Accounting Resume Keywords and Skills (Hard Skills)

Here are the keywords and skills that appear most frequently on recent Accounting job postings. In other words, these are the most sought after skills by recruiters and hiring managers. So try to include them on your resume where possible. Go to the Sample Templates ↓ below to see how to include them on your resume.

Remember that every job is different. Instead of including all these keywords on your resume, identify the keywords most relevant to the job you're applying to and include those. Use the free Targeted Resume tool to help with this.

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  • Accounting
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Analysis
  • Account Reconciliation
  • Financial Accounting
  • Microsoft Access
  • General Ledger
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  • Accounts Payable
  • Auditing
  • Financial Statements
  • Tax
  • SAP Products
  • Accounts Receivable (AR)
  • Finance
  • Internal Controls
  • Data Analysis
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Accounting Software
  • Management
  • Fixed Assets
  • International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
  • Business Planning
  • Business Strategy
  • Team Leadership
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Financial Audits
  • Strategic Planning
  • Negotiation
  • Internal Audit
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Corporate Tax
  • Income Tax
  • Tax Advisory
  • Tax Accounting
  • Tax Research
  • International Tax
  • Tax Preparation
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Tax Compliance
  • Tax Planning
  • Assurance
  • Corporate Tax Planning
  • Bookkeeping
  • QuickBooks
  • Payroll
  • Invoicing
  • Journal Entries
  • Data Entry
  • Accounts Payable & Receivable
  • Management Accounting
  • Variance Analysis
  • Budgeting
  • Forecasting
  • Accruals
  • Cash Flow
  • Balance Sheet
  • Managerial Finance
  • Value-Added Tax (VAT)
  • Prepayment
  • Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Teamwork
  • Client Billing
  • Sage ContaPlus
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV
  • U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Revenue Recognition
  • Consolidation
  • Analytical Skills
  • Chartered Financial Analyst
  • Cost Accounting
  • U.S. SEC Filings
  • Financial Modeling
  • Due Diligence
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Banking
  • Nitro
  • Business Control
  • Cost Control
  • Budget Process
  • SAP BusinessObjects
  • Corporate Finance
  • Managing Media Relations
  • Xero
  • Sage 50cloud
  • Time Management
  • Sage Accounts
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Organization Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Research
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Resume Skills: Regulatory

Resume Skills: Software

  • QuickBooks
  • FreshBooks
  • Xero
  • Zoho Books
  • Tally
  • Sage 50cloud
  • Oracle Financials
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP
  • SAP
  • Sage
  • Quickbooks
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Sage 50
  • NetSuite
  • Tableau
  • MS Excel
  • TurboTax
  • TaxACT
  • ProSeries
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Resume Skills: Finance & Accounting

  • GAAP Compliance
  • Financial Reporting
  • SOX Compliance
  • Regulatory Reporting
  • Auditing (Internal, External)
  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Budget Planning
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Corporate Financing
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Resume Skills: Regulations

Resume Skills: Financial Analysis Tools

Resume Skills: Statistical Software

Resume Skills: Data Visualization

Resume Skills: Programming

Resume Skills: Financial Analysis

Resume Skills: Microsoft Office

Resume Skills: Audit Tools

Resume Skills: Other

Resume Skills: Spreadsheets & Databases

Resume Skills: Payment Systems

Resume Skills: Languages

Resume Skills: Taxation & Accounting

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Compare Your Resume To These Accounting Skills (ATS Scan)

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Sample Accounting Resume: How To Include These Skills

Add keywords directly into your resume's work experiences, education or Skills section, like we've shown in the examples below. Use the examples below as inspiration.

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Your Name
Accounting Professional
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded January 2020 - Present
Senior Accountant
Streamlined financial operations by implementing a new SAP accounting system, resulting in a 30% reduction in reconciliation discrepancies.
Managed a team of 5 accountants, fostering a cooperative environment and increasing overall performance by 25%.
Overhauled the monthly financial reporting process, improving accuracy and cutting completion time by 20%.
Spearheaded an initiative to identify and rectify discrepancies in accounts receivable, resulting in a recovery of $500k.
Conducted internal audits, enforcing internal controls and ensuring compliance with international financial reporting standards (IFRS). May 2017 - December 2019
Performed complex general ledger reconciliations, improving the accuracy of financial statements by 15%.
Utilized accounting software to expedite the account reconciliation process, saving 10 hours each week.
Analyzed financial reports, providing actionable data analysis to drive cost reductions.
Managed fixed assets register maintaining 100% accuracy over three years.
Ernst & Young February 2015 - April 2017
Junior Accountant
Assisted in monthly close processes, reducing timeframes by 5 days.
Processed accounts payable and receivable transactions, maintaining a record of 100% accuracy.
Gained expertise in financial accounting systems and reports.
Resume Worded Institute January 2020
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) - Level III
Certified by the CFA Institute, globally recognized
Resume Worded University April 2015
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Finance
Emphasis on Advanced Financial Analysis & Reporting
Awarded: Resume Worded Excellence in Finance (Top 5%)
Accounting Software: QuickBooks, FreshBooks, Xero, Zoho Books, Tally, Sage 50cloud
Financial Analysis: Financial Modeling, Variance Analysis, Cash Flow Management, Financial Risk Assessment, Financial Forecasting
Reporting & Compliance: GAAP Compliance, Financial Reporting, SOX Compliance, Regulatory Reporting, Auditing (Internal, External)
Microsoft Office: MS Excel (Expert), MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Outlook
Certifications: Certificate in Management Accounting (CIMA, 2019)
Leadership & Volunteering: Financial Literacy Instructor, Local Community Center (2017 – Present)
Professional Development: Attended Annual Accounting and Finance Conference (2018, 2019)
Projects: Financial workflow system revamp leading to 20% operational efficiency increase at
Your Name
Finance Officer
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE February 2019 - Present
Chief Finance Officer
Led financial strategic planning, aligning finance with overall business strategy and achieved a 20% increase in profits.
Managed financial risk, introducing internal controls thereby improving stability during economic downturns.
Oversaw the management of company fixed assets, enforcing proper record-keeping and auditing practices.
Developed and implemented financial policies, ensuring compliance with local tax laws and international financial reporting standards (IFRS).
Directed finance team to achieve organizational objectives, improving department's efficiency by 30%.
Resume Worded June 2016 - January 2019
Finance Manager
Provided financial analysis for executive decision-making, resulting in a 10% reduction in operational costs.
Structurally redefined accounts payable process, reducing payment cycle by 25%.
Established robust auditing procedures, significantly improving internal controls.
Deloitte March 2013 - May 2016
Financial Analyst
Generated accurate financial reports, increasing transparency in business performance.
Identified and communicated financial risks through data analysis.
Managed bank reconciliations, ensuring accurate financial reporting.
Resume Worded Institute February 2019
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) - Level III
Completed while serving as CFO at
Resume Worded University May 2013
Master of Business Administration - Finance
Specialization in Corporate Finance
Awards: Resume Worded Achievement Fellow (Top 5% of the class)
Finance & Accounting: Financial Modeling, Financial Forecasting, Budget Planning, Financial Risk Management, Corporate Financing, Financial Reporting
Software: Microsoft Excel (Advanced), QuickBooks, Xero, Sage 50, NetSuite, Tableau
Regulations: SOX Compliance, GAAP, IFRS, SEC Reporting, Financial Regulation
Languages: English (Native), French (Conversational), Spanish (Basic)
Certifications: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
Leadership & Volunteering: Finance Mentoring Program, Resume Worded (Mentor), Established Company's Green Initiative (Chair)
Projects: Initiated and managed financial restructuring project at Resume Worded, resulting in annual savings of $1M+
Professional Memberships: Member of the American Institute of CPAs, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
Your Name
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded April 2018 - Present
Senior Auditor
Led auditing projects, resulting in an average of 20% increase in operational efficiencies.
Implemented effective auditing strategies, identifying financial risks and mitigating losses by $200k.
Trained and managed a team of 4 auditors, reducing errors in audit reports by 15%.
Reviewed and updated Internal Controls, ensuring compliance with international financial standards (IFRS).
Mastered usage of advanced accounting software to automate audit processes, reducing overall workload by 30%. June 2014 - March 2018
Executed internal and external audits, detecting and addressing financial discrepancies.
Ensured compliance of company’s financial statements with legal regulations and tax laws.
Enhanced efficiency of auditing process by utilizing Microsoft Access for large data management.
KPMG January 2012 - May 2014
Assistant Auditor
Supported lead auditor in compiling financial record investigations.
Prepared accurate audit reports in compliance with internal standards.
Developed skill set in analyzing financial data for auditing purposes.
Resume Worded Academic Center March 2018
Master's in Business Administration (MBA) - Finance
Specialization in Audit and Compliance
Resume Worded University December 2011
Bachelor of Commerce - Accounting and Finance
Minors in Business Law, Graduated with Honors
Associated with the department’s Audit and Accounting Club
Audit Tools: ACL Audit, IDEA, TeamMate, Riskalyze, AutoAudit
Accounting Software: QuickBooks, Oracle Financials, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Xero, SAP, Sage
Regulatory Compliance: GAAP, IFRS, SOX, US Tax Laws, SEC regulations
Other Skills: Financial Reporting, Risk Management, Internal Controls, Cost Accounting
Certifications: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) - 2018
Training & Courses: Attended Fraud and Misconduct Investigation Workshop, 2019, Forensic Accounting Training Program, 2017
Awards: Best Senior Auditor Award, Resume Worded, 2020
Volunteering: Annual Volunteer, United Way, 2015-Present
Your Name
Financial Analyst
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE March 2019 - Present
Director of Financial Analysis
Led a team of financial analysts, increasing team's productivity by 15%.
Streamlined financial analysis process using Data Analysis techniques, improving prediction accuracy of future trends by 20%.
Improved financial reporting standards, resulting in a more accurate reflection of company’s financial standing.
Conducted extensive financial analysis and provided recommendations that increased company’s profits by 15% over two years.
Enhanced usage of SAP products within the finance team, increasing efficiency by accelerating the financial reporting process by 20%.
Resume Worded July 2014 - February 2019
Senior Financial Analyst
Prepared and presented financial reports, enabling data-driven decision making.
Identified cost-saving opportunities through financial analysis, reducing overheads by 15%.
Executed account reconciliations for timely and accurate financial reporting.
JP Morgan February 2011 - June 2014
Financial Analyst
Generated accurate financial forecasts, contributing to the company’s strategic planning.
Utilized Microsoft Access for effective management of large financial datasets.
Managed monthly bank reconciliations, maintaining 100% accuracy in reporting.
Resume Worded University July 2010
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Finance
Concentration in Financial Strategy, Graduated with Honors
Resume Worded Academic Center June 2014
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) - Level III
Completed Level III concurrently with role at JP Morgan - Part-time
Financial Analysis Tools: QuickBooks, NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics, Sage
Statistical Software: SPSS, STATA, SAS, EViews
Data Visualization: Tableau, Power BI, Domo, SAP Lumira
Programming: Python (Advanced), R (Intermediate), SQL (Advanced)
Certifications: Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Risk Analyst (CRA)
Leadership & Volunteering: Treasurer of Community Investment Fund organization, Chair of Resume Worded Charity Committee
Professional Development: Ongoing participant in financial training programs and workshops
Publications: Co-author of research paper in Journal of Finance and Management Analysis
Your Name
Tax Accountant
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded June 2018 - Present
Senior Tax Accountant
Introduced tax optimization strategies, saving the company $300k in annual tax expenses.
Audited company tax reports for compliance with local and federal tax laws, reducing risk of non-compliance penalties.
Led a team of junior tax accountants, nurturing skill development and increasing team productivity by 35%.
Managed tax accounting tasks using SAP products, improving efficiency by streamlining processes by 20%.
Completed accurate tax forecasts, aiding executive decision-making and budgeting strategies. January 2015 - May 2018
Tax Accountant
Prepared accurate and timely tax returns compliant with tax laws.
Managed tax-related financial records using accounting software, improving record accuracy.
Analyzed financial reports to identify potential tax deductions, resulting in 5% tax savings annually.
PricewaterhouseCoopers July 2012 - December 2014
Junior Tax Accountant
Assisted in the preparation of corporate and individual tax returns.
Carried out basic accounting duties inclusive of account reconciliation and reporting.
Gained proficiency in tax accounting methods and regulations.
Resume Worded University February 2015
Certified Public Account (CPA)
Ranked in Top 5% nationally
Resume Worded University May 2012
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Finance
Concentration in Taxation
Graduated with Honors
Taxation & Accounting: Corporate Tax, Income Tax, Financial Accounting, Tax Planning, Tax Law, Tax Compliance
Software: MS Excel (Advanced), TurboTax, QuickBooks, TaxACT, ProSeries
Regulatory: GAAP, IFRS, IRS Regulation Compliance
Other Skills: Financial Analysis, Financial Reporting, Budget Management, Risk Assessment
Certifications: Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) - 2016
Awards: Employee of the Year at - 2017
Additional Courses: Continuing Education: Advanced Tax Planning - 2020, Tax Laws and Ethics - 2019
Volunteering: Financial Adviser at Local Low-Income Community Tax Clinic - 2018 to Present
Your Name
Accounts Payable Manager
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE August 2017 - Present
Accounts Payable Manager
Revamped accounts payable process, reducing payment cycle by 7 days.
Managed a team of 6 accounts payable professionals, driving a 20% increase in productivity.
Recommended and implemented new accounting software, leading to a 35% reduction in manual work.
Negotiated payment terms with vendors, saving $200k annually.
Ensured compliance with internal controls and financial reporting standards.
Resume Worded April 2013 - July 2017
Accounts Payable Supervisor
Contributed to profitability by negotiating favorable vendor terms, saving 5% annually.
Supervised accounts payable team, ensuring accurate and timely payments.
Used SAP products to automate accounts payable processes, improving efficiency.
Accenture January 2010 - March 2013
Accounts Payable Specialist
Maintained accurate vendor files, leading to improved relationship with key vendors.
Processed invoice payments, maintaining 100% adherence to payment schedules.
Managed key accounting responsibilities, including account reconciliation, and financial reporting.
Resume Worded University January 2008 - December 2009
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Finance
Specialized in Strategic Management & Control Systems
Resume Worded Academic Center November 2007
Certified Accounts Payable Associate (CAPA)
Achieved top percentile pass score
Accounting Software: SAP, Oracle Financials, Quickbooks, Zoho Books, Xero, FreshBooks
Spreadsheets & Databases: Microsoft Excel (Advanced), Microsoft Access, Google Sheets (Advanced)
Payment Systems: ACH Direct Payment, Secure Pay, PayPal, Stripe, Square
Compliance & Regulations: GAAP, SOX, IRS regulations, 1099 filing, Auditing standards
Certifications: Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
Awards: Recognized as 'Top Performer' for three consecutive years at Accenture
Leadership & Volunteering: Treasurer - Local Non-Profit Organization, focusing on youth development programs
Continual Learning: Consistently engaged in professional development via seminars and webinars on subjects like 'Emerging Technologies in Accounting Practices' and 'Streamlining Accounts Payable Processes'

How do I add skills to an Accounting resume?

Review the job posting closely.

Go through the Accounting posting you're applying to, and identify hard skills the company is looking for. For example, skills like Accounting, Accounts Payable and General Ledger are possible skills. These are skills you should try to include on your resume.

Add industry skills like Microsoft Access and Financial Accounting.

Add other common skills from your industry - such as Financial Reporting, Account Reconciliation and Financial Analysis - into your resume if they're relevant.

Add skills into your work experience.

Incorporate skills - like Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Accounts Payable & Receivable and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) - into your work experience too. This shows hiring managers that you have practical experience with these tools, techniques and skills.

Highlight specific financial experience.

On Accounting resumes, you should include examples that show you're comfortable dealing with a range of finance responsibilities, from reporting to automating tasks.

Emphasize your accounting skills.

As the job title suggests, accounting is a pretty common skill for Accounting roles. Use the infographic for examples of how to show accounting experience.

Use the exact job title.

Try to add the exact job title, Accounting, somewhere into your resume to get past resume screeners. See the infographic for how to do this.

Accounting Resume Templates

Here are examples of proven resumes in related jobs and industries, approved by experienced hiring managers. Use them as inspiration when you're writing your own resume. You can even download and edit the resume template in Google Docs.

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Senior Accountant / Accounting Executive

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Chief Accounting Officer

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Senior Accountant / Accounting Executive

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Modern Two-Column

Word Cloud for Accounting Skills & Keywords

The following word cloud highlights the most popular keywords that appear on Accounting job descriptions. The bigger the word, the more frequently it shows up on employer's job postings. If you have experience with these keywords, include them on your resume.

Top Accounting Skills and Keywords to Include On Your Resume

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Accounting Soft Skills

Here are common soft skills that appear on Accounting job postings. Unlike hard skills, which refer to tools, software or techniques, soft skills focus on character traits and interpersonal skills.

Do not list these words or phrases on your resume, and instead focus on the hard skills we described above.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What skills should you put on an Accounting resume?

Some effective Accounting skills you can add to your resume include:

  • Accounting
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Analysis
  • Account Reconciliation
  • Financial Accounting
  • Microsoft Access
  • General Ledger
  • Accounts Payable

How do resume skills compare between an Accounting Controller and an Accounting Specialist?

Popular skills we often see on resumes for Accounting Controller positions include:

  • Business Control
  • Financial Reporting
  • Accounting
  • Financial Analysis
  • SAP Products
  • Finance
  • Budgeting

In comparison, skills we see on Accounting Specialist resumes include:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Bookkeeping
  • Value-Added Tax (VAT)
  • Xero
  • Account Reconciliation
  • QuickBooks
  • Management Accounting
  • Tax

What are good resume skills to include for different Accounting roles and job titles?

Depending on the specific role you apply to, you may need to emphasize different skill sets. Here are a few examples:

  • Accounting Specialist: Accounting, Financial Accounting, Bookkeeping, Value-Added Tax (VAT) and Financial Reporting
  • Accounting Controller: Business Control, Financial Analysis, SAP Products, Finance and Budgeting
  • Accounting Tutor: QuickBooks, Tax Preparation, Peer Tutoring and Auditing

Target your Resume to a Job Description

While the keywords above are a good indication of what skills you need on your resume, you should try to find additional keywords that are specific to the job. To do this, use the free Targeted Resume tool. It analyzes the job you are applying to and finds the most important keywords you need on your resume.

It is personalized to your resume, and is the best way to ensure your resume will pass the automated resume filters.

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