accountant with more than 7 years of experience. Possess a B.S. in accounting from a top-50 accounting school. Seeking to leverage my professional experience to level up your accounting system as a senior accountant with [COMPANY]. 


  • Certified Public Accountant – November 2013


B.A. – Accounting

UCLA Anderson School of Management – Los Angeles, CA – June 2012

MUCH better. 

Now, your strong points are on full display and will be the first thing a recruiter will notice when they scan your resume. 

By structuring your resume in this way, you’re influencing how they remember you

Remember, you’ve only got 7 seconds, so make it count. 

One last thing: Your resume is a reflection of your personal brand

As an accountant, you might not always think of yourself as having a personal brand. 

However, every high-level professional understands that when they present any piece of themselves, they’re communicating something: “This is who I am.” 

That’s branding. 

Beyond helping your unique selling points stand out, your resume as a whole needs to communicate a singular message: I’m a professional who is good at my job. 

As an accountant, that means a few things:

  • You’re good with numbers: Have any data on results you’ve gotten for your clients? Hard numbers are super effective for any accounting resume.
  • You have a meticulous eye for detail: Typos are bad for any resume, but accountants are known for having a sharp eye. Go the extra mile and review and edit your resume multiple times to make sure all text, grammar, typo, and other mistakes and errors are cleaned up. Any small error (when noticed) will communicate to recruiters that you might not be the best person for the job. After all, if even your resume has a mistake on it, what does that say about your accounting skills? 

So, after helping to make your unique selling points shine, take time to make sure your resume as a whole reflects your personal brand as a good accountant. 

Any work you do to learn more about how to deliver a strong and cohesive personal brand will help throughout your career, so it’s worth investing a little time in it now. 

2. What do recruiters look for?

With a better idea of how to structure your accounting resume to make sure your most powerful selling points stand out, you’re probably now wondering:

What do recruiters look for? What exactly should I display most prominently on my resume?

Maybe you’re not sure what your unique selling points are and you just want to know what recruiters want to see so you can make those the most identifiable elements in your resume.

Maybe you have a few good selling points, but you don’t know which you should prioritize. 

Each recruiter is different. While one might favor education more heavily, another might not care much about that and just want to see your experience.  

However, while those preferences will differ based on the recruiter, one thing is universally sought-after:


At the end of the day, recruiters want to see action. What kind of results have you accomplished for your previous employers? What responsibilities did you manage successfully? 

That could be:

  • Identified tax credits resulting in over $16,000 in annual tax savings

Or it could be:

  • Reduced company costs by 18% annually through improving supply chain spend efficiency

Also notice that those bullet points are action-oriented. 

“Reduced” and “Identified” are verbs: They’re actions you took to accomplish a result for your employer. 

They show the recruiter that they can expect real, tangible action and results from you. And, when it comes to the hard numbers game of accounting, there really is no better selling point you could add to your resume. 

What if I don’t have any results I can tout? 

If you’re fresh out of college or don’t have any real results experience you can flaunt, there’s another way you can go about it that offers the promise of action.  

Instead of showing results, show that you’re ambitious and ready to get to work

One of the best places to do this is in your objective. In your objective, state that it’s your goal to use your experience and knowledge to get the employer results.

Instead of this:


Seeking to leverage my professional experience and grow as a senior accountant. 

Do this:


Seeking to utilize my professional experience to identify tangible operational and tax-related cost-savings as a senior accountant with Realm&Sands. 

Now THAT’S more like it. 

In the second example, you’re identifying super-specific action items that the employer is interested in and stating that it’s your goal to help them accomplish that objective. 

And the great part is, you’re hitting them with that at the very top of the page, before they even glance at your (lack of/minimal) experience and education. 

That means your objective is more likely to occupy the majority of their impression of you.

So far, we’ve broken down the keys to formatting an accounting resume and what recruiters are looking for (and how to give it to them, whether you have experience and results or not).

Now, let’s talk about some tips for maximizing the specific areas of your resume, including your objective/summary, experience, and skills.

3. How to write a resume objective that wows recruiters 

Often the first thing listed on a resume after your name and basic contact information, an objective is a statement of your major professional goals as they relate to the employer.

Why would a recruiter care what your goal(s) are? 

A good objective gives recruiters a glimpse into who you are. Written well, it can wow recruiters and make your resume memorable.

But before we get too far into how to craft a great objective, let’s talk about the difference between a summary and an objective and why you would use one vs. the other.

First, a basic breakdown:

  • Resume objective: Express your ambition and passion. Good for: When you lack experience and tangible results. 
  • Resume summary: A short highlight reel of your professional experience. Good for: When you have lots of experience.

We’ll go into more detail in the next point on why you’d use a summary instead of an objective, but really they don’t have to be separate at all.

Within your profile section at the top of your resume, you can summarize some of your experience first then offer your objective at the end, effectively combining the two. 

Of course, if you don’t have enough relevant experience to offer a full summary, you can just make it about the objective. 

Plus, if your experience speaks for itself, you’ll probably want to highlight that and skip the objective.

Below and in the next point (where we break down a great summary), we’ll talk about both examples. 

First, though, let’s talk about what makes a great resume objective that wows recruiters.

What makes a great resume objective?

A resume objective is one of the only places in a resume, and the best place, where you can use emotion to communicate part of who you are and leave a lasting impression. 

Using an objective is ideal if you don’t have much experience and you want recruiters to know you’re serious about doing a great job. 

A typical objective includes the following 3 pieces of information:

  • A short summary of your experience
  • And your education
  • Plus your “objective statement” where you describe what you’d like to accomplish and in what role

Typically, a good objective isn’t more than 2-3 sentences. 

It should be a quick and concise 1-2 sentence summary of your most notable experience and/or education along with your 1-sentence objective. 

Don’t list out your whole resume in block-of-text form, like this:


Certified Public Accountant with 6 years of experience. Experience with payroll, account analysis, account reconciliation, tax returns, collections, and most recently have experience training interns. B.A. in accounting from Sierra University, UT. Seeking to leverage my experience as a financial analyst to identify cost-savings for your organization. 

Instead, jot down the highlights that will be most likely to impress recruiters.

For example, take this objective written for a recruiter who is looking for an accountant to help them reduce production costs:


Certified Public Accountant with 6 years of experience and a B.A. in accounting. Helped reduce costs by 11% annually at Windows Printables, my most recent employer. Seeking to leverage my experience as a financial analyst to identify cost-savings for your organization. 

That employer might also need someone with payroll experience, but it doesn’t mean you should mention it here. 

Instead, pick out the bits from your experience and education that will be most compelling and relevant based on what the recruiter states they’re looking for most in their job description. 

You can mention the payroll experience later in your skills or experience section since it’s not of prime importance. 

What if you don’t have much experience? 

“That sounds great and all,” you say, “but I don’t have that kind of accounting experience or proven results I can reference.”

Fear not, for an objective is the perfect tool for any new accountant when done right.

For example, let’s take that same job post. If you don’t have specific experience reducing costs at a big organization, you could pull from experience managing the finances at the family business: 


Dedicated entry-level analyst with a B.A. in accounting. Helped identify tax savings preparing a dozen tax returns over the past year. Managed business spending and analyzed financial reports for the family business over the past 2 years. Seeking to utilize my passion and enthusiasm for accounting to help your organization identify cost savings. 

Can’t you just feel the passion?

They might not have the most experience, but that objective will help them stand out in a big way among an ocean of often bland and forgettable profiles. 

That’s a whole lot better than giving it to them straight, like this:


Junior accountant with a B.A. in accounting seeking an entry-level accounting position. No official experience yet, but I’m enthusiastic about helping your organization. 

Just because you have no real experience doesn’t mean you need to go right out and say it.

Instead, use the first example as a framework and offer what you have that’s relevant to what they’re looking for. 

Even if you only have one thing you can mention that shows the recruiter you could have the stuff to do the job they’re looking to fill, your chance of obtaining a response will increase ten-fold. 

4. How to write a resume summary that highlights your selling points

As opposed to an objective which acts as a quick statement of your professional goals and intentions that shows a recruiter a bit about who you are, a summary offers a more complete view of you and your experience. 

Why would you use one over the other? 

While they’re not all that different from one another, you might choose to use a summary instead of an objective if you have extensive experience. 

If you have the kind of experience that practically sells itself, a summary is a good way of leaning on that experience to impress recruiters right out of the gate.

Just remember: you want to keep it centered on hard numbers and real results. You don’t just want to spew your experience into a block of text:

Like this:


Licensed Certified Public Accountant with an M.B.A. in accounting and 8+ years of experience. I’m skilled in bookkeeping, administrative account management, account reconciliation, and have experience training new accountants in small teams. Member NYSSCPA, AICPA. 

Instead, list out your experience while emphasizing your results and the value you can bring:


Results-driven Certified Public Accountant with an M.B.A. in accounting and 8+ years of proven experience at large-scale firms. Created a reduction in costs for 3 of my last 4 employers, totalling 44% in annual cost reductions. Have managed over $48 million in account holdings. 

That summary would blow any recruiter right off their seat. 

If you feel like you don’t have the kind of experience that would allow you to write a compelling summary, use an objective at the top of your resume instead. 

With an objective that expresses to recruiters your ambition and passion for accounting, you can show them that you’re serious about what you do. 

5. How to write an accounting resume with little or no experience

Now that you’ve got an awesome objective or summary written, it’s time to move on to the bulk of most resumes: your experience section.

If you’ve got a lot of great experience, filling out this section won’t be very hard.

Just remember what we talked about earlier: format your experience section in a way that displays your experience and results prominently.

Make the header of each previous position the position you had, not the name of the company.

Plus, organize the bullet points based on hard numbers and results as much as you can. 

You can even place the most impressive item at the top of the list and bold it to make sure recruiters don’t miss it. 

“That’s great! But... I don’t have much experience.”

“In fact, I don’t even know if I can fill a whole page.”

No worries. 

There are a few things you can do to make your experience section shine even if you’re limited by only 1 or 2 recent positions.

Let’s say you’ve had two previous accounting jobs and neither has resulted in any specific results you can reference.

This is how your experience might start out, thin and boring:


Staff Accountant / Oct 2018 – Nov 2019

Treeholdings, Inc. – Ashford, CT 

  • Conducted quarterly financial audits 
  • Performed monthly accounts analysis and reconciliations
  • Managed payroll and employee pay issues

Accountant / Jan 2018 – Sept 2018

Weirman’s Tires – Ashford, CT

  • Analyzed and reconciled periodic financial reports 
  • Performed risk analysis using FRAP

But if you do a little digging, you can usually come up with a few more bullet points for that 1 or 2 jobs you’ve had to make up for the lack of job experience. 

By listing out a few more bullet points under each position, you can fill the page and show a greater diversity of skills and experience in the process:


Staff Accountant / Oct 2018 – Nov 2019

Treeholdings, Inc. – Ashford, CT 

  • Conducted quarterly financial audits 
  • Performed monthly accounts analysis and reconciliations
  • Managed payroll and employee pay issues
  • Oversaw monthly budget
  • Trained 3 interns during a Summer internship program

Accountant / Jan 2018 – Sept 2018

Weirman’s Tires – Ashford, CT

  • Analyzed and reconciled periodic financial reports 
  • Performed risk analysis using FRAP
  • Processed journal entries and maintained account records
  • Successfully managed payroll for all 15-employee
  • Took care of minor HR concerns
  • Established the recording of all month-end financial activity

Oftentimes, if you think hard you’ll be able to come up with a few extra points you can mention to beef up your experience section to make up for a low number of previous positions. 

In the example above, we added 6 additional line items, all relevant and sought-after, which will help take the place of a third job listing. 

You also might not have relevant results you can cite. 

However, mentioning things like how many employees you oversaw with payroll or the size of the budget of the business you managed are all decent replacements that lend some sense of credibility to your experience. 

Plus, even if the position didn’t last that long, listing more bullet points looks more impressive, like you handled a large number of responsibilities while you were working there. 

What if you have no experience at all

What if you’re fresh out of college and you haven’t even had your first job.

You could prioritize any certifications or degrees you have by formatting your resume with education at the top.

However, you’ll still want to get something you can list in your experience section if you have nothing at all.

Chances are, you have something you can mention along with a few relevant bullet points, like having helped manage the finances of the family business.

But if you don’t, here are some ways you can get more experience fast:

  • Use your accounting skills to help during a volunteer event 
  • List a non-accounting job where you used accounting-related skills and make those your bullet points
  • Get an internship
  • Do free work for a friend or a local business

And the great part is, it really doesn’t matter if that experience was only for a month or two. 

Just the fact that you have something you’re able to put down on the page that showed you applying your accounting skills is what counts. 

6. Why listing achievements, like certifications and awards, is important for an accounting resume and how to use them

An extension of education, certifications– as well as any relevant achievements / awards– are a powerful way of standing out.

When it comes to accounting, certifications are a big selling point. 

Especially if you’ve passed your CPA exam and can list that beautiful “Licensed Certified Public Accountant” on your resume. 

But that’s just one example. You should list any and all of these specialized certifications if you have them:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Enrolled Agent (EA)
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA)

Some industries can get away without listing certifications like this on their resume. For you as an accountant, it’s a big selling point that you don’t want to pass up.

Remember: Accounting is a competitive job space. 

While there are typically more than enough accounting jobs to go around, there are also quite a few accountants (with the profession growing percent-wise each year) compared to other professions.

So, standing apart from the pack in any way you can is important. 

To use those certifications or other achievements, you could list them under education, like this:



  • Certified Public Accountant – Nov 2016
  • Slauson University – Seattle, WA
    • B.A. / Accounting – June 2015

However, it’s a better idea to highlight those certifications in their own labeled section below or above “Education” and make a big deal out of them. 

After all, you earned them:



  • Certified Public Accountant – November 2016

Don’t stop there, though.

To use those awesome certifications to their full potential, you’ll want to place them in 3 different places of your resume:

  • After your name in the header
  • In your profile/summary/objective
  • And in a separate “Certifications” section

If you have more than one certification to showcase, you can even consider moving that “Certifications” section up to the top of your resume. 

That could be especially useful if your experience isn’t quite as impressive as your certifications, as we touched on earlier. 

You spent the time and energy earning those specialized certifications. And, in terms of snagging interviews and a bigger salary, those certifications are gold.

So, get the most from them by making sure they’re prominent throughout your resume.

7. What skills should you mention? + How to do it right

Remember earlier when we talked about ways to fill up your resume even if you don’t have much experience?

Creating an impressive resume when you don’t have much experience is partly about formatting your resume to highlight your strong points, such as a good GPA, school, or certifications.

However, it’s also about figuring out what other information you can get down onto your resume to fill the page.

Why does that matter?

A good resume only takes up a single page. Point and period. 

However, you want the page to look full, not empty, as that can send the wrong message to recruiters. (I.E. That you’ve got little experience and not much to offer, even if that’s not the case.)

One of those areas you can use to fill your resume even if you don’t have much accounting experience is the skills section. 

That’s because you can pull from all kinds of hard and soft skills, such as:

  • Accounts receivable
  • Account reconciliation
  • Payroll
  • Account analysis
  • Tax returns
  • Collections
  • Problem-solving
  • Autonomy
  • IT skills
  • Time management
  • Leadership
  • Presentation skills
  • Work well in a team setting
  • Software-related experience such as Microsoft Suite and Quickbooks

However, it’s not enough just to mention your various hard and soft skills. 

Why soft skills need to be placed in context

One of the biggest mistakes that accountants make when crafting their resume is to dump all of their soft skills into a bullet-point list and call it a day.

Like this:


  • Critical thinking
  • Time management
  • Leadership

Instead, you need to add an explanation that offers context to each of those soft skills.

For example:


  • Used critical thinking to identify and lead a new initiative that uncovered $35,000 in annual tax savings. 
  • Optimized my time management at Baren Rentals to manage a total of 10 accounts simultaneously and $425,000 in assets

Instead of just spewing a bunch of skills onto your resume, you’re adding compelling value by drawing a connection between that skill and what you’ve used it to do at a previous employer.

And the great part about this is those 3 to 4 skills can easily take up 6-8 lines at the end of your resume, helping it appear fuller and you more valuable, when you may not have previously had enough to round out the rest of the page. 

Whether you have extensive accounting experience or not, putting whatever skills you have into context shows recruiters that you actually have the skill and then uses it as yet another great selling point. 

8. How to effectively list the technical skills you have experience with

Wait, does that same lesson apply to technical skills? 

Fortunately and unfortunately, no. 

Putting technical skills in context like what we did with the soft skills above wouldn’t make sense.

So, you don’t have to worry about that extra work. 

However, taking the time to list out all of your relevant technical (especially software-related) skills is still important. 

That’s partly because employers want to know you’re already versed in whatever program they’re using (or need you to use).

But it’s also important because most Applicant Tracking Systems (or ATS) via job boards online crawl your resume for certain tech skill-related keywords.

By mentioning things such as “Quickbooks” and “Sage” you’re giving your resume a better chance of appearing in searches. 

Here’s a list of some of the software-related technical skills you can include on your resume:

  • Sage (Including Sage Intact, Business Cloud Accounting, and 50Cloud)
  • Microsoft Excel / Microsoft Suite
  • Quickbooks Pro / Enterprise
  • Freshbooks
  • Zoho
  • Gusto
  • Tipalti
  • NetSuite

This is just a small list of the technical skills you can include on your resume. Any program or tool you’ve used in the past that’s relevant to your job is fair game here.

However, keep in mind: in the case of a 1-page PDF version of your resume you may occasionally send directly to employers, you might want to cut those technical skills down to the most essential. 

Otherwise, you may have a hard time fitting everything onto one page. 

Let Resumebuild take your resume to the next level

Now, you know everything you need to craft an incredible accounting resume.

We covered: 

  • How to format your resume so your best selling points are prominent 
  • What recruiters are looking for– and how to give it to them
  • How to write a killer objective or summary that sets the tone for your entire resume
  • How to write an accounting resume effectively even with little to no experience
  • How to use certifications, achievements, and your skillset as additional selling points, instead of just those things you stuff at the end of your resume

Accounting is one of the most popular professions in the U.S. 

But if you know how to stand out, you’re far above the pack. 

Use the tips above to craft an amazing resume that leaves a lasting impression with recruiters and gets the phone calls rolling in.

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More Job Descriptions for :



  • Filed tax returns and prepared governmental reports in compliance with strict standards.
  • Analysed monthly balance sheet accounts for corporate reporting.
  • Computed taxes owed by applying prescribed rates, laws and regulations.
  • Reduced annual tax adjustments through better financial control.
  • Suggested budgetary changes to increase company profits.
  • Compute taxes owed and prepare tax returns, ensuring compliance with payment, reporting or other tax requirements.
  • Maintain or examine the records of government agencies.


  • Prepare taxation returns including partnership and company;
  • Prepare quarterly BAS/IAS returns;
  • Prepare monthly Payroll Tax;
  • Prepare payroll tax, fringe benefit tax;
  • Prepare and administer payrolls and payslips;
  • Generate financial statements and facilitate account closing procedures each month.
  • Maintain integrity of general ledger, including the chart of accounts.


  • Survey operations to ascertain accounting needs and to recommend, develop, or maintain solutions to business and financial problems.
  • Prepare and administering superannuation;
  • Reconcile daily and monthly bank account;
  • Inspect and operate internal risk control, including cash flow control, financial forecasting and risk evaluation;


  • Research and resolve billing and invoice issues
  • Verified transaction details, including funds availability and account balances
  • Dealt with suppliers
  • Collected financial data
  • Performed other tasks required by the Accounting manager


  • Proactively researched technical tax issues related to consulting projects.
  • Advise management about issues such as resource utilization, tax strategies, and the assumptions underlying budget forecasts;
  • Create periodic reports comparing budgeted costs to actual costs.
  • Audit financial and superannuation information.