Quickly Get your Accountant Resume Noticed, with a Compelling Summary

The resume summary is a very rich section designed to quickly demonstrate you've got what it takes! Let's look at two examples of very compelling resume summaries for accountants.

1. Highlights of resume for Orange Inc.

  • Dedicated and driven finance director who consulted for Fortune 500 companies, with CPA and MBA designations.
  • Over 10 years of experience in financial reporting and 6 years in forecasting and account analysis.
  • Key accomplishment - Provided leadership and technical expertise to Operations and Finance personnel relative to intellectual property.
  • Key accomplishment - Managed two departments of 20 employees.

2. Summary for Manufacturer ABC Inc.

  • Accountant with 18 years of experience, both in the U.S. and Germany.
  • Analytical and solutions-oriented, with specific expertise in IFRS, as well as revenue recognition.
  • Create innovative solutions to improve profitability, both with medium businesses and multinational corporations.
  • Key accomplishment - Implemented a European Factoring Arrangement for Italian receivables, driving $10 million of incremental, accelerated cash flow.
  • Key accomplishment - Performed revenue recognition, analysis and forecasting that improved the company’s reporting system by over 30%, by implementing correct authoritative literature.

The goal of the summary is to: 1. show you qualify and 2. build a strong first impression. And you do that very, very quickly, in a few bullets.

In order to demonstrate the right credentials, the CPA designation is fairly obvious, along with various expertise such as IFRS, forecasting, financial reporting, etc.; keep the job ad in mind! Stating your years of experience is also a plus, unless you're too early in your career. The sectors or countries you've worked in are also meaningful.

Make sure your resume summary is tailored!

As I often repeat, accomplishments are the strongest elements of your resume, because they make you stand out from the crowd of accountants. On your resume, you want as many accomplishments as possible. But in your summary, you have to choose a few that seem most relevant for the specific job you're applying for. Which means that your summary repeats your key accomplishments.

It's a smart thing to be redundant with the most valuable info on your resume! A potential employer won't mind that you insist on "driving $10 million of incremental, accelerated cash flow," or "managing two departments of 20 employees."

If you write a strong summary using these tips, potential employers are much more likely to give your resume a good read. And that's a necessary step to getting more interviews!

More tips for accountants

If you're looking for more advice specifically for accountants, check out 5 accomplishments for accountants. But if you feel like 5 isn't enough, get the Accountant Resume Hacking e-book!