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5 Tips on Recognising a Stand-out Accounting CV

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Do not leave finding great people for your business to chance. If you are going to approach recruitment yourself, here are our five top tips on how to identify outstanding CVs.

Whilst there is ample advice on how to write a great CV, there is not much out there to help managers identify great potential from a mountain of resumes. Most managers do not hire often enough to become experts in comparing candidates and when faced with several talented professionals, it can be tough to find that right person for your team. However, hiring the wrong person can have a disastrous impact on your business. So, although we highly recommend you choose to partner with a recruitment expert, if you decide to recruit yourself, here are five tips on what to look for in a stand-out Accounting CV.

Identify What You are Hiring For

To ensure you end up with several CVs that are relevant to your business needs, you should first identify exactly what you are looking to hire for. Before you start advertising, ask yourself whether you need someone with the potential to grow into your role, to hit the ground running, or to fill a crucial management position. The criteria of what you are looking for will largely depend on your answer. Once you have set your expectations, make sure you apply the following advice to your job descriptions and advertisements so that the quality of applications you receive reflect what you are looking for.

How to Hire for Potential

Hiring for potential often means that you are looking for a candidate with a marginal amount of transferable experience for a junior-level position. That said, if you are recruiting a role in a talent-short market, such Payroll or Business Partnering, then you may want to consider sourcing candidates with considerable experience in other sectors or roles that could transferable. In this instance, your primary focus should be on finding someone who displays ambition and curiosity and has a track record of solving-problems. Whilst a CV is a good place to identify these characteristics, they do tend to stand out more during your interviews.

How to Hire for Industry Experience

Hiring for industry experience means that you are looking for someone who already has relevant experience and is either looking for the next step in their career or a new challenge. To set yourself up for success, it will be crucial to have a predefined list of keywords ready to go. These keywords can include technical skills such as MYOB or Xero, industry experience such as payroll, accounts payable or credit control, or specialist expertise such as Anti-Money Laundering. When you are reviewing your CVs, have this list to hand so you can highlight potential candidates that posses these keywords and would warrant further screening.

How to Hire a Manager

If you are looking to fill a management position, then you need to identify candidates who have a proven history of delivering results. Any candidate who has carefully studied your advertisement or job description can frame their CV up to tell you exactly what you want to hear, but quantifiable results are much harder to fabricate. When reviewing the key achievements and results of these candidates, keep an eye out for CVs that have detailed data, such as dollars and percentages.

Do not Forget the Basics

There are some criteria you should always watch for irrespective of the calibre of candidate you are seeking to hire. Spelling mistakes, poor grammar and formatting can all be indicators that a CV has been quickly put together and the candidate has little attention to detail. Some of the best candidates will also tailor their CVs for the specific roles they apply for. This means you should keep an eye on whether you are reviewing a generic resume with vague statements. This could show that the candidate is not specifically interested in your opportunity and could be applying for any role they come across.

Closing Thoughts

Finding the time to review countless CVs can be difficult and we cannot understate the risks associated with rushing this process and hiring the wrong person. Whether you are struggling to attract great candidates to your business or do not have time to review the mountain of CVs on your desk, engaging a specialist recruitment partner can eliminate any risk to your business. Speak to our team today to find out more.


5 Tips on Recognising a Stand-out Accounting CV

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