Resume Writing Tips
There are literally hundreds of websites you can visit to receive help in crafting your resume. So, we are providing a short list of tips that we have found useful in developing a resume.

Normally resumes should be no more than two pages. The interviewer should be able at a glance to determine the highlights of your education and experience. He/she should be able to determine whether you are a CPA, an attorney, etc. Your specialization should be readily apparent.

The following represents an order we’ve seen presented successfully. Not all resumes need follow this format. The general rule - - Important things come at the top.

  1. Profile/Summary (optional)
  2. Education
  3. Certifications/Bar Membership (if applicable)
  4. Professional Experience/Employment History
  5. Computer Skills (if applicable)
  6. Publications/Associations (if applicable)

A Profile or Summary is an excellent way to introduce yourself. This is optional and should be kept short (usually no more than 4 lines).

An Objective can sometimes be useful but you must be careful because it could sometimes disqualify you as a viable candidate. You can leave it off all together or if you want to include an objective, avoid being specific.

All dates should be accurate. Use months and years whenever possible. Don’t be too worried about normal gaps in employment. Your recruiter will discuss this with you and help you prepare a proper approach.

List your Education with institution, degree and year. Add any qualifying awards, honors, specialties or events that apply to your career goals.

Leave Salary History off your resume. This is confidential information that you will want to protect from wide distribution. However, be prepared to discuss your salary history and requirements with your recruiter and the potential employer.

Remember you are writing your resume for a tax professional to read. Two lines of description are not sufficient if you have worked at a position for several years.

Include in your Employment History any references to current issues in the field (i.e., FAS 109; 482 Transfer Pricing, etc.)

Be sure to include specific numbers and cost-related savings where appropriate. Whenever possible your experience description should be performance/achievement based. You should list ideas generated, money saved, and any efficiencies created.

Always run the spellchecker and read your resume for proper spelling and grammar. It’s also a good idea to have someone read over your resume to pick up any errors which may have been overlooked.

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