Tips to Create the Best Accountancy CV .

True Financial Recruitment Specialists.
True Financial Recruitment Specialists.

In the competitive landscape of the accountancy job market, the smallest details of your CV can make all the difference in securing your dream role. To give you the best chance of standing out from the crowd and effectively marketing your skills and accomplishments, here are some tips from our team of expert consultants. 

  1. Beat the Bots! 

Get ahead of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) by including keywords from the job description throughout your CV. This ensures that your CV passes through the initial screening process and highlights your alignment with the job requirements the employer is looking for. 

  1. Address your Employer’s Pain Points  

Market yourself as the solution to an employer’s pain point by highlighting how your skills answer the business’s specific needs. If you are clear on your own USP then it will be easy for the business to see why they should choose you for the role. 

  1. Highlight your Key Achievements 

Prioritise your most impressive qualifications and accomplishments by listing them prominently at the top of your CV. This makes it immediately clear to employers what you bring to the table and why you are the ideal candidate. Use bullet points to simplify and ensure these important details are made easily digestible. 

Be sure to include AAT and ACCA certifications. 

  1. Simplify for Clarity  

Make it easy for employers to see your skills and abilities by presenting the information in a clear and concise format. This enables you to SHOW not TELL, highlighting the important actions you took in a previous job role and how these translated into results. 

Don’t over-sell yourself through your words- the employer can read between the lines. It is good to have some white space on the page, as this can be advantageous to enhance readability and make the key parts of your CV stand out. 

  1. Quantify Your Achievements 

To show not tell, make sure you use figures and quantifiable results to highlight your accomplishments. These figures will speak for themselves and demonstrate the impact you made in previous job roles. 

  1. Demonstrate Industry Knowledge  

Showcase your understanding of industry standards and regulations, such as IFRS, SOX and UK GAAP. Also be sure to note down your ability to navigate accountancy systems effectively and any strong IT skills such as Excel and VBA. 

  1. Emphasise Soft Skills  

In addition to technical expertise, soft skills such as communication, teamwork, creativity, and emotional intelligence are always sought out by employers. They give a more holistic picture of your abilities and your overall suitability to the workplace.  

  1. Check It Over! 

Ensure you have consistency in tense, style and formatting across your CV and keep an eye out for any grammatical errors. If you are demonstrating ‘attention to detail’ as a key skill, your CV is the first thing employers will look at to verify it! 

Follow these tips and strategies to ensure you create a compelling CV that markets your skills, qualifications and achievements and lands you the perfect accountancy role. 

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