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Resume- Ultimate Guide to Resume Preparation

Resume Keywords Recruiters Look For:

 

If your resume keywords match the ones given in the job ad, you have a higher chance of getting an interview. 

There are two main categories of keywords the recruiters or managers are looking for: (1) job-related skills and (2) action verbs.  

Job-related keywords describe your primary skills (both hard and soft) and your core qualifications for this particular job. 

Once you’ve pinpointed all relevant keywords from the job description, it’s time to put them down in your own resume.

Generally: 

  • Job-related keywords go under your “Skills”
  • Action verbs will help you with your job descriptions in the “Work Experience” section. 
  • Education requirements will be reflected in your “Education” section, 
  • Job title descriptions will go on your resume summary.

Don’t overdo it.

And don’t lie.

Do not use keywords just for the sake of having them in your resume. 

They need to be used in the right context and reflect your actual skills/achievements. 

143+ Finance and Accounting Resume Keywords

  1. (FASB) Financial Accounting Standards Board  
  2. Accounting 
  3. Accounts Payable 
  4. Accounts Receivable 
  5. Adjusting/closing entries 
  6. Analysis/analyzing 
  7. Annual Budget 
  8. Annual Reports 
  9. Asset Management 
  10. Audit/auditing/audit controls 
  11. Automatic Data Processing (ADP)
  12. Balance sheet 
  13. Benefits administration 
  14. Billing 
  15. Bond(s) 
  16. Budget/budgeting/budget control 
  17. Business plan 
  18. Buyout 
  19. CAD (Cash Against Documents)
  20. Campaign 
  21. Capital budget 
  22. Cashflow 
  23. Cash Flow Statement (CFS)
  24. Cash management 
  25. CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) 
  26. Chart of accounts 
  27. Client/client base 
  28. Collections 
  29. Commercial lending 
  30. Compliance 
  31. Consumer lending 
  32. Contract management 
  33. Corporate governance 
  34. Corporate treasury 
  35. Cost accounting 
  36. Cost-benefit analysis 
  37. Cost-Effective 
  38. Cost of goods sold (COGS) 
  39. Cost reduction and avoidance 
  40. Credit management 
  41. Data Analysis
  42. Data Collection/Entry
  43. Data Management
  44. Data Quality
  45. Debt management 
  46. Debt refinancing  
  47. Debt service  
  48. Debt to worth  
  49. Depreciation/accelerated depreciation  
  50. Disbursements  
  51. Discount cash flow  
  52. Dividend(s)  
  53. Due diligence  
  54. EBIT/EBITDA  
  55. Efficiencies  
  56. Equity  
  57. Equity underwriting  
  58.  Expenditures  
  59. Expense analysis  
  60. FAFSA
  61. Fast-paced  
  62. Feasibility  
  63. Financial Analysis
  64. Financial Management
  65. Financial Modeling  
  66. Financial Planning  
  67. Financial Reporting
  68. Financial Statements  
  69. Fixed assets  
  70. Fixed cost  
  71. Forecast/forecasting  
  72. Foreign exchange  
  73. GAAP  
  74. General accounting  
  75. General Ledger  
  76. High stress  
  77. Income Statement
  78. Inflow/outflow  
  79. Initial Public Offering (IPO)  
  80. Interest rate(s)  
  81. Internal controls  
  82. International Financial Reporting Standards  
  83. Inventory control  
  84. Inventory management  
  85. Investment analysis/management  
  86. Investor relations  
  87. Invoicing
  88. Job (order) costing  
  89. Journal/journaling  
  90. Lending  
  91. Letter of credit  
  92. Liabilities/liability  
  93. Liquidity  
  94. Loan administration  
  95. Machine Learning
  96. Management reporting  
  97. Markets  
  98. Mergers and acquisitions  
  99. Mutual fund(s)  
  100. Net present value (NPV)  
  101. Net worth  
  102. Operating reports   
  103. Overhead  
  104. Payroll administration  
  105. Portfolio Analysis
  106. Process improvement  
  107. Profit and loss analysis  
  108. Profit and loss statement (P&L)  
  109. Projections  
  110. Public speaking  
  111. Purchase accounting  
  112. Quarterly/year-end reporting  
  113. Real estate  
  114. Receipts  
  115. Reconciliations   
  116. Regulations  
  117. Relationship management  
  118. Reporting and analysis  
  119. Revenue Growth
  120. Reverse takeover  
  121. Risk Management
  122. ROE/ROI/ROA  
  123. Sarbanes Oxley  
  124. Securities  
  125. Shareholders
  126. Spreadsheets  
  127. Standards  
  128. Statistical models  
  129. Stock(s)  
  130. Strategic Planning 
  131. Strategic Thinking
  132. Tax accounting  
  133.  Taxation Compliance
  134. Technology  
  135. Transaction  
  136. Treasury  
  137. Trend analysis  
  138. Underwriting  
  139. Valuation
  140. Variance analysis  
  141. Vendor  
  142. Venture capital  
  143. Yield

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