Audit Resume Sample

January 10, 2021

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
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    Audit Professional CV [Full Sample]

    Here’s a full Auditor resume sample, which we wrote for a client recently.

    JAMES SMITH
    Senior Audit Professional
    Email: jsmith@email.com   |   Mobile: +60 12 XXXX XXXX   |   Nationality: Malaysian
    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.
    Achievements include:
    • 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.
    KEY SKILLS
    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 Achievements
      [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.]
    RESUMEWRITER   |   ASIA
    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 Achievements
    • 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
    EDUCATIONAL & 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.]
    RESUMEWRITER   |   ASIA

    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:

    WRONG
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • 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.
    RESUMEWRITER   |   ASIA

    Now look at Harry’s:

    RIGHT
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • 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?

    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!Get FREE CV Feedback

    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
    • Communication
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Problem Solving

    4.Achievements and Work Experiences in Audit Resumes

    Work Experiences

    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.
    RESUMEWRITER   |   ASIA

    Here’s how we improved his resume’s Work Experiences.

    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.
    RESUMEWRITER   |   ASIA

    • 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

    RIGHT
    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.
    RESUMEWRITER   |   ASIA

    • 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!Get FREE CV Feedback

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    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.

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    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

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