Top 10 Accounting and Finance Resume Mistakes

For decades, our company has been dispensing resume advice as well as collecting real-life resume bloopers. These goofs  dubbed "Resumania™" by our founder Robert Half — offer laughs, but also serve as cautionary tales to job seekers of what not to do.

We recently went on an archeological dig into the Resumania™ archives and unearthed a treasure trove of accounting-related resume mistakes. Here are our top 10 all-time favorites:       

1. "SKILLS: Familiar with all faucets of accounting."

Accountant by day, plumber by night.

2. "JOB DUTIES: Tax preparer: I prepared client taxes for the 2007 tax year. I provided superior in-person customer service using the telephone."     

He may need a better definition of 'in-person.'

3. "OBJECTIVE: My dream job would be as a professional baseball player, but since I can't do that, I'll settle on being an accountant."

Your enthusiasm is overwhelming.

4. "JOB DUTIES: Account retaliation."

We really hope you meant account reconciliation.

5. "WORK EXPERIENCE: Senior accountant (2009 – president)."

A CEO in the making.

6. "QUALIFICATIONS: I have a college degree and seventy years of experience with QuickBooks Pro software."

She's always been ahead of her time.

7. "JOB HISTORY: Accountant assistant (Intern Ship)."

Does that mean you have boatloads of experience?

8. "JOB DUTIES: I peppered customers' tax returns."

He puts the seasoning in tax season.

9. "OBJECTIVE: To obtain a payroll position with a financial organization. To gain a job in the ever-growing design field."

Which is it?

10. "PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Accountand."         

Hopefully, you're more accurate with numbers than you are words.

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