Audit Resume Sample

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As auditors, you love order.

You also live by standards. MFRS, IFRS, GAAP — We know exactly what you mean.

You see, writing resumes is very similar to audit projects. We learn our clients’ career histories, identify insights to weave a personal resume, and craft resumes in accordance with our most effective guidelines and standards.

We’re therefore so excited to share with you our Ultimate Audit Resume Sample for Audit professionals like yourself.

Follow this standard, and soon you’ll have recruiters knocking at your door!

 

This guide will show you:

 

Full Audit Resume Sample

Here’s a sample resume we recently produced for an auditor in Malaysia.

 

JAMES SMITH

CPA

[If you hold certifications or professional qualifications which entitle you to use postnominals, e.g. the Chartered Accountant. Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Certified Public Accountant (CPA), etc., you can optionally choose to include them after your name. Not all certifications let you do this; be careful!]

Senior Audit Professional

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Tel No.: +60 12 1234 5678 | Email: jsmith@email.com | Nationality: American


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

[This section gives a good helicopter view of the candidate. Briefly mentioning about the subjects you teach, as well as your extra academic functions, will establish a focus of your specialisation and abilities.]

  • Senior Audit Professional with 6 years’ experience in delivering high-impact, value-adding external audit and accounting work with excellent client feedback. [This opening line perfectly summarises the candidate’s professional role. It should summarise your key value proposition and skillsets. It should also highlight any major/significant sections of your career history.]
  • Audited international firms across a spectrum of industries including Construction, Trading, Shipping and Logistics. [If you specialise in any area, insert these specialisations into your Executive Summary. It helps set you apart from the next candidate in the recruiter’s pile of CVs. ]
  • Proficient and solid expertise in accounting and financial principles with comprehensive understanding of industry software and protocols across regional borders. Fluent in latest Malaysian and International Financial Reporting Standards (MFRS, IFRS). [It is critical for Auditors to possess fluency in the most updated Financial Standards and Regulations.]
  • Competent problem-solver with proven capabilities of working in dynamic teams in a fast paced environment. Outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills in building relationships with people from different organisational levels and cultures.

Significant Highlights

  • Completed external audits for 2 Malaysia-listed companies, ABC Limited and XYZ Limited. [List examples of companies you have audited before to give future employers a sense of scale of past projects you have worked on. But be mindful of your contract’s confidentiality clause!]
  • Managed up to 15 clients simultaneously with Audit team, accruing profits of >RM100K.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

External Audit
Financial Planning & Analysis
Financial Reporting
Risk & Compliance
Business Analysis
Pre-IPO / Post-IPO Audits
Leadership & Teamwork
Internal Control
Change Management

[Ensure the keywords here mirror those used in the job ad. The first round of vetting is often done by a software scanner. This section helps to pad the CV with key marketing phrases necessary to get past those scanners.]


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

SENIOR AUDIT ASSOCIATE                                                               Jan 2017 – Present
ABC LLP, Malaysia
  • Manage and coordinate client audit plans and fieldwork including financial and operational audits for SMEs and listed companies across multiple industries including Construction, Trading, Shipping and Logistics. [The opening line captures all the reader needs to know about this role. Recruiters have a notoriously short attention span! To hook their attention, it is critical to include critical domain responsibilities in the first line of every job sentence.]
  • Analyse client financial data collated from audit fieldwork; draft and review financial statements in accordance with MFRS.
  • Evaluate audit results with clients and provide high-level recommendations and improvements on areas of concerns to enhance productivity and performance.
  • Mentor and supervise junior auditors, including providing feedback upon completion of audit and designing training programmes for onboarding.
  • Review component auditors’ work to ensure appropriate audit evidence is sufficiently obtained to support audit opinion. [These are the exact phrases used in the job advertisement you are applying for. Embed phrases used in the job advertisement into your resume to increase the chances of getting it past ATS scanners.]

Significant Highlights

[Achievements are projects or once-of] duties that have resulted in some value or significant outcome. They demonstrate why the company should hire you. Try to support them with objective numbers and statistics where possible; this helps contextualise why something you did was significant and just how significant it was.]

  • Successfully completed external audits for 2 Malaysia-listed companies, ABC Limited and XYZ Limited.
  • Supported end-to-end audit for 3 subsidiaries of JKL Organization in Beijing, including reviewing of financial statements and revising financial figures in accordance with IFRS. [Cite specific metrics, if available, to substantiate your achievements. Do, however, be aware of your company confidentiality clause.]

 

AUDIT ASSOCIATE                                                                            Dec 2014 – Dec 2016
X Y Lam & Associates, Malaysia
  • Conducted audits in accordance with Malaysian Financial Reporting Standards (MFRS) for a wide range of clientele. Planned, execute and finalized all areas of audit assignments.
  • Performed multiple substantive tests to obtain sufficient and appropriate audit evidence, collate reports, communicate findings and recommendations.
  • Evaluated selection and appropriateness of accounting policies used, and reasonableness of accounting estimates made by client management.
  • Coordinate and liaised closely with audit partners in resolving problems such as opening balance discrepancies, amongst others.

[Simple, clear overview of the job John has previously done. There’s no need to go into deep detail about more junior workscopes; they aren’t as valuable as the more recent ones given that they are from a long time ago.]

Significant Highlights

  • Managed up to 15 clients simultaneously with Audit team, accruing profits of >RM100K.

 

AUDIT INTERN                                                                           Jun 2014 – Dec 2014
Baker LLP, United States
  • Attended meetings with auditees to develop firm foundation of business processes
  • Collected and analysed data to detect deficient controls, fraudulence and non-compliance with laws, rules, regulations and management policies.
  • Instrumental in the preparation and organization of reports on audit findings

[Again, only a brief elaboration is needed for internship roles.]

 


EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants • United States • 2016
  • Bachelor of Science (Accountancy) • Northeastern Illinois University • United States • 2014

 


MISC. INFORMATION

  • Technical Skills: MS Office Suite, CCH Audit Automation Software
  • Languages: English and Bahasa Melayu
  • Availability: 1 month’s notice

References available upon request
[There’s no need to list your references; if HR is interested in you they will ask you for them.]

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What do you think of the resume above?

As a recruiter, I can tell you that James has a great resume.

You bet I’ll call him in for an interview!

Why?

Because he knows exactly how to present himself succinctly and effectively.

His resume tells me everything I need to know about his career – in just 2 pages.

 

What about you? Are you curious how your Resume might fare in front of recruiters?

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His Resume hits the sweet spot of 2-3 pages. What about yours?

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Or, why not download this CV sample first? Use it as a guide when writing your own Resume.

 

You might be wondering – what makes this Audit Resume sample so great?

 

Breaking Down the Audit Resume Sample

Audit Professional Resume Executive Summary

James begins his resume with an effective opening paragraph — his Executive Summary.

We recruiters read his Executive Summary first, which informs us all we need to know about him and his Audit career.

It’s concise, informative and simple to read. We immediately grasp James’ unique selling point and career narrative. This hooks our attention and allows us to make quick decisions.

Because it’s so informative and easy to read, we have a positive first impression of James, and we’re likely to call him in for an interview.

 

What does this mean for you?

This implies the Executive Summary is arguably the most important part in your Resume. It is critical you write it effectively to evoke maximum impact.

How do you do this? We’ve an example below:

 

Of the two Audit Resume Executive Summaries below, which do you think is more effective?

WRONG

  • Professional Auditor who is capable in collecting financial data, analysing large data sets, conducting audits, and working with large cross-functional teams across multiple organisational levels.
  • Verified latest trading instruments in detail, ranging from derivatives, transactions involving options and other trading instruments. Ensured all instruments are operating in line with latest FRS.
  • Excellent at dealing with different types of people, from clients to customers and other team members.

 

RIGHT

  • Senior Audit Professional with 6 years’ experience in delivering high-impact, value-adding external audit and accounting work with excellent client feedback.
  • Audited international firms across a spectrum of industries including Construction, Trading, Shipping and Logistics.
  • Proficient and solid expertise in accounting and financial principles with comprehensive understanding of industry software and protocols across regional borders. Fluent in latest Malaysian and International Financial Reporting Standards (MFRS, IFRS).
  • Competent problem-solver with proven capabilities of working in dynamic teams in a fast paced environment. Outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills in building relationships with people from different organisational levels and cultures.

Significant Highlights

  • Completed external audits for 2 Malaysia-listed companies, ABC Limited and XYZ Limited.
  • Managed up to 15 clients simultaneously with Audit team, accruing profits of >RM100K.

 

The second one, right? But what makes it better?

It demonstrates:

  • James’ personal career narrative, from his years of experience, to the industries he has expertise in Auditing, and his knowledge of latest financial regulation standards. (Of course, you may choose to specify the exact standards you may be familiar with, such as FRS109, FRS116 etc.)
  • A tailored Executive Summary — phrases such as “high-impact”, “value-adding external audit” and “solid expertise in accounting and financial principles” are likely adapted directly from the Job Description. This tells recruiters James has customised his resume according to their exact Job Description, instead of just mass-sending an identical resume to all open Audit roles. This reflects initiative, meticulousness and a keen desire for the role.
  • James’ Key Achievements. Significant Highlights are akin to testimonials of your skills. Audit roles may be similar across firms – demonstrating prior projects you’ve worked on is a very effective way to differentiate yourself from other Auditors. Achievements show recruiters why the candidate should be hired. We’ll elaborate more on Achievements below.

 

In contrast, the first Executive Summary is poorly-written and very confusing.

It is filled with buzzwords in an attempt to impress recruiters (trust us, we know!), but in reality tells us very little about the candidate’s core skills or areas of expertise.

When writing your own Audit resume, avoid writing a generic Executive Summary! Your resume features your own career – make it all about yourself and your strengths!

 

Writing an effective yet succinct Executive Summary is equally challenging. Don’t fret – we’re here to help you! Just send us your Resume for a free review – we’ll look through it and share our feedback – all at no cost!

 

Key Skills to include in an Audit Professional Resume

Your Executive Summary might hook us, but we recruiters also want to see the specific skills you can bring to the table.

This section is your chance to list skills you are proficient in! Be mindful to include exact keywords used in the job description. This increases the chances of getting your Resume past ATS scanners (CV scanning software).

ResumeWriter Tip: Scan the job application and weave the exact key phrases used in the description, into your Resume.

 

Examples of Audit Resume Key Skills:

  • Internal Audit
  • External Audit
  • Examining Financial Control Systems
  • Asset Management and Analysis
  • Data Collection, Collation and Analysis
  • Consolidation and Reporting
  • Financial Reporting Standards
  • Internal Team Training & Management
  • Change Management
  • Drafting Financial Statements
  • Control Testing
  • Conflict Management and Resolution
  • Attention to Detail
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Problem Solving

 

Achievements and Work Experiences in Audit Resumes

I get a really common question from Audit clients: “I have similar workscopes with that of my peers – how do I stand out?”

Truth is, auditors have very similar job responsibilities, especially at the entry to mid-level. Your days likely involve a lot of number crunching, testing and assessments, and report writing.

With workscopes that barely differ, how do you separate yourself from other peers in Audit?

Break your work experiences into 2 parts – daily workscopes and achievements.

Daily workscopes tell recruiters your day-to-day responsibilities. Achievements tell us projects that are unique to you. I’ll explain more below.

 

Work Experiences

When writing your work experiences and daily workscopes, cluster them around responsibilities and high-level summaries. Support these with metrics to strengthen detail. Omit implied workscopes to save space.

Keep your CV short and sharp!

 

Here’s a sample Work Experiences section in an Auditor’s Resume.

WRONG

  • Responsible for auditing SMEs and listed companies across multiple industries. Experienced with assessing a multitude of financial models, including Discounted Cash Flow, and other financial instruments.
  • Analyse client audit plans and carried out fieldwork in a wide range of industries over my 6 year experience.
  • Collected, collated and analysed financial results, consolidating them into structured financial reports to present as client deliverables.

 

Here’s James’ one.

RIGHT

  • Manage and coordinate client audit plans and fieldwork including financial and operational audits for SMEs and listed companies across multiple industries including Construction, Trading, Shipping and Logistics.
  • Analyse client financial data collated from audit fieldwork; draft and review financial statements in accordance with MFRS.
  • Evaluate audit results with clients and provide high-level recommendations and improvements on areas of concerns to enhance productivity and performance.
  • Mentor and supervise junior auditors, including providing feedback upon completion of audit and designing training programmes for onboarding.
  • Review component auditors’ work to ensure appropriate audit evidence is sufficiently obtained to support audit opinion.

 

The latter Work Experience sample clearly reads so much better than the former.

Why?

  • The second Work Experience example is clear. Each bulletpoint specifies one task. In contrast, the first line of the former example combines multiple tasks in the same line, perhaps in a bid to impress recruiters. However, we find it confusing and annoying. Don’t do this!
  • Specific traits are explicitly identified. This makes it easier for us to identify if the candidate has the required skills for the role.
  • Implied work experiences like attending department meetings are omitted. This saves space in the resume.

 

Don’t you see how a world of difference exists between the first and second versions?

Communicate your roles clearly in your Resume when writing. Dedicate one bulletpoint to one workscope. This makes your resume clear and easy to read.

If you’re not sure how, let us help! Feel free to reach out to us.

 

Achievements

Writing effective workscopes is important.

But it’s only the first half of the Job Description section.

Hundreds of Auditors share similar workscopes as you.

Achievements help you stand out from the crowd!

How do you write great Achievements in your Resume?

 

Take a look at this example.

RIGHT

Significant Highlights

  • Successfully completed external audits for 2 Malaysia-listed companies, ABC Limited and XYZ Limited.
  • Managed up to 15 clients simultaneously with Audit team, accruing profits of >RM100K.

 

James’ workscope tells us his day-to-day responsibilities as an auditor. But it reads like any other audit professional’s workscope!

His Achievements help him stand out. Only James has successfully completed external audits for ABC Limited and XYZ Limited. He has also managed up to 15 clients simultaneously with Audit team, accruing profits of >RM100K. Few other auditors do exactly that.

These make a case for why we should call him in for an interview.

 

Great Achievements are the secret sauce to a successful Audit resume. As an Audit Professional, what kinds of Achievements could you write?

  • Include projects which you have led or worked on, together with their resulting tangible business benefits. Projects and benefits could be:
    • Companies you have audited, and their size (Market Cap, Valuation etc.)
    • Size of Projects (in Dollar Cost, Time Frame etc.)
    • Awards you have won
  • Tie your projects to business benefits if possible. Hiring managers and employers want to see your results.
  • One especially crucial area to talk about is your experience in leading a team, department or even a Project. Don’t leave out your team size! Describe any challenges you faced, and how you resolved these problems.

 

Writing Audit Resumes can be especially challenging. Our Audit clients ask us lots of great questions when writing their Resumes:

  • My situation in Audit is unique – I’ve only been in the industry for less than 2 years, but am thinking of making a career switch. What do I include in my resume?
  • I feel like I’m doing the same work as all my other peers in Audit – how else can I differentiate myself apart from the tips you’ve shared above?
  • Some of my Achievements are confidential, and I’m thinking of leaving them out. Are my remaining Achievements substantial enough?
  • Are some of my Workscopes essential; or should I omit them?
  • I’ve followed all your strategies and my resume is more than 3 pages – what should I do?

 

If you have questions about your Resume, or would like a second opinion, don’t hesitate to reach out! Just send us your CV, and we’ll get back to you!

 

Key Pointers Recruiters Look For In Audit Resumes

You’ve learnt what it takes to write a successful Audit Professional Resume. But what exactly are some of the latest skills that Audit recruiters looking out for?

We’ve poked around our network of recruiters and headhunters in Malaysia. This is what we’ve learnt:

  • Knowledge of Latest Financial Reporting Standards: Finance and Accounting is an ever-changing field. Regulatory standards are always changing, and Audit professionals who take the time to learn the most updated standards will always be in demand. Audit Professionals who have experience coordinating internal transitions to new frameworks and standards have a competitive edge.
  • Team/Department Leadership: If you are looking to get a promotion or climb the organisational ladder, make sure to include significant leadership and management skills. Mention teams you’ve worked with, staff you’ve directed, and projects you’ve held.
  • Include Audit-related training and certifications you were able to secure. These will make you a more competitive candidate for the job. Highlighting your relevant certifications at the Executive Summary section of your Resume is a sure-fire way to keep hiring managers interested.

If you have unique experiences with these in-demand Audit skills, be sure to weave them into your resume!

 

Free Audit Resume Feedback

Now you know how to write a great Audit CV, and what the latest hiring trends are. Why not try writing your own CV, using our Free Downloadable CV Templates?

If you’ve any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help!

Before you start sending out applications, don’t forget to get a free CV Feedback Session with our team! We’ll give your Resume a free review, before you start your job search!

 

Audit Job Opportunities

  • Join LinkedIn groups or follow companies you wish to work for to keep abreast with new job openings.
  • Alternatively, you can reach out to these headhunters in Malaysia to learn about any vacancies they may be trying to fill out.

 

How to Score More Audit Job Interviews

 

How to Prepare for an Audit Job Interview

Managed to land an Audit job interview? Congratulations!

You’re just one step away from the job of your dreams!

Prepare for the job interview with our handy interview guides:

There you have it – an ultimate guide on how to write a stellar Audit Resume, and how you could maximise your success of landing a role. Once again, don’t forget to send your CV to us for Free CV Feedback after you’ve written yours – a second opinion doesn’t hurt!

While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out our Cover Letter Samples, Templates & Tips, or download our Downloadable Free Resume Templates to get started on your new resume.

 

All the best!

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