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What Information Should You Highlight in Your Accounting & Finance Resume?

Landing an accounting and finance role requires a well-developed resume. Your information must pass an applicant tracking system (ATS) and grab the hiring manager’s attention.

Showing how your education, skills, and experience equip you for the position encourages the hiring manager to contact you for an interview. This brings you closer to securing the role.

Learn which information to highlight in your accounting and finance resume to increase your odds of being contacted for an interview.


Give your name, phone number, and email address. This lets the hiring manager know who you are and how they can contact you.


Briefly describe your skills and experience relevant to the role you want. Include your career highlights in one to two paragraphs.

Work Experience

Begin with your most current position and work backward. Include any internships you had.

State the job title, company name, location, and dates of employment. Then, bullet your main responsibilities and accomplishments. Include action words and numbers to support your achievements.


Begin with the highest degree you earned and work backward. Include the school’s name, city and state, years attended, degree earned, and major. Mention any clubs or associations you participated in and educational achievements you earned.

Certifications and Licenses

Use separate sections for any certifications and licenses that are relevant to the position. Include the title, license number, issuing organization, and expiration date.


List your hard and soft skills that are relevant to the role. Aim for 10 to 15 skills you developed through school or work experience.

Examples of hard skills include auditing, cash flow management, data management, financial management, and tax planning. Examples of soft skills include analysis, communication, organization, problem-solving, and time management.

Keywords and Key Phrases

Include throughout your resume the keywords and key phrases used in the job description. This shows you fit the job duties and requirements and should be contacted for an interview.

Including keywords and key phrases helps your resume get past the ATS and to the hiring manager. The manager should set up an interview with you.

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