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CV top tips for Accountancy & Finance jobs


The most important thing to remember when writing your CV is this; the purpose of your CV is to secure you the interview, not the job. With this in mind, see below for top tips on writing an interview-winning CV for Part and Newly Qualified Accountancy and Finance job opportunities.


8 CV Tips to ensure you secure interviews

  • Still studying?

    Be clear on where you are up to. Employers want to know how many, and which papers you’ve passed, if any of these were exemptions, and when you’re sitting you’re next papers. If you have achieved first time passes in all papers to date, certainly mention this.

  • Tailor your CV for each opportunity

    This isn’t to say you need to re-write your CV seven times a day, but to read the job advert/description carefully and ensure your CV addresses the key requirements. This may just mean re-ordering your experience to make the relevant points most pertinent.

  • I, not we!

    It’s important to make sure you take credit for the work and experience you have gained. Your CV should focus on skills you have gained, responsibilities you have had, and objectives you have achieved. So when writing your CV, use the first person I, not the collective we.

  • Be tangible

    You’re applying for opportunities in Accountancy & Finance, so use figures! Company turnovers, number of sites, the size of your team, time spent on tasks, reporting deadlines, etc., etc. This will clearly demonstrate to your potential future employer the kind of environments you have worked in and the pressures you are used to.

  • Explain yourself

    If the role you are applying for isn’t the next logical step in your career, explain your reasons and motivations for this. This could be in relation to the role itself, i.e. if you are an ACA Audit Senior applying for a Commercial Management Accountant opportunity. Or it may just be the location of the opportunity, explain your situation.

  • Be professional!

    Use an email account that represents you as a professional. opposed (That’s a tame example!)

  • The order

    CV’s should be written in reverse chronological order, with your most recent qualification/job/experience first and work your way back in time.

  • Finally, be truthful and honest

    If you lie you will be very quickly found out. You should go into interviews feeling confident! You are there because you have the right experience. If you have been ‘creative’ with your CV, you will undoubtedly feel anxious about what you may be asked in the interview and this will jeopardise any chance of securing the role and ultimately, waste everyone’s time.

If you’d like one of the specialist consultants at Hays to review your CV and work with you to ensure you are securing interviews, then please contact your local office.

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