Resume Basics for Big 4 Accounting
Before you interview with a Big 4 accounting firm, you'll need to get their attention and land an interview. These are difficult to come by, but with the right Big 4 insider information, you'll land one in no time. If you don't get an interview through a networking event, then your next opportunity to get the firm's attention is through your resume.
The resume is a summary or outline of you and your past experiences. It provides for a basis for your interviewer to get to know you better. In the finance and accounting industry, if you are applying for an entry level position or even a senior position, the resume should be kept to a page long. The only times I've seen a longer resume is when people were applying for a senior manager, VP, or CFO positions.
What should be on the resume?
What position are you seeking? Make sure your objective is concise and specific. Keep it under a couple sentences. For example, your objective might read "To secure a position in an audit internship program".
Put down your college, major and/or minor. You can also add relevant accounting, audit, or business courses that you've taken and completed. If you've gone to more than one college, make sure you list the most recent on top.
In this section, write down any work experience that you've had. If you've had a lot of work experiences, write down the ones that you believe are most relevant. If you don't have any job experience, that is okay. Move on to number 5 below.
5) Leadership & Activities
List your computer skills including any software you've worked with. This is also the perfect place to put languages other than English that you are fluent or proficient in.
Write down any awards you've received such as employee of the month, honor roll, or even if it is a club or organization award. Receiving awards shows that you are exceptional in some way and definitely is positive.