Accounting Assistant Resume Templates & Examples

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Accounting assistant resume. It’s a tough job, and you need to be able to stand out from the crowd in order to land that dream job.

That’s why we created this guide—to help you craft the perfect accounting assistant resume that will get noticed by hiring managers.

Methodology

The goal of this guide is to give you real data what the “must haves” of accounting assistant resumes are.

To do that, we compiled and analyzed data from accounting assistant resumes and 38 accounting assistant job listings to get the data used for this our accounting assistant resume guide. 

In addition to accounting assistant-specific resume data, we built a database of nearly 1 million resumes and job listings, and we use a propriety machine learning model to understand the anatomy of the best resumes in general.

Quick note: using the data below can help you build a competitive resume, but it’s always important to be creative, unique, and personal to stand out.

If you want more info on our methodology, you can check it out here.

Accounting assistant resume objective data + accounting assistant objective examples

Pop quiz: do accounting assistant’s really need to use an objective? 

In general, whether or not you need an objective or professional summary can depend a lot on your personal career level (check out our article on resume objectives), but this is what our analysis found for accounting assistant’s specifically:

  • 37% of accounting assistant’s included an objective section
  • 26% of accounting assistant’s included a professional summary
  • 44% of accounting assistant’s included neither an objective nor a summary

Accounting assistant objective examples

Lifelong accounting professional seeking new employment. Strong record working collaborative and executing key initiatives to help meet company-wide targets .

Prolific and results-driven accounting professional able to win independently or collaboratively team. Seeking to join a reputable firm as an accounting assistant to help meet goals and KPIs.

Seeking a position as an accounting assistant where I can utilize my skills in financial analysis and data entry to support the accounting team in meeting company goals.

To obtain an accounting assistant position where I can contribute my strong organizational skills and attention to detail to support the accounting department in its daily operations.

Aspiring to secure an accounting assistant position where I can apply my knowledge of accounting principles and experience with accounting software to assist in the preparation of financial statements and reports.


Skills for accounting assistant resumes

These are the skills that occurred most frequently in in accounting assistant resumes, which means they tend to be core competencies or highly desired skills. 

Of course, you should only list skills that you actually have, and you should prioritize skills most relevant to the job you're applying for. But these are good core skills to include on your resume.

To get more detail on building a powerful skills section, take a peek at our article on resume skills.

*Note: to find skills our machine learning model basically looks for common words, so take these with a grain of salt and use your best judgment. 

Most common accounting assistant resume skills

Most common hard skills for accounting assistant resumes: accounts payable, bookkeeping, microsoft excel, record-keeping, and report preparation.


Most common soft skills for accounting assistant resumes: accounts receivable, complex problem-solving, financial auditing, listening skills, and mathematical reasoning


Other good accounting assistant resume skills

  • Accounts receivable
  • Complex problem-solving
  • Financial auditing
  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Collaboration
  • Payroll administration
  • Sales tax reporting
  • Reporting and documentation
  • Bookkeeping
  • Financial statements
  • Account analysis
  • MS Excel
  • Critical thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Invoices
  • Multitasking

Accounting assistant skills section examples

Note: these examples are formatted the same here just because it’s simple, but we have more detailed formatting advice (and examples) in our guide to resume formatting.

Accounting assistant skills example 1

Accounts receivable | management | financial auditing | mathematical reasoning | sales | leadership | collaboration

Accounting assistant skills example 2

Complex problem-solving | communication skills | payroll administration | customer-service skills | sales tax reporting | interpersonal skills | reporting and documentation

Accounting assistant skills example 3

Attention to detail | bookkeeping | patience | listening skills | account analysis | customer-service skills | ms excel

Work experience for accounting assistant resumes

Your work experience section is almost always the most important part of your resume. Because it’s difficult to pull trends from this kind of section, this section is mostly just examples. 

For some advanced strategies for writing about work experience on a resume, refer to our article on building a strong work experience resume section. We also have a guide on writing a resume with no experience if you’re just starting your career.

For now, it’s good to remember that the most important experience for any accounting assistant resume is the most relevant experience.

A couple examples for you:

Accounting assistant work experience examples

WORK EXPERIENCE

Sr. Associate Accounting Assistant

Mystery Meats Co., 2020-2022

Responsibilities

  • Check for accuracy in figures, postings, and reports
  • Enter (post) financial transactions into the appropriate computer software
  • Handle returns or complaints
  • Listen to customers’ questions and concerns and provide answers or responses
  • Produce reports, such as balance sheets (costs compared with income), income statements, and totals by account

WORK EXPERIENCE

Associate Accounting Assistant

Gekko & Co, 2016-2022

Responsibilities

  • Provide information about products and services
  • Put costs (debits) and income (credits) into the software, assigning each to an appropriate account
  • Assist Vice President/Chief Financial Officer with daily office functions
  • Help manage front office in Vice President/CFO’s absence
  • Reconcile bank accounts

WORK EXPERIENCE

Accounting Assistant Intern

The Frail Group, 2014-2012

Responsibilities

  • Assist in the six month/annual audits, file quarterly and year end taxes
  • Run checks for Insurance, Union Benefit payments and various A/P Invoices
  • Assist Payroll Administrator with payroll
  • Compile company information for prequalifications
  • Provide general accounting duties as necessary

Education for accounting assistant resumes

For most positions, work experience is more important than education, although it can be important for new grads or for fields in which specific classes are industry-standard. 

So it’s not a big section, but it’s still important, and often, accounting assistant job postings list a minimum education requirement. 

Check out our blueprint for education on resumes for our full playbook on education sections.

Data from our sample of 525 accounting assistant resumes

  • 5% accounting assistant resumes listed an associate’s degree
  • 64% accounting assistant resumes listed a bachelor’s degree
  • 31% accounting assistant resumes included a masters degree
  • 0% accounting assistant resumes mentioned a doctoral degree

Accounting assistant resume education examples

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Applied Science

Escuela de Peritos Electricitas de Isabela, 2020

Awards & Honors

  • Salutatorian
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • AP Scholar

EDUCATION

Associate of Science

Mt. Diablo Adult Education, 2016

Certifications for accounting assistant resumes

Certifications aren’t a strict requirement for every job, but there are almost always certifications you can get to boost your chances of success. 

If you want to see how to build these sections, we have a guide about certifications on resumes.

We did a little research and found certifications can help accounting assistant’s specifically, according to CareerOneStop.

Accounting assistant certification examples

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Management Accountant

The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business, 2020

Tax Certification

National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers, 2016

CERTIFICATIONS

Bookkeeper, Certified Management Accountant, Tax Certification

Accounting assistant resume action verbs

Using our database of nearly 1,000,000 publicly available resumes, we compiled an index of action verbs and cross-referenced it with our sample of 525 accounting assistant resumes and job postings to uncover which action verbs are most commonly used by accounting assistant’s and accounting assistant employers.

The most common action verbs on accounting assistant resumes are: program, assist, prepare, process, and manage.

The most common action verbs on accounting assistant job postings are: lead, plan, review, perform, and handle.

Other action verbs for accounting assistant resumes: 

  • Develop
  • Create
  • Direct
  • Field
  • Track
  • Resolve
  • Monitor
  • Report
  • Organize
  • Design

Full accounting assistant resume example

Lastly, we wanted to give you a couple full accounting assistant resume examples.. 

Please note: you can write a better resume than this. This is just a quick illustration to show you how these pieces might fit together. 

If you’d like to see “perfect” resumes, we have a showcase of resume examples.


Accounting assistant resume example

Michael Fletcher
Accounting Assistant

4535 Stanton Hollow Road, Lexington, MA


To obtain an accounting assistant position where I can contribute my strong organizational skills and attention to detail to support the accounting department in its daily operations.


WORK EXPERIENCE

Sr. Associate Accounting Assistant

Mystery Meats Co., 2020-2022

Responsibilities

  • Clean up of prior year files.
  • Maintained clean and organized files by keeping accounts payable records up-to-date.
  • Used accounting software to prepare weekly and monthly financial reports. Prepared itemized statements, bills or invoices and recorded amounts due for items purchased or services rendered.
  • Prepares budgets and records and sends invoices for services or products rendered by company employees that have been approved by management.

Associate Accounting Assistant

Gekko & Co, 2016-2022

Responsibilities

  • Handle cash transactions and perform other administrative duties as needed, such as making presentations about financial reports.
  • Ensure that promise payment is well settled by the date prescribed
  • Review Weekly the customer’s ledger to check the DSO
  • Weekly report to the Controllers about collection status

Accounting Assistant Intern

The Frail Group, 2014-2016

Responsibilities

  • Contractors billing
  • Journal entries for month end-Prepayments/provisions/accruals
  • Daily sales report to corporate office
  • Job costing process for work orders

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Professional BMC FootPrints Service Core 12.x

BMC Software, Inc., 2020

Oracle Service Center 2021 Certified Implementation Specialist

Oracle Corporation, 2016


SKILLS

Accounts receivable | collaboration | leadership | interpersonal skills | communication skills | research | bookkeeping


EDUCATION

Bachelor of Applied Science

Escuela de Peritos Electricitas de Isabela, 2020

Associate of Science

Mt. Diablo Adult Education, 2016

What experts say about accounting assistant resumes

Before we wrap it up, we want to leave you with some advice from other experts we admire.

“Include your accounting certifications on your resume.” – Five Things to Include on Your Accounting Resume


“Put your work experience any accounting relevant work experience that you have.” – Five Things to Include on Your Accounting Resume


“The main key thing is it’s not important that you have a lot of stuff, it’s important that you have the right stuff.” – “What Should Be Included in My Big 4 Accounting Resume” with @AndrewArgue

Want help with your accounting assistant resume?

Thanks for reading our guide. Like anything else, making a good accounting assistant resume is about making your resume interesting.

You want your resume to stand out from the crowd, so it’s important that you make sure you include all of the information that hiring managers are looking for.

Methodology

In addition to our own expertise as professional resume consultants, for every resume guide we write, we curate dozens of recent job postings and resumes to make sure all our recommendations align with current trends for each specific industry and career path. Learn more about our methodology here. 

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Michelle Reed | Sr. Resume Advisor

Michelle Reed | Sr. Resume Advisor

Michelle has worked in recruiting & HR for 10 years and has taught resume writing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She has helped build teams at two large startups (Wyzant and, currently, Brilliant) in the last decade, which means she views hundreds of resumes per day. Michelle guides our overall resume value system, ensuring our recommendations are high-quality and effective in the current job market.

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