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Five accomplishment statements for your accounting resume

July 20, 2011

Are you struggling with your resume? Is it hard to remember what you have accomplished? Here are five basic, highly valued types of accomplishment statements for accounting resumes:

Timely, accurate information


Accelerated the month-end closing process to the tenth calendar day of every month. Provide timely and accurate financial reports on operating entities and capital projects. Corporate Controller

Initiated an income and expense flux analysis for the first working day of the month that provides for early identification and correction of posting errors. Efforts contributed to accelerating the month-end close to the tenth calendar day of every month. Senior Staff Accountant

Internal controls


Developed financial controls that successfully scaled as the company grew from $10 million to $25 million of revenue per year. No material weaknesses noted by auditors during that period. Corporate Controller

Noticed a weakness in a client’s wire transfer controls that made a significant theft of funds possible. Recommended a change that was adopted immediately. Staff Auditor

Ability to use systems productively


Met with individual department heads to understand how they wanted to receive their budget to actual information and defined reports that met their needs. Resulted in increased use of reports and quicker decision maker attention to variances. Budget Director

Set up budget to actual reports as specifically requested by department heads. Resulted in increased use of reports and quicker decision-maker attention to variances. Budget Analyst

Works well with others


Built relationships within the Firm, both domestically and internationally, to have the resources necessary to meet clients’ informational needs in less than 24 hours. Big Four Audit Manager

Assigned to work with Purchasing as their single point of contact with Accounting. Automated preparation of three “shadow system” reports that had previously required 10 hours of staff time per week. Staff Accountant

Technical & business expertise


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MBA. Any Career Level

Donna Svei, CPA, CFE is an executive search consultant and resume writer. named her one of their “11 for 2011: Career Experts Who Can Help Your Job Search.” Donna blogs at You will find her on GooglePlus at and on LinkedIn at . Donna can be reached at (208) 721-0131 or

Comments (1)
I would like to thank for your valuable information. It will be very helpful for presenting accounting accomplishments.
I expect some more samples of senior level accounting position accomplishments.
Posted by trbaral | Saturday, February 22 2014 at 10:18AM ET
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