That’s how long you have to catch a recruiter’s eye with your resume, according to a study by leading US career site Ladders Inc.
What’s more, there are over 200,000 employed professional accountants in Australia, providing a huge pool of potential applicants for every finance role.
So, unless you want to fall at the first fence, your resume needs to be outstanding in its presentation and content. You need to stand out from the crowd and for all the right reasons. As well as detailing your employment history and current finance role, your resume needs to showcase your skills and achievements and summarise your career aspirations. Its aim is to create a quick but lasting first impression, and secure you an interview for the position that will provide the next rung on the ladder in your career as an accounting or finance professional.
Here are a few tips on how to format your resume. If you want to get the full guide click here.
How To Structure an Accounting and Finance Professional Resume
An amateurish looking resume will do you no favours and could land on the rejection pile even before the first interview stage. Follow these step-by-step instructions to format a resume that looks professional with content that grabs the attention of the reader and highlights what you have to offer in a short space of time.
Font Type: Avoid using a confusing jumble of different fonts. Instead, stick to one font throughout – nothing crazy or quirky, just something formal such as Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri.
Font Colour: Colour may be attention-grabbing in an advert, but is likely to create the wrong impression in an accountant’s resume. Stick to black for the body text, but consider using dark blue for headings, to guide the reader through the content.
Font Size: Consistency is once again the key. Use size 16 for the main heading (your name and current position), size 14 for subheadings (your contact information, education, professional summary, skills, and experience) and size 12 for the body text (the details under the subheadings). Sticking to a single font, and being consistent about the use of font sizes, will make your resume easier to read and more appealing.
Want to learn more about the content you need to include in your resume to attract interviews? Download the full guide by clicking here.