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Our tips for your Professional Accountant’s CV

As a prospective accountant, perfecting your CV and personal brand are key to securing an interview. Companies and recruiters can receive hundreds of CVs for every advertised accounting role and most make a decision within seconds, so you need to make sure your skills and personal statement stand out from the crowd. Based on feedback from hundreds of clients, this is how our recruitment experts recommend you write and format your accountancy CV to land your next role.

Read on for our tips on creating your professional accountant’s CV and downloadable examples or find out how we work with candidates to help them find accountancy jobs.


How to Write an Accountant’s Personal Statement


A well written personal statement offers the best opportunity to grab attention and demonstrate why you are a good candidate for this accountancy role. Remember that your personal statement, along with the rest of your CV, will be read very quickly, therefore it is essential to keep all information clear and concise.

Aim to keep your CV to one page, or two at the very most, with the most relevant information at the top of the page.  

Do:

- Keep your personal statement/profile short, we would recommend no longer than four lines.
- Make sure you include your qualification in your personal profile (that you’re a CIMA / ACCA / ACA Part-Qualified or Qualified Accountant) This immediately asserts your expertise alongside your personality. Remember employers want to know the human behind the words.

Don’t:

- Take up the front page of your accountant’s CV with a long profile that uses general phrases such as ‘can work well independently and as part of a team’ or ‘excellent punctuality’. Your CV needs to be unique – don’t use generic phrases that anybody could use!


How to Include Education and Qualifications on an Accountancy CV
 

Emphasising your skills and qualifications is essential to getting noticed and landing that all-important interview. Many people are unsure how to list their qualifications on their accountancy CV, so our top tip is to always put the most relevant information first. 

Do:

- Keep your qualifications concise and in chronological order with your most recent qualification at the top of your CV:
- Professional accounting qualification (AAT / CIMA / ACCA / ACA Part-Qualified or Qualified). If you’re Part-Qualified, state specifically how many exams you have completed and how many you have remaining, it’s ok to still be developing your skills.
- Degree and classification of degree followed by which university you attended (if applicable).
A Levels and GCSEs.

Don’t:

- List out every individual grade of your GCSEs or A Levels, stating how many you got in a range of classifications is fine.
 

How to include an ACCA or CIMA qualification on your CV
 

If you have gained an Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) or Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification, these should be highlighted clearly on your accountancy CV within the qualifications section.

Anyone who has completed the required qualifications, modules and practical experience to become either an ACCA or CIMA member can use the relevant letters after their name on their CV, while those who are part-qualified can use the part-qualified designated letters.

 

How to add Accountancy Skills and Systems Experience to a CV
 

Prospective employers want to know if you have the right skills and how quickly you can hit the ground running, so highlighting any experience of accountancy systems and programmes on your CV is advantageous.

Do:

- List which accounting systems you have used to show your proficiency. For example, Sage, SAP, Oracle, Navision, etc.
- Be sure to list what you can specifically do in Excel, such as vlookups, pivot tables, macros, etc.
- You can also add any other useful systems like Cognos reporting, SAS or SQL for example. This may give you an extra edge if the employer often uses one of these.

Don’t:

- Describe your skills as ‘intermediate’ or ‘advanced’, as every company defines these differently. Use the opportunity to explicitly showcase your spreadsheet abilities.

 

How to Include Accounting Experience on a CV
 

Alongside your qualifications, your CV needs to include relevant accountancy experience and achievements. Use this as an opportunity to underline your suitability for the role.

Do:

- Include dates of employment. It might sound obvious, but many people leave it off. Make sure you include both month and year employed.
- This should also include the company and job title, with a brief synopsis of what your company does. Try to include which sector it was in, as well as a rough annual turnover. This enables employers to gauge size and responsibilities.
- Add as much detail about your current role on the front page of your CV as possible. This is what hiring managers are really interested in.
- List six to eight detailed bullet points around your current responsibilities or projects you’re involved with.
- Follow this with a list of three to four key achievements from those projects.
- Make sure your achievements are quantifiable so that hiring managers can see where you’ve added value. Make yourself seem like an addition they need to be including in their team.
- Include plenty of detail on your last five years’ experience.

Don’t:

- Include too much detail for roles you held more than five years ago. Hiring managers aren’t really interested in what you did 10 years ago!

 

Download our Accountant’s CV Template

Get a head start with your job search by downloading one of our accountant’s CV templates:

Discover how Distinct Recruitment can help you find accounting jobs or check out our latest Accountancy & Finance vacancies.

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