Objectives for Accounting Resumes

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Although not a required portion on a standard résumé, objectives often indicate your goals for your accounting career. Rather than listing that you want a higher-paying job or to work with enjoyable people, tailor your accounting résumé objective statement to what the company might want from a new employee. List specific examples of how your accounting skills rival other applicants. Avoid using the word "I" when writing your objectives. Stick to one sentence that ties everything together.

Entry-level Positions

  • When applying for an entry-level accounting position, mention the skills at which you excel. If you specialized in taxation in college, mention this in a way a potential employer can visualize how hiring you would benefit his company. Mention skills that make you seem more than a newcomer to the accounting field. Example: "An accounting position for a company that values taxation laws and looks to increase yearly fiscal returns."

Higher Positions

  • As you work through your accounting career, you will gain measurable experience in a wide range of financial topics. Include this experience in your overview. Tailor it to the field you're looking for and express how hiring you could benefit the company. By reading your overview, the prospective employer should come away knowing they're hiring an experienced person. Example: "A position in an audit management field that requires proven experience in improving the corporation's profit and reducing loss."

General Objective

  • If you're applying for multiple accounting positions across many companies, it's often more effective to write one general objective on your résumé. Focus on the main reason you chose an accounting career. Consider what sets you apart from other candidates. Think about what a prospective company would want in an accountant. Example: "A financial career focused on providing comprehensive accounting of a corporation's profits and assets to help improve yearly taxes."

Specific Objective

  • Tailor each résumé to the position to which you are applying. Read the job posting to learn what the company requires. If the company wants someone experienced in QuickBooks or preparing loans, list this in your objective. When a prospective employer reads this, she is likely to respond favorably. She may also notice that you made an extra effort to learn about the company's needs, which can give you the edge over competing applicants. Example: "An accounting position that utilizes QuickBooks to analyze expenditure and create profit and loss statements."

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