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4 things to avoid when writing an accountant CV
The whole point of writing a CV is to showcase your talents to an employer with the hope of getting an interview. By representing your skills, qualifications and experience in the best possible light, you hope that your CV will clearly show that you’re the right person for the job.
If you want to stand a great chance of getting an interview, here are the 4 things to avoid when writing your accountant CV:
Applying with an old CV
If you use the same CV that you’ve had for months or even years, it will be unlikely to spark much interest from an employer. To help keep your CV looking modern and fresh, consider using a new CV template. Not only will this ensure you have all the relevant sections, it will also look great.
Writing a generic CV
Using the same CV to apply for numerous different jobs is a sure fire way of getting a rejection letter. It won’t address all the key skills an employer has requested in their job advert, and will likely serve to frustrate a hiring manager who’s trying to quickly see how you match up to the role.
Always tailor your CV to each and every role you apply for, and that also includes roles with the same or very similar job titles. There will always be differences in the skills required by an employee, no matter how similar the roles are.
Writing a long CV
The standard size of a CV is two pages, and any more or less could result in rejection. Why? Because an employer likes to have just the right amount of information to help them quickly decide if you have what it takes.
The recruitment process needs to be as efficient as possible, and employers are always keen to short list for the interview stage as swiftly as they can. If your CV spills over to three or even four pages, you could be making a big mistake. Unless you can justify the need for an extra page with an extensive list of relevant experience and outstanding achievements, you are not likely to win any prizes for a lengthy CV.
A one page CV would be more in keeping with the résumé format, and wouldn’t typically be expected by an employer in the UK or Europe. Two pages should be more than enough to include everything that an employer would want to see, assuming you are tailoring your CV to the role and keeping everything relevant.
Spelling and grammatical errors
When up against so many other applicants who have written error free CVs, you just can’t afford to make even the tiniest of errors. One simple spelling mistake will likely end in rejection, and when it comes to grammatical and formatting errors, your CV will have hit the bottom of the bin about a minute after you applied!
Don’t rely on the spell checker within Word, and always check your CV before it goes out to stand a better chance of having an error free application. To fully guarantee this, consider asking someone else to proofread your CV. Preferably someone with managerial experience who could also offer further advice.
Demonstrate professionalism on your accountant CV
Membership of a professional organisation always adds credibility to your CV. It suggests to employers that you’re interested in the accounting industry and immersed in the profession. There are of course 6 major accounting bodies in the UK, which are:
In addition, having a complete LinkedIn profile and actively participating in the community through social media can also boost your credibility.