Today, I’m going to share with you 7 of my best tips to position yourself as an accounting and finance professional that gets results for your employer.
- It’s imperative you tailor your resume for the type of work you seek. If you apply for a bookkeeping role within a small business and a divisional accountant role within a large organisation, you will obviously need a different focus for each. For instance: the bookkeeping role at a small business may entail you performing all facets of bookkeeping, payroll and accounts payable / receivable. Whereas a divisional accountant role for a large firm would entail you performing higher responsibilities – more than likely accountable for reporting, control of assets / expenditure, staff management, etc. It would be achievements based. Thus, you wouldn’t highlight bookkeeping type of tasks.
- Ensure you include a brief company description about the companies you have worked for – this is particularly important when the company name gives no clue about the business. For instance: you may be applying for a role at a construction firm who contracts their services to the mining industry. You may have worked at Zatto Industries Pty Ltd which, on its own, says nothing at all – however, if you were to state that this was a small mining company in the outback of Queensland, then the construction firm would be highly interested in you and your skills as you have an understanding of their industry.
- When compiling your resume look at everything from the hiring manager’s point of view. Most hiring managers are interested in what you can bring to the organisation… are you a go-getter? Do you achieve cost savings for your employer? Does your resume demonstrate it? Ask yourself some pertinent questions to ensure inclusion of punchy, relevant achievements.
- It’s important you include figures. For instance: you process payroll for how many staff? You oversee an asset register comprising a fleet of how many vehicles and valued at how much? You manage the accounting function for a business which involves how many companies? Etc.
- Your Profile and Key Strengths sections should demonstrate your capabilities that are applicable for accounting / finance positions – pick out the key elements that are required which may be: analytical skills, attention to detail, good teamwork abilities, etc.
- If you haven’t been in finance related roles throughout your whole career, then tone down prior employment history. It’s irrelevant so no need to highlight it.
- And the last rule which should be applied in all instances – irrespective of one’s profession – is to target the cover letter and resume for the job you’re applying for! This may mean altering the order of relevance in relation to some key accountabilities or highlighting certain achievements over others. There is no quick fix solution; thus, you can’t always use the same resume for each and every job. You need to read each vacancy carefully and scrutinise your application – each and every time. Not taking the time to do so (or taking a “She’ll be right” attitude) will mean that you don’t impress the hiring manager as much as someone who did take the time.
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