How to write an accounting and finance CV, with template

Niamh Collins 14.05.2018

Check out our guide to write the perfect accountancy and finance CV.

Writing a great CV can be one of the toughest challenges of job hunting. Most employers spend just a few seconds scanning each CV before sticking it in the yes or no pile. Fear not! We've compiled advice on how to get that all-important accountancy and finance interview.  

Top tips for accountancy and finance CVs

We highly recommend that you highlight ERP systems and show your industry exposure. When preparing your CV it’s a good idea to include if you’ve placed highly in exams, or passed on the first attempt. 

More frequently, we’re seeing employers requesting candidates with two to three years’ post-qualification experience in SSC. If this is the case for you, include this in your personal profile paragraph, an example of this would ‘+2 years post-qualified experience in X sector in shared services.’ 

Which keywords should I use to stand out as a accountancy and finance candidate?

Keywords, put simply, are words that are easily searchable by hiring managers or recruiters to search through databases, CV libraries or social media like LinkedIn. It’s what makes your CV or profile stand out

When it comes to using keywords, make sure you don’t just cram your CV full of them for the sake it. Only use keywords relevant to the skills, experience and systems knowledge that you have but make sure you do include any that you can.

Keywords in the accountancy and finance sector include: R2R, financial reporting, financial accountant, management accountant, financial analyst, ACA, ACCA, CIMA, SAP and Oracle.

Top skills for accountancy and finance job seekers

  • Post-qualified experience
  • SAP or Oracle ERP systems
  • Multinational or shared services experience


What not to include in your accountancy and finance CV? 

There are certain things that should not show up on your CV in order for it to be an effective reference piece. Here’s a short list of what not to include:

  • Personal information irrelevant to your job search 
  • Irrelevant accountancy and finance job experience
  • Poor spelling and grammar
  • Achievements that are not really achievements


Final thoughts

Make sure you have a profile with a synopsis about your experience at the top. Four to five lines is more than enough, then your education and your career history. 

Here are some of the templates for CVs for accountancy and finance jobs.


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