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

To do that, we compiled and analyzed data from bookkeeper resumes and 44 bookkeeper job listings to get the data used for this our bookkeeper resume guide. 

In addition to bookkeeper-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.

Bookkeeper resume objective data + bookkeeper objective examples

Pop quiz: do bookkeeper’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 bookkeeper’s specifically:

  • 33% of bookkeeper’s included an objective section
  • 26% of bookkeeper’s included a professional summary
  • 48% of bookkeeper’s included neither an objective nor a summary

Bookkeeper objective examples

A highly creative bookkeeper , and a resourceful individual looking for a responsible position to gain practical experience.

A highly motivated bookkeeper who aims to make use of their interpersonal skills to achieve goals of a company that focuses on customer satisfaction and customer experience.

Seeking a bookkeeper position where I can utilize my extensive experience in accounting, finance, and data management to support the success of the company

Driven individual with a strong passion for accuracy and efficiency, seeking a bookkeeper role to apply my skills in financial analysis, reconciliation, and record-keeping

To secure a bookkeeper position in a dynamic and growing organization where I can contribute my knowledge in QuickBooks, financial reporting, and problem-solving to enhance the company’s financial stability

Skills for bookkeeper resumes

These are the skills that occurred most frequently in in bookkeeper 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 prioritze 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 bookkeeper resume skills

Most common hard skills for bookkeeper resumes: integrity, general ledger, debits and credits, financial statements, and financial analysis.

Most common soft skills for bookkeeper resumes: communication skills, customer-service skills, interpersonal skills, listening skills, and patience

Other good bookkeeper resume skills

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV
  • Salary
  • Xero
  • Tax preparation
  • Financial reporting
  • Accounting
  • Accounts receivable
  • Data entry
  • Quickbooks
  • Payroll accounting
  • MS Office
  • Accounts payable
  • Multitasking
  • Attention to detail
  • Invoicing
  • Error detection

Bookkeeper 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.

Bookkeeper skills example 1

Microsoft Dynamics NAV | general ledger | xero | tax preparation | financial statements | financial analysis | financial reporting

Bookkeeper skills example 2

Salary | communication skills | accounting | customer-service skills | accounts receivable | interpersonal skills | data entry

Bookkeeper skills example 3

Attention to detail | quickbooks | patience | listening skills | ms office | customer-service skills | accounts payable

Work experience for bookkeeper 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 bookkeeper resume is the most relevant experience.

A couple examples for you:

Bookkeeper work experience examples


Sr. Associate Bookkeeper

Hooli, 2021-2022


  • Monitor financial markets and the performance of individual securities
  • Contact prospective clients to present information and explain available services
  • Manage the finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
  • Oversee the maintenance and repair of machinery, equipment, and electrical and mechanical systems
  • Address complaints regarding food quality or service


Associate Bookkeeper

Astonishing Studio, 2017-2022


  • Repair or replace malfunctioning components, parts, and other mechanical or electrical equipment
  • Bathe animals, trim nails, clip hair, and attend to other grooming needs
  • Prepared and processed payroll information
  • Submitted tax forms and returns, workers’ compensation forms, pension contribution forms and other government documents
  • Operated computers programmed with accounting software to record, store and analyzed information


Bookkeeper Intern

Stark Industries, 2012-2012


  • Complied with federal, state and company policies, procedures and regulations
  • Classified, recorded and summarized numerical and financial data to compile and keep financial records, using journals and ledgers and computers
  • Calculated, prepared and issue bills, invoices, account statements and other financial statements according to established procedures
  • Calculated and prepared checks for utilities, taxes and other payments
  • Prepared bank deposits by compiling data from cashiers, verifying and balancing receipts and sending cash, checks and other forms of payment to banks

Education for bookkeeper 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, bookkeeper 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 933 bookkeeper resumes

  • 9% bookkeeper resumes listed an associate’s degree
  • 59% bookkeeper resumes listed a bachelor’s degree
  • 27% bookkeeper resumes included a masters degree
  • 1% bookkeeper resumes mentioned a doctoral degree

Bookkeeper resume education examples


Master of Arts

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2021

Awards & Honors

  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Class Rank Recognition
  • Salutatorian


Associate of Applied Arts

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2017

Certifications for bookkeeper 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 bookkeeper’s specifically, according to CareerOneStop.

Bookkeeper certification examples


Tax Certification

National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers, 2021

Bookkeepers Certification

National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers, 2017


Tax Certification, Bookkeepers Certification, RICS Chartered Qualification

Bookkeeper 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 933 bookkeeper resumes and job postings to uncover which action verbs are most commonly used by bookkeeper’s and bookkeeper employers.

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

The most common action verbs on bookkeeper job postings are: lead, plan, review, handle, and field.

Other action verbs for bookkeeper resumes: 

  • Perform
  • Develop
  • Design
  • Test
  • Direct
  • Create
  • Monitor
  • Track
  • Organize
  • Resolve

Full bookkeeper resume example

Lastly, we wanted to give you a couple full bookkeeper 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.

Bookkeeper resume example

Ronald Vargas

3765 Wescam Court, Reno, NV

Driven individual with a strong passion for accuracy and efficiency, seeking a bookkeeper role to apply my skills in financial analysis, reconciliation, and record-keeping


Sr. Associate Bookkeeper

Hooli, 2021-2022


  • Accurately reconcile monthly bank statements
  • Able to efficiently collect, track, and communicate financial information that is essential to running a profitable business and meeting legal and tax obligations
  • Provided efficient and courteous service to customers at all times
  • Supervised administrative staff, driving front office operations and continuous workflow

Associate Bookkeeper

Astonishing Studio, 2017-2022


  • Coordinated office workflow to maximize productivity and labor resources
  • Developed departmental objectives, budgets, policies, procedures and strategies
  • Resolved issues with departments regarding business office procedures
  • Compiled statistical, financial, accounting, and auditing reports and tables pertaining to such matters as cash receipts, expenditures, accounts payable and receivable and profits and losses

Bookkeeper Intern

Stark Industries, 2012-2016


  • Reconciled and noted and reported discrepancies found in records
  • Performed financial calculations, such as amounts due, interest charges, balances, discounts, equity and principal
  • Monitored status of loans and accounts to ensure that payments were up to date
  • Exemplified outstanding customer service and the ability to work under pressure and time constraints


Certified Accounts Payable Professional

Institute of Financial Operations, 2021

Oracle Account Reconciliation 2021 Certified Implementation Specialist Certification

Oracle Corporation, 2017


Microsoft Dynamics NAV | financial reporting | corporate tax | interpersonal skills | communication skills | integrity | quickbooks


Master of Arts

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2021

Associate of Applied Arts

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2017

What experts say about bookkeeper resumes

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

“You should be including in your accounting resume is any accounting organizations that you’re involved in or a part of, it has to be stuff that you’re really involved. Don’t just list the organization list your role, they want to know what did you contribute.” – Five Things to Include on Your Accounting Resume

“List out all the work that is relevant so even when I like with my resume because I had a lot of background in tax accounting. I listed out the types of tax returns that I worked on;  specifically list out the tax forms. You needed to be as detailed as possible.” – Five Things to Include on Your Accounting Resume

“Include any accounting certifications that you have that are relevant to whatever role you’re going for, and honestly I think if it’s an accounting role any accounting certification should be included even if it’s not specifically relevant to that particular role.” – Five Things to Include on Your Accounting Resume

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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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