Twitter

Sign up for Email Alerts

Integrated Solutions Lead
San Antonio, TX

Advanced knowledge of programming language(s), software development tools and environment(s) and systems analysis and functional design

Writing an Impactful Resume

December 19, 2013
Writing an Impactful Resume

Whether you are looking for a short-term or long-term assignment, your resume is an important tool in securing employment as a finance and accounting consultant. It is the first thing that hiring managers see when considering you for employment, and if you are not careful, it may be the last. Nicole Meyer, founder & managing partner of The Meyer Partnership, who spoke at the 2013 Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) Annual Conference shares the biggest mistakes that finance and accounting executives make when drafting their resume and how they can avoid these to draft an impactful resume.

 

What are the biggest mistakes that finance and accounting executives make when drafting their resume?

Certainly one of the biggest mistakes we see is people taking their old resume and just adding a paragraph up top about the job they’ve had for the last several years.  Despite the fact that you may have a resume that you think is great, the fact that you are simply adding a paragraph to the top tells me that you’re really not giving a lot of thought as to how you are presenting yourself. You are just putting some facts on paper – and that in and of itself is probably the second biggest mistake. If all you do is put down facts about your job, your resume is probably pretty flat and doesn’t tell the reader a lot about your skills and accomplishments.

 

How can individuals ensure that they are writing an impactful resume?

Hiring managers are looking for someone who can articulate on paper a specific skill set that they are looking for – whether that is finance, accounting, sales or marketing. Whatever it is, you’ve got to be able to define on paper what your responsibilities are and where you’ve achieved success, then define that success with metrics. Whatever your job is in the financial profession, ask yourself the following:

  • How did you actually distinguish yourself at the end of the year?
  • What did you achieve?
  • How did you help the organization?

 

Without specific metrics as to how you have done this, Meyer says your resume may look like 40 percent of the other resumes out there.

 

Click here for an article PDF.

 

 

Related Articles:

About the author

KforceKforce is a professional staffing and solutions firm providing flexible and permanent placement services, as well as outsourcing solutions, in the skill areas of technology, finance & accounting, healthcare and government. Kforce operates in more than 60 offices throughout the United States and one in the Philippines.

Archived Posts

About
Kforce is a professional staffing and solutions firm providing flexible and permanent placement solutions in the skill areas of technology, finance & accounting and healthcare. Kforce operates in more than 60 offices located throughout the United States and one office in the Philippines.
About this blog
Knowledge Employed is a career advice blog and job tips resource center, created and managed by Kforce’s staffing specialists. Whether you are a professional needing career advice or a hiring authority seeking business guidance, our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and tools.