Resumes: Summary Financials, Not Footnotes

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on Jan 24, 2014. Posted inBlogging In Balance

Having been a recruiter for accountants for 20 years I’ve been around accountants for a long time, not to mention that I am one myself.  Some of the valuable characteristics that we accountants typically possess are:

  • Accuracy
  • Being detail-oriented
  • Honesty
  • Thoroughness
  • Exactness
  • A hint of perfectionism
  • And many others of course

However, some of these traits serve us very poorly when we are preparing a resume.  In fact, they hinder us.

Typically an accountant will make sure that their resume includes all their duties, all the details of their job, all their education, all their software experience, all their jobs Resumes should be briefsince high school, etc.  You will notice that the common denominator is the word “all”.  When preparing a resume, you may feel the urge to be as complete as the footnotes to financial statements (“full disclosure”), when in reality you should only be preparing ‘summary financials’ that give the reader enough to go on, but without giving them all the minute details.

The next time you are reviewing your resume or preparing a new one, read it like someone that is quickly trying to decide if they want to invest time in finding out more.  Don’t look at it as an all-inclusive history of your career; instead, look at it as a summary of the most important points.  Sometimes, less truly is better.

I wish you the best in your search.