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Would you like to give a great first impression to your hiring manager? Revise your application according to this Staff Accountant resume sample, which highlights suggestions from expert resume builders. Simply avoid making the same commonly made mistakes to increase your chances of being hired.
Add duties and roles to your previous positions
Instead of simply listing all the positions that you have held so far, describe in detail what your day to day duties were. Whenever possible, include quantifiable metrics so that the hiring manager can know what your specific contributions to that organization were. When describing your responsibilities, use action verbs and avoid generic phrases, such as responsible for. For your current position, use present tense. Do not use paragraphs; instead, use bullet points to make reading easier. Ideally, each position should have 5-8 bullet points. Use periods at the end of each bullet. In addition, always use third-person descriptions. WRONG: Staff Accountant 01/2004 to Current Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA Budget Analysis, Reporting, Reconciliations, Approval of Expense Forms, Monitor Banking and Credit Card Activity, Accounts Payable, Data Entry Waitress/Hostess/Cashier/Busperson 08/1999 to 01/2004 King’s Family Restaurants Claysville, PA Customer Service, Training New Employees Intern 03/2003 to 09/2003 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA Data Entry, Filing, Miscellaneous Projects for the Controller RIGHT: Staff Accountant 01/2004 to Current Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
Waitress/Hostess/Cashier/Busperson 08/1999 to 01/2004 King’s Family Restaurants Claysville, PA
Intern 03/2003 to 09/2003 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
Some details that are in the Accomplishments section can be moved here as well.
Keep your GPAs simple
One decimal place is enough for GPAs. Too much detail is not necessary. Only provide the hiring manager with absolutely necessary information and use the limited space that is available to you wisely. WRONG: Overall GPA 3.358 Accounting GPA 3.581 RIGHT: Overall GPA 3.4 Accounting GPA 3.6 Especially in a case like this, in which the message is to show that the Accounting GPA was higher than the Overall GPA, showing only the minimum decimal place that is necessary to get the message across is sufficient.
List your skills as bullet points, instead of as a paragraph
Bullet points make reading much easier for readers, thanks to the white space that they provide. If you are running out of space, consider putting the skills into two columns. WRONG: Computer Skills Proficient in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Quickbooks, Ellucian/Datatel, Google Docs RIGHT:
Also avoid redundant words, such as skills with proficient in.
Showcase your abilities in the Summary section
The Summary section takes up the topmost space on your resume, excluding the usual personal information at the very top. Choose carefully what you would like to put here, as this may be where the hiring manager decides to put you in the pile for the next round of interviews. The following is an example: Summary: Experienced Accountant successful at managing multiple projects and consistently meeting deadlines under pressure. Extensive knowledge of accounting software and processes, such as the MS Office Suite. Seeking a role of increased responsibility that will contribute to the company. Do you want to improve your own resume? Check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to make sure that you have the best chance possible at scoring your interview.