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Resume & Cover Letter Tips

Resumes

Resume is your best marketing tool. Well written by a professional cv writer, a resume catches the attention of prospective employers and systematically leads them through your skills and experience.

How do you write right? You want to sound clear, concise and focused. You want to look crisp and uncluttered. No one style of writing a resume is correct. Under the Career Center area on the main page of the website, we’ve illustrated several styles for the resume that are pleasing to the eye and effective. Please feel free to download these for your personal use.

When writing your resume, avoid the temptation to sound important—which usually backfires. “Furthermore, I utilized the management training modules for self-advancement” sounds a lot better when you simply say, “I attended training courses to develop my management skills.” Instead of stuffy words like utilize, nevertheless and give consideration to, just day use, but and consider.

Once you’ve mastered a good resume, keep it up to date so you’re ready when the phone rings. You can focus your time and energy on the interviews—and acceptance letter!

Resume Templates

There are lots of ways to write a resume—from chronological to functional (skills listed but not necessarily connected with a particular employer). Today, interviewers seem to frown on functional resumes, assuming you’re hiding something—your age, firings, or some other information. Below is an overview of the key components of a chronological resume.
Name
Address
Telephone
E-mail: Only professional looking addresses; no .

Professional Objective: Optional—this information is often better left to the cover letter. If you do put it in your resume, avoid generic statements about “potential for growth” and “putting your skills to work.” Get specific.

Summary of Qualifications: Feature highlights that, like a movie trailer, will make people want to read on. Customize for the specific job. Get creative—though stay honest—with expertise, traits, distinctions and even quotes and testimonials from employers.

Experience: Include employer, location, years worked (not months—more on that in a minute), responsibility statement (keep it brief; include industry keywords) and accomplishments. Make everything pass the “so what” test. Show the positive results and successful outcomes you generated. Use bullets to make it easy to read.

Education: Starting with most recent, list degrees, university or college, city, state. Dates are not necessary.

Professional Development & Training: Illustrate your interest in lifelong learning and personal development.

Technical Skills: List skills such as Excel, Photoshop, PowerPoint, HTML, etc.

Military (if appropriate)

Affiliations/Volunteerism: Keep them relevant, but show you contribute and care.

Other: Include foreign languages, honors, publications, certifications, professional licenses, etc.

Don’t list personal hobbies or interests not relevant to the position. And no need to write: References available upon request. They’d better be!

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Insider Secrets To Making Seductive Resumes

For every accounting position advertised in the newspapers or online, there are hundreds of resumes sent in by applicants. Let’s just say that if 100 people apply for an accounting position, including you, this would of course mean that you have a 1% chance of getting that job. That said, it is important to know…

The special trick you can do with resumes that will increase your responses by 80%.

How to polish up your resume to attract job offers like a magnet.
How to convince potential employers into seeing your full potential instantly.
How to create a resume for accounting jobs if you are changing careers into accounting (this is very critical because career changers’ resumes are thrown out 99% of the time)
How one sentence you put on your resume can instantly get the potential employer’s attention and entice them to read your resume out of hundreds of other resumes.

“… my few nibbles increased to so many job interviews…”

“I was sending out hordes of resumes and hardly getting a nibble. I wasn’t prepared for this tough job market. When I applied your techniques, however, things changed. My few nibbles increased to so many job interviews I could hardly keep up with them!”
-Shannon Fleming
CPA
New York, NY

How to generate the potential employer’s attention with your resume even if you don’t have any accounting experience.

When to use a functional resume and when to use a chronological resume.

The different types of resumes to use in different situations (I will provide you with sample accounting resumes for grads, career changers, and various accounting positions).

How to make your resume persuade any employer just like your television hypnotizes you.

This simple trick that will make your resume more professional and attractive even without an education section.

The skills that accounting employers will be looking for on your resume.
How to start your resume with a bang! (Did you know that you must get the attention of the employer within 4 to 9 seconds? Otherwise, your resume will be thrown in the garbage!)

“… I only answered six ads…”

“This is the first time I looked for a job in this country. My English isn’t so good. I was expecting a tough time and only entry-level position at best. Without your information, I am sure that’s all I would have got.

I only answered six ads. I was surprised. I got three interviews. I accepted an offer with a major bank as financial analyst. My husband and I are very, very grateful to you.”
-Ellen Lam
Financial Analyst
Calgary, AB