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Sample Professional Resume for an Accountant - Critique

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In this sample resume critique, the certified professional resume writer at ResumeEdge explains the process of creating the client's "after" resume from the client's "before" resume.Sample Resume

So that you may easily compare them to judge the quality of ResumeEdge's work, both the "before" and "after" sample resumes are linked below. They are also linked from the Sample Resumes page.Sample Resume

Sample Resume Critique

Dear Carole ~

Given your solid professional achievements at Leverpol & Solomon and Accellor & Damien, I chose an "accomplishments" resume to best display your qualifications.  This format emphasizes the superiority of your work and is the one most used by professionals.

I began your resume with a large name to make it stand out from the rest of the text.  I then separated your contact information (phone number and email), placing one to the left and the other to the right so that a hiring manager could easily locate this data.

In the body of the resume, I began with the tag "Accountant."  At a glance, a hiring manager can see where you've been and where your career is headed.  Beneath this, in italics, I listed your skill set - audits, internal controls, and reports.  I then wrote a brief qualifications summary that emphasizes and summarizes your most important qualities.

Unlike an Objective that tells a hiring manager what you want, a Qualifications Summary shows what you can do for that person's company.  You're sending a powerful message when you put a hiring manager's needs above your own.

In this summary, I describe you as meticulous - a much sought after trait in an accountant.  I went on to write of your bilingual capabilities and your solid experience at major accounting firms.  I added your technical skills in Excel, Word, and SCALA, then added that you attended the AIESEC Management Training Program.  I ended this section with reference to your willingness to relocate.

I detailed your work history in the Professional Experience section.  Rather than list your general accounting activities first beneath the Leverpol & Solomon heading, I chose your management duties.

In the industry, management information is always provided first to indicate your leadership capabilities and future potential for the hiring firm.  Here, I also separated your accomplishments from the rest of the text making certain to begin each sentence with the strongest action verb possible, while also revising data for clarity, conciseness, and maximum impact.

For example, you wrote:

"Supervised a team of four in the GL department."

I revised that to read:

"Directed activities of four staff members in the general ledger department."  Although the change in wording is slight, its impact is significant as it now sounds more professional and "directed" is a stronger verb than "supervised."

In another example, you wrote:

"Coordinated audit team to meet the tight reporting deadlines and the audit objectives."

I revised that to read:

"Coordinated audit team activities to meet objectives within time constraints." Again, the slight change tightened the sentence, making it sound more professional.

I ended your resume with an education section.  Generally, in US resumes, high school data isn't provided.  Given that you're seeking employment in Shanghai or Singapore, I felt this information might be required.

In order to keep your resume to one page per your request, I excluded your summer job at Six Flags Over Mid-America.  The job bears no relevancy to your professional career, nor is it necessary to include.  Your schooling ended in 1997, at which time you began working at KPMG, with no significant time gaps.

I also excluded most of your extracurricular activities (again, due to space considerations).  They, like your job at Six Flags, bear little relevancy to your career - except for your AIESEC management training.

Although your last date of employment is in 2001, a resume should not indicate why you're not working in 2002.  That information is best left to the interview process or, if you prefer, mention it in a cover letter, which is more informal than a resume.

All decisions to modify or exclude data were in keeping with the guidelines and standards set forth by the Professional Association of Resume Writers (PARW). With this resume, you now have a powerful tool that's well organized and filled with pertinent data, while also being aesthetically pleasing.

It was a pleasure serving you, Carole. Best of luck in all your future endeavors.

ResumeEdge Editor
Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)

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