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Abigay Clarke MAAT
123, HILLY LANE, WEST CITY, NG1 234 | 07456 123456 ABIGAYCLARKE@HOTMAIL.COM
I am a senior accountant (MAAT) with 7+ years in practice, having exposure to accounts preparation, client bookkeeping, corp tax and VAT. I have proven communication, organisation and leadership skills developed through managing and mentoring a team of 5 in my current role. I am a competent user of SAGE, Xero and Quickbooks, together with Excel, Word and Outlook. I am looking for a full time role as a senior accountant and look forward to helping you further grow your business.
Star Accounts Limited, Nottingham
2014 – date
- Dealing with medium to large client companies across a range of sectors.
- Preparing accounts for Limited Companies, Partnerships and Sole Traders.
- Bookkeeping and VAT prep.
- Taxation work.
- Completion of management accounts.
- Preparing Balance Sheet account reconciliations for cash, accounts payable, accruals, prepaids etc.
- Ensuring that all supporting schedules are maintained and up-to-date.
- Holding client meetings.
- Managing and mentoring 5 junior members of the team.
Moonbeam Accounts Limited
2012 – 2014
- Handling matters for a broad range of clients large and small from the initial client meeting right through to completion of work and acting as a key point of contact throughout.
- Production of annual accounts using a variety of systems and spreadsheets (with relevant disclosures and explanatory notes and schedules).
- In my final year, managing and mentoring 2 junior members of the team
- Implementing and maintaining internal processes.
- Providing advice and technical expertise to junior staff across the business on a range of tax, VAT and other technical matters.
2013 : Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4) (MAAT)
2012 : Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3)
2011 : Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2)
Institute of Financial Accountants
Association of International Accountants
- Superb knowledge of accounting regulations and procedures
- Excellent knowledge of MS Excel including Vlookups and pivot tables
- Solid experience in payroll
- Strong analytical skills, excellent time management and very good attention to detail.
- Experience with SAGE 50 Cloud, Xero and Quickbooks
- Very good customer-service skills
- Well-developed communication skills both verbal and written, both with colleagues and clients
- Proven ability to work consistently and reliably even with tight deadlines
- Very good level of numerical accuracy
Outside of work, I enjoy playing netball, outdoor climbing and hiking in the mountains. I am also an avid reader of non-fiction books with a keen interest in the history of Wales, my parents’ birthplace.
Harry Jones, CEO
Star Accounts Limited
123 Low Road, The City, NG1 234
Earl Spencer, CEO
Moonbeam Accounts Limited
123 High Road, The City, NG1 234
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4 things to avoid when filling in your accountant CV template
Your CV is the one chance you’ll get to impress an employer, and hopefully make them want to pick up the phone and haul you in for an interview.
There are lots of things you should include in a CV, but there are also lots of things you shouldn’t. Here are 4 things you must avoid when filling in this accountant CV template if you want to get head and shoulders above the rest of your competition:
1. Listing tasks without performance
Writing a huge list of tasks for each of your past roles seems like the standard thing to do, but an employer is more interested in finding out how you performed. If you have a large employment history, some of which are not relevant, you should be focusing on showcasing your achievements as well as listing some of the main tasks.
Your work experience section should contain sales figures, generated revenue, examples of problem solving, promotions, and other instances of outstanding performance and achievements.
Bonus tip: Remind yourself of skills that are important to employers in your industry which might not be listed in the job advert by reading job profiles. For example:
2. Using clichés
One of the most frustrating things for an employer to see on a CV is cliché statements, for example – ‘I am a great team player’, or ‘I have fantastic communication skills’. The problem with putting down these bold claims on your CV is that you are not backing up those statements with hard facts.
An employer would rather see you prove your skills with actual examples. If communication is important to the role, then you could instead say,
‘I successfully negotiated a contract worth over £350,000’.
Using action words such as ‘managed’, ‘negotiated’, ‘planned’ or ‘achieved’ can help focus your CV on your achievements.
3. Poor presentation
If your presentation skills are lacking and your CV doesn’t match up to other applicants, it won’t matter how qualified you are for the role. A poor layout could make it difficult for the hiring manager to navigate your CV and find what they’re looking for.
Always consider using a ready made accountant CV template like the one on this page to showcase your information, and ensure your details are displayed in the best possible way. Not only should your CV be easy to follow, it should also be easy on the eye and impress the employer with its looks as well as its quality.
If you’re applying to a large employer, you may wish to consider an ATS-friendly CV template instead.
4. Choosing bad references
A common choice of reference for a CV is to go with your past managers and hope they give you a glowing review. The problem with this is that you may not be completely memorable to them, and you might also catch them off guard.
Some managers are in contact with numerous employees on a daily basis, and if you put down a reference from a job you held 10 years ago, you might end up with a very vague response.
Always contact your desired references first to make sure they are happy to provide one, and to also let them know who might be contacting them. You should also only choose someone you worked with closely, and not go for the CEO to try and show-off. A generic reference could cause the employer to become suspicious, and wonder why they are not getting a great deal of information about you.
Membership of a professional organisation such as the AAT
shows that you have attained a particular standard. It also shows that you’re interested in the industry and it’s not just a job for you. Even if you’re an accountant through experience rather than a formal qualification path, it’s worth joining as an affiliate member. Very often, professional bodies will offer their members career tools, information, advice and support, plus technical resources to keep you up to date within the industry. This, together with the additional recognition you’ll get from prospective employers, is usually well worth the comparatively modest membership fees.
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