Resume Do’s and Don’ts


Does Your Resume Put Your Best Foot Forward?

There’s A Lot of Opportunity – Make Your Resume Strong Enough to Improve Your Career

A New Year = A New Career? What a great time to consider a career in the accounting field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the strength of the job market in accounting will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. As more and more start-up businesses enter the economy, the need for skilled and qualified bookkeepers and accounting professionals has never been better. In fact, if you’re looking for a stable career with the ability to create a consistent and rewarding income, the accounting department has been a great place to be for over 500 years.

I’m Not an Accountant Yet. Is This Really a Stable Career With Potential for Growth?

If you have the right education and skills, it really is a stable career that offers great income and job security. In fact, the accounting profession has been around since 1494.As long as government requires all businesses to do accounting, there will be a need for skilled and qualified bookkeepers and accountants. At the end of this article, I’ll talk more about how to gain the right education and skills.If you’ve decided that you want to change your career and join the ranks of those who have found personal and professional satisfaction in the accounting field, you’ll need a resume that will knock-em-dead. Here is a list of some do’s and don’ts for putting together a high-impact resume that gets noticed.


  • Be concise. You’re not the only busy person in the world. Those reading a resume don’t want to know your work history beginning with the lemonade stand at age 7. Try to keep your resume to one page, but it can go over that length if you feel the information is relevant to the job and sets you apart from the competition.
  • Be interesting. If you were responsible for keeping a $1 million contract on target, say so. Tell how your work kept the client happy, produced quality results, and used certain skills. This also will give the employer something to ask you specifically about in the interview.
  • Be prepared. Study an employer like it was the last one on earth willing to give you a job. Know the key players and what they do, how to spell their names, what the company does, a business history, etc. This will help target your resume to the employer’s needs.
  • Be lively. Use words that convey action and enthusiasm. If you can’t think of any, get a thesaurus, watch commercials or read advertisements to get ideas on how to ”sell” yourself.
  • Hit the target. The key to resumes these days is homing in on what the employer wants, and what you can do to give it to them. Consider all the information on your resume from the employer’s point of view. What would its executives consider important to their industry? What skills do you have to help them win new clients, develop new products or make their company more efficient?


  • Don’t make mistakes. We all make them, so have someone with good writing skills read your resume for grammatical flaws, spelling errors, typos, etc.
  • Don’t be goofy. Most of those who read resumes would rather look at normal type on normal paper without straining their eyes or patience. Make the benefits of hiring you stand out, not the look of your resume.
  • Don’t offer personal information. For employers, it’s against the law for them to inquire how much you weigh or whether you are married, so it’s just better to avoid such personal data. At the same time, they probably don’t care if you needlepoint or are an enthusiastic tuba player unless it relates directly to the job.
  • Don’t stretch the truth. There’s a difference between playing up your abilities, and misrepresenting yourself. Don’t fudge the facts: it’s too easy to check the truth and ruin your chances at getting the job you really want.

Remember, practice makes perfect. This is true when writing a resume too. There are a number of sites online as well as books that give you helpful suggestions. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your resume. Be willing to rewrite your resume to keep up with workplace trends. As your resume writing expertise improves, so will your ability to find the perfect job.

How Do I Gain the Right Skills for a Job in the Accounting Department?

You need the right education, but you won’t find it at the local college. You don’t need a college or university degree to gain the skills that will make you a valuable asset to small business owners, but you do need a specific set of skills. At Universal Accounting, we’ve taught people like you and me the ins-and-outs of small business bookkeeping and accounting since 1979. We’ve been called the small business accounting experts for over 25 years.At Universal, we believe that hands-on learning is hands-down the best approach. The Professional Bookkeeper Program utilizes DVD-based instruction, easy-to-understand textbook materials and practice sets of actual small business bookkeeping records to give you real-world experience navigating the world of small business bookkeeping.Once you’ve finished the Professional Bookkeeper Program, you’ll have the confidence of having done a complete set of books for several small businesses, from a frame shop to a motorcycle shop. You’ll understand everything you need to know to work in the accounting department of any small business anywhere in America. From Accounts Payable and Receivable to Payroll and General Ledger, you’ll become a small business accounting expert.What’s more, you’ll be able to offer valuable and informative advice to business owners that make his or her business more profitable and successful. This kind of information not only makes your resume look great, but creates the kind of job security you and your family deserve.

Get Paid What You’re Worth

The opportunities in small business bookkeeping and accounting have never been better than they are right now. Robert Half International, the largest placement firm for accounting professionals in the world, says that bookkeepers are in so much demand that over the next twelve months they will be able to demand a better salary than ever before. You might as well be one of those professionals who gets paid what you’re worth.If you are looking for a new career or you want to advance the career you have now, the Professional Bookkeeper Program is the right tool for the right job. Last year we randomly surveyed 100 graduates of the program 12 months or longer after their graduation. Of that group, 74% of them presently work in accounting, had been promoted at their current job or had started their own business.

You Don’t Have to Take My Word For It

Click HERE to find out what graduates are saying about the Professional Bookkeeper Program.If you’d like to learn more about how a bookkeeping and accounting education advances your career and how the Professional Bookkeeper Program will provide you with the tools to do it, follow the link below. Don’t you deserve to find out more about how you can attain the professional and personal rewards of a recession-proof occupation that will create the lifestyle you want?

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It doesn’t matter if you have 20 years experience in accounting, or have never worked in the field before, the course is designed to provide practical, hands-on training for everyone!

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Practice makes perfect. The three modules already contain practice sets for nine different businesses. Purchase the Professional Bookkeeper program today and you’ll receive two more practice sets, giving you eleven in all. This will give you even more confidence and experience in various industries and the opportunity to work with additional types of clients.

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