One of the most underrated things on a resume are also the most important – skills and abilities. Many of us do not bother placing much emphasis on our key qualifications. Bad idea. When you want to impress a hiring manager enough to hire you, you must focus on why he or she should take that decision. Unless you tell them that you are a great person to hire because of how skilled you are, you cannot expect them to understand that you are capable of much.
The resume is your basic (and most detailed) job application document, so this is where your skills should be defined. However, mention of skills in a cover letter can be equally beneficial to your cause. If you want the hiring manager to be impressed with what you can do, you have to spell it all out for him or her. There are a couple of ways of doing this – if you are writing your skills in a resume, the best thing to do is to use bullet points. And if you want to spell out how well-suited you are for a position in a cover letter, write in prose.
Since most of the time you will be filling out an entire skills section in a resume, it is best to use bullets to make your point. For a chartered accountant position, you can refer to the following skills statements:
• Demonstrated expertise in analyzing business performance through financial data and advising management on methods to adapt to changes and developments.
• Highly skilled in analyzing historical financial data to estimate future costs and revenues.
• Effectively able to recommend cost saving opportunities and effective strategies to improve all areas of the budget.
• Deep familiarity with reporting on company assets and liabilities, including balance sheet account reconciliations and intangible assets review.
• Exceptionally talented in ensuring compliance with financial regulations to ensure conformity to established protocols.
• Proficient in providing advice on complying with tax legislations and business improvement plans.
• Adept at putting in place financial plans and controls, including policy introduction and cash flow process management.
• Proven ability to monitor, review and report on financial activities, both as part of an auditing team and in the role of an advisor.
• Skilled in advising individual and corporate clients on tax planning issues to minimize their tax liabilities.
• Qualified to advising clients on business transactions such as mergers and acquisitions.