Here’s a sample resume we recently produced for a Auditor in Malaysia.
In this article, you’ll learn:
- About the Auditor Role
- What Hiring Managers Look For In Auditor Resumes
- Auditor Job Opportunities
- Job Hunting Tips from our Resident Headhunter
Audit Professional CV [Full Sample]
Here’s a full Auditor resume sample, which we wrote for a client recently.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.]
- [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.]
- 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.
- Managed up to 15 clients simultaneously with Audit team, accruing profits of >RM100K.
- 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
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA) • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants • United States • 2016
- Bachelor of Science (Accountancy) • Northeastern Illinois University • United States • 2014
- Technical Skills: MS Office Suite, CCH Audit Automation Software
- Languages: English and Bahasa Melayu
- Availability: 1 month’s notice
References available upon request
Writing an Audit Resume
Follow the steps of our resume writing guide and you’ll have a killer CV in no time!
1. Resume Header
Ensure your header clearly states your Name, Email Address and Contact Number. There is no need to put your home address or identification number.
2.Breaking Down the Audit Resume Sample
Here’s what an Executive Summary shouldn’t look like:
- 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.
Now look at Harry’s:
- 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 HighlightsCompleted 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?
- 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.
3.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 add 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
- Interpersonal Skills
- Problem Solving
4.Achievements and Work Experiences in Audit Resumes
- 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 how we improved his resume’s Work Experiences.
- 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 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.
5. Key Achievements
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
Bonus Job Hunting Tips for Auditor
Key Pointers Recruiters Look For In Auditor Resumes
- 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.
Auditor Free CV Feedback
Auditor 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.
Job Hunting Tips from our Resident Headhunter
- Create a winning cover letter and send it along your resume. The cover letter will serve as an introduction about yourself and is a great venue to answer the question “Why should we hire you?”
- Be active on social media, particularly on LinkedIn. Make sure to create a strong online profile that represents you and you professional experiences. Here’s our comprehensive guide on writing a great LinkedIn profile.
How to Prepare for a Auditor Job Interview
Before You Go…
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