3 Ways to Tailor Your Accounting Resume for Specific Job Listings

July 25th, 2014

When applying for a job, you may believe all you need to do is submit a resume and a cover letter, then wait for a call for an interview. However, you need to put a little more effort into the process if you want to stand out from the other candidates.

No one wants to read a generic resume you could use to apply for hundreds of different jobs. Tailoring your resume is a great way to show the hiring manager you’re truly interested in the position and not just looking for any job you can get.

3 Ways to Tailor Your Resume for Specific Job Listings

Ready to add a little customization to you resume before submitting it for a job you really want? Use the following three tips to tailor your resume for each position you apply to:

  1. Speak the Company’s Language: Many companies use computer systems to scan resumes for certain keywords, only reviewing those with a certain percentage match. Therefore if you happen to use similar-yet-different phrasing, you’ll be passed up. Avoid this by tailoring your resume to include keywords used in the job description. Make sure it flows naturally, as you don’t want your wording to sound awkward.
  2. Change Your Objective: Write a new objective for each and every job you apply to. This simple little one or two sentence introduction allows you to add an element of customization to your resume, showing the hiring manager you took the time to personalize your application. Demonstrating a high level of initiative from the start can be the difference between getting an interview and having your resume tossed aside.
  3. Switch Up Formatting: Chronological and functional resumes are both perfectly acceptable formatting structures, so choose the one that makes the most sense for the job. For example, if you’re applying for a job as an auditor, but you haven’t working in auditing for 10 years, you’d want to use a functional resume. However, if you’re applying for a job as a senior accountant and you’re currently working as a tax analyst, use a chronological format.

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