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.
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