There are a wide variety of jobs and career paths within Accountancy and Finance.
However no matter what stage or level you have reached in your accountancy career there are a number of key competencies that you should have and must reflect in your Accountancy and Finance CV.
Key competencies are the skills you possess which demonstrate your ability to do the job and they should be emphasised throughout your Accountancy and Finance CV.
This selection of competencies for an Accountancy & Finance CV can be included if they match your skills and experience.
- ACCA/CIMA/ACA/CPA Recently Qualified Accountant
- 2 -3 years Financial /Management Accounting experience gained in a multinational environment
- Oracle or other accounting system experience
- Exceptional accuracy and attention to detail, strong MS Office
- Pragmatic ‘can do’ approach and solution drive
- A positive approach and attitude to changes within the workplace
- Ability to prioritise and execute tasks in a high pressured environment
- Detailed understanding of risk and internal controls
- Strong commercial awareness
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to work in a team environment and on own initiative
- Highly organised and used to working to tight deadlines
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills
- Experience of management of senior finance professionals
- Experience of management of large diverse teams, in multiple site locations
- Strong interpersonal skills both oral and written with very good telephone skills
- Ability to work on own initiative in a Team environment
- Good organisational & time management skills
- Strong negotiation skills
- Analytical approach / good problem solving skills
- Excellent reporting skills
Once you have decided which of these key competencies are most appropriate to your career to date then you need to provide solid, real life examples to prove those key competencies. Remember it is not enough to say you can do something you must be able to verify your claims.
Your CV is your own individual marketing tool. In effect you are selling yourself to the employer and as such the language you use in your CV is vital.
The following is a list of ‘good’ selling words and words that help to highlight your strengths, when used to describe a skill that you hold or a task that you have achieved.
These words are ‘extra boosting’ selling words. These words serve to really emphasise a skill or achievement.
Of course with All CVs the golden rules still apply
- No spelling or grammatical errors
- Simple, clear formatting
- Keep your CV concise
- Don’t lie
- No longer than 2 sheet of A4 paper
- Use up to date contact details