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What to Put on Your Resume with Two or More Years’ Accounting Experience

Written by AnonymousJuly 6, 2011
Accounting Resume

If you’ve worked in the accounting field for a few years and are considering a job change, you may wonder what types of experience to list on your resume.  Understanding the skills employers seek and listing them on your resume can help you stand out from the competition.  Potential employers want to see what you can offer their firm, especially skills that may benefit their organization. Here is a summary of key in-demand skills most accounting professionals have after a few years’ of experience to include on your resume:

  • Developed leadership skills by managing staff members: Include any management or leadership experience you have.  If you have participated in any second-level reviews of staff members’ work, be sure to let potential employers know about it.
  • Planned, managed, and finalized audits: Once you’ve worked on a few audits, you can add this important skill to your resume.
  • Reviewed and documented the operation of internal processes and evaluated ways to improve on them: If you’ve spent some time working in the field, be sure to include any work you’ve performed around improving or enhancing internal processes.
  • Performed internal controls testing in accordance with Sarbanes-Oxley section 404: Having experience with and knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley is a genuine asset to many employers. 
  • Identified business risks and suggested business improvement opportunities: The ability to identify business risks and make recommendations for improvement shows excellent business insight and is a very strong skill that employers value greatly.
  • Researched technical accounting and reporting issues and advised clients on revenue recognition, investment analysis, and presentations of various investments on financial statement: After three to five years of experience, you may have performed these tasks.  If you have, be sure to add these impressive achievements to your resume.  
  • Analyzed financial statement accounts for trends and reasonability: The ability to think and work analytically is highly valued in the field of accounting.