The art of a resume is to present yourself as the best candidate for a position. For high school and college students, a strong job history is not necessary for a strong resume. Instead, you can emphasize the skills and knowledge you’ve developed in your studies, internships, volunteering, or part-time work.
If your work history has nothing to do with the jobs you’re applying for, you can still highlight skills and experiences you possess that are relevant to the job you want. In this guide, we’ll show you how.
Identify your skills and experience.
Resume writing starts with brainstorming. Jot down your past jobs, internships, school projects, and volunteer work.
At this stage, don’t leave anything out. Past work that seems irrelevant to your current job searches, like lawn-mowing or babysitting, might still demonstrate some skills that employers are looking for.
These notes don’t have to be polished. This is just information for you to refer to as you write your resume. Taking detailed notes about your past experiences now will make the resume writing process easier later on.
Consider which skills are most useful for the job you are applying for
If you’re looking for a customer service job, communication skills will be important. For an entry-level job at a bank, cash handling skills will be needed.
Look over the work history notes you took in step 1. Did you use communication skills to defuse an argument between the kids you were babysitting? Or did you handle money while volunteering at a fundraising event?
Write down what skills you used, and how they might relate to the job you want.
This is an easy way to figure out what to put on your resume when describing your experience or skills.
By customizing your resume for the job you want, you can show employers you have the skills and experience they’re looking for.
To guide your brainstorming, here are a few skills employers might be looking for:
Ability to work in a team
Communication skills (written and verbal)
Strong work ethic
Interpersonal skills (relates well to others)
Choose a great resume design
Below, we’ve listed some sample resumes that are perfect for high school and college students.
Choose the resume template that works best for you. Some resumes are geared toward a specific field. Others are general purpose and work for a variety of job types.
Look over the notes you took on your experience and skills. Think about what you will be putting on your resume, and choose your template accordingly.
Write resume text
This is where the real work begins. Now, let’s learn about the basic components of a resume and how to put them together. Your resume will be divided into sections. Any resume should always include sections for Contact Information, Education, and Experience or Work History.
Aside from that, you can choose other sections to add, and decide how best to arrange them. Here are some you might include:
Career Objective or Professional Summary
Interests and Activities
Achievements and Awards
You may not need every section on this list. Choose the ones that work best for you. That way, the resume you make will be completely unique to you. Let’s go through each section, step by step, and learn how to put them together.
Your contact information should always go at the top of your resume, so that employers can easily find it.
Here’s what you’ll need to include:
City and state
LinkedIn URL, if you have good endorsements and a significant network
Intermediate Accountant Resume preparation
Intermediate Accountants apply accounting principles to prepare statements and reports. These mid-level professionals are responsible for cost reduction, monthly reports, project costs reports, month end closes, and other special projects. Skills such as accountant expertise, computer proficiency, communication, accuracy, and teamwork are often seen on Intermediate Accountant example resumes.
Those looking to secure an Intermediate Accountant position should showcase in their resumes a degree in accountancy or finance and 5 to 7 years of experience in the field.
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Performed month end closing duties including journal entries, account reconciliations, general ledger reviews and SOX reporting using SmartStream software. Monitored divisional accruals and reserves, prepaid and deferred costs and related amortization to ensure activity going through those accounts was appropriate and accurate.
Monitored activity, processed invoices, and made reserve entries for 5 recently closed facilities.
Provided account detail and support and explained variances to internal and external auditors.
Recorded transactions and reconciled North American precious metal inventory with value of $2.5M.
Prepared Operating Loss report and Suspense and Other Special Items report for senior management.
Prepared FASB 95 Cash Flow schedules for Corporate Consolidation.
Supervised and reviewed the preparation of the Variable Pay and Severance Reports.
Researched and resolved technical financial accounting and reporting issues and operational questions.
Supervised the work of three accounting clerks and prepared their annual reviews.
Reported to the groups Supervisor.
Managed multiple insolvent companies simultaneously whilst adhering to regulation, and statutory deadlines
Calculated and tabled cash flow scenarios to budget for future expenditures
Managed employee reimbursements under the Australian Employee Entitlements and Redundancy Scheme
Determined options of selling business assets to achieve the highest value
Reviewed Business Activity Statements prepared by accountants to confirm company tax payable
Recalculated tax debts owing after accounting for bad debt adjustments and input tax credits
Exceeded client expectations by recovering and distributing 30% of an insolvent company’s outstanding
Assisted in the successful Deed of Company Arrangement (DoCA) scheme, satisfying creditors whilst allowing for business continuity.
Streamlined/automated processes for our group, saving over 1,700 hours.
Directed workload and supervised incoming interns/FTE’s for PAM Processing.
Aided senior manager as co-relationship manager with TA Canada and ensured that customer needs were consistently met/exceeded.
Led several key initiatives within Securities Operations as a project manager.
Evaluated and analyzed critical processes to ensure maximum efficiencies are obtained.
Administrated the PAM GL AutoRecon team and steered the group to successfully accomplish their goal of a two day recon vision.
Prioritized current job functions while aiding as a team lead for an AP/AR/Job Cost team in Realty Accounting.
Successfully ensured maximum cash flow by analyses of high volume third party Medicaid & Medicare accounts.
Maintained G/L Control Accounts and Subsidiary documents to prepare liability and 3rd party payer analyses.
Prepared and posted monthly entries, adjusting entries
Reconciled cash and inter-company accounts.
Posted revenue and related expenditures for the Medical Office Building
Annual preparation of 1099’s Agent Custodian, Grantor Trust and High Net Worth Investment Management accounts
Ensuring timely and accurate compliance with Internal Revenue Service reporting requirements
Responsible for reviewing transaction data bridged from a Trust Accounting system (TrustEase) for the preparation from 1099 & 1041 Grantor Trust Returns, Simple and Complex Returns
Contribute to the successful completion of daily, weekly, month-end close, quarterly and annual close processes in a timely and accurate manner and ensure that deadlines and initiatives are met
Conduct tax research and tax planning functions as they relate to corporate tax issues
Assist clients on tax and data issues with the trust accounting vendor. Any issues communicated by client are addressed and resolved in a timely manner.
Responsible for preparation of monthly underwriting results, balance sheets and operating statements for ten companies
Developed monthly deviation analysis on losses and reserves.
Investigated and researched data anomalies and prepared correction accounting entries to loss reserves, premiums and expenses.
Prepared monthly inter-company payables and receivables. Generated quarterly and year-end closing entries and adjustments.
Prepared consolidation of domestic and international subsidiaries.
Reviewed and analyzed financial information presented by international subsidiaries.
Prepared SEC reports including Forms 10-Q and 10-K.
Organized and prepared annual reports to shareholders.
Prepared monthly detailed balance sheet and earnings reports for senior management.
Prepared reconciliation of the global corporate effective income tax rate.
Corrugated paper products manufacturer, Fortune 500 Company
Processed almost 10,000 invoices and credits quarterly, and over 100 employees’ timesheets for payroll and cost accounting purposes.
Processed and reviewed invoices and credits daily to maintain the most current receivable accounts and collections using programs, such as JD Edwards, SAP and Reflections.
Entered daily timesheets for a workforce of over 100 employees and ensured accuracy of job codes for cost accounting via Oracle Peoplesoft, WorkBrain and Reflections.
Verified and reconciled month end duties, such as journal entries, various general ledger accounts, expense and revenue accruals, and compliance with internal policies, Sarbanes-Oxley Act and GAAP.
Provided support and reports to other departments, such as customer service, payroll, procurement, production and head office, through being well organized and having an eager attitude.
Able to meet operating and financial reporting deadlines within five business days after month-end close, for the second largest publically traded, paper products manufacturer in North America.
Prepared monthly account analysis of revenue and expenses, elimination of inter-company revenue and expenses
Maintained Prepaid Assets amortization schedules
Prepared Bank Reconciliations and co-ordinate with the Treasury Department in accounting for ACH/Wire transfers, investments, and tax filings/payments
Prepared, reviewed and upload journal entries to the General Ledger
Reconciled Intercompany balances and proposed correcting entries.
Conducted audits of fiscal operations of County departments and determined whether departmental
fiscal practices conformed to applicable County policies and procedures.
Conducted audits of programs and service delivery to determine whether department/program
Recommended appropriate revisions of the audit plans for departments to be audited.
Assisted in supervising and training staff auditors.
Prepared work papers, schedules, statistical summaries, and formal reports of audit results and participated in discussions of audit results with departmental personnel.
Organizer and lead preparer for both the annual budget preparation and financial statement audit. Both projects combined encompassed approximately 50 percent of responsibilities at MPR and required complex planning and coordination for accurate and timely completion.
Meticulously conducted research for governmental regulatory submissions to ensure proper and on-time reporting for compliance purposes.
Innovative in creating processes within the finance department to gain efficiencies and help prevent or detect errors both internally and from third-party administrators.
Instrumental in creating a policies and procedures manual for all finance duties within the company.
Assisted in the monthly close process and provided financial statement analysis to the CFO.
Frequently consulted by CFO for judgement/opinion on accounting related matters mostly related to advanced excel functions, GAAP/GASB items, and general ledger system.
Prepared quarterly income tax projections for all legal entities
Researched federal and state income, sales/use, and property tax laws for proper application
Resolved federal and state income, franchise, sales/use, and property tax notices
Prepared premium tax returns
Compiled data for complete preparation of Forms 1099 for parent company and subsidiaries
14.Financial Analyst/intermediate Accountant
Provided complete financial analysis for the company’s contract to deliver over 1,100 military-grade G-Class units to the Department of Defense, including sales, cost, and profit records, delivery schedules, and other project implementation details
Organized and evaluated contract statistics and transactions and prepared weekly reports for the internal project management team and government
Analyzed and prepared budgets and pricing as well as with other aspects of the planning and budgeting process, in conjunction with the Controller of Corporate Planning
Oversaw and conducted several aspects of the standard accounting process, including invoicing, profit/loss analysis, and account reconciliation.
Modifying a comprehensive financial reporting package to reflect growing organizational complexity.
Filing tax returns and prepared governmental reports in compliance with strict standards.
Analyzing monthly balance sheet accounts for corporate reporting.
Generating financial statements and facilitated account closing procedures each month.
Compiling general ledger entries on a short schedule with nearly 100% accuracy.
Computing taxes owed by applying prescribed rates, laws and regulations.
Creating periodic reports comparing budgeted costs to actual costs.
Analyzed, researched, and resolved variances in monthly profit and loss statements
Calculated Medicare Reimbursement rates
Compiled working papers and support for annual financial statements
Filed annual Medicaid cost reports
Researched, documented, and input journal entries
Function as main contact for the corporate & investment divisions on all of AEGON’s defaulted securities
Coordinate the transfer of assets between legal entities and portfolios amongst all divisions involved to ensure a seamless transition
Serve as team representative and subject matter expert for various departmental initiatives
Perform analysis on defaulted assets going through restructures in order to determine the financial impact & communicate the results to respective departments
Proposed the automation of two monthly journal entries & collaborated with IT personnel to implement them in production which resulted in a time savings of 5 days/month & minimized the risk of manual errors
Initiated and led a project to automate a Bloomberg data feed resulting in a time savings of 3 days/month
Supervise, train and act as a mentor to the summer intern
Monitor all open receivables on assets under management and work with traders and reporting groups to determine the probability of repayment
Create ad-hoc reports queried from the data warehouse reporting tool as well as access databases in order to research various customer inquiries
Perform detailed account reconciliations and analysis of balance sheet accounts for three to five US stores.
Assist with monthly close process ensuring that all costs are accurate and reported in a timely manner, while also ensuring compliance with IKEA Services Financial accounting and reporting standard.
Review reconciliations prepared by staff accountants and provide guidance.
Responsible for US daily and weekly sales reporting to Global IKEA.
Process all inter-company invoices as well as monthly reconciliations of inter-company accounts while dealing with invoice queries and resolving them.
Prepare half-year and year-end confirmation schedules that monitor and analyze inter-company balances as well as resolving out of balance accounts.
Interaction with external auditors in deliverance of client assistance for the year-end financial audit.
Prepared and posted moderately complex monthly journal entries for 25 business units
Conducted account analyses on a routine basis
Reconciled general ledgers for designated accounts at both the corporate and business unit level and proposed correcting journal entries as needed
Assisted with the preparation and consolidation of fiscal year budgets
Acted as a resource for entry-level accountants and administrative staff
Coordinated administrative tasks, special projects and training programs as assigned
Performed in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors.
Reconciled balance sheet accounts on a monthly and quarterly basis. Conducted variance analysis between actual, budget and planned forecasts.
Identified billing errors, posting errors and balance sheet accounts errors. Prepared journal entries based on supporting analysis.
Assisted in the preparation of budgets, business plans and forecasts.
Maintained fixed assets continuity schedule. Prepared monthly capital report and amortization calculations.
Prepared Year-End audit package and ensured accuracy of information provided.