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When you only have three years of relevant experience...

Updated: Sep 28, 2023

To have better bullet points for your resume on your job responsibilities, sprinkle in the following tips and your resume will be looking like a future VP of tax in no time!

  1. Use LinkedIn: Find someone whose path you would like to emulate. Are you a Senior Tax Analyst? Look at a Senior Tax Manager or Tax Manager's resume on LinkedIn that has an updated resume with strong bullet points and see how you can amplify the impact of your resume based on how they presented their achievements and responsibilities.

  2. Use the job description they gave you when you were hired, and use the job description's keywords for a job you seek next. Take those responsibilities and add quantifiable achievements from your early job experiences and internships.

  3. Highlight your professional development courses, trainings, and certifications. Hiring teams know that when you are young, you lack experience. Courses and trainings show you are making the effort to get the experience you need to be successful in your field.

  4. Action verbs: Start each bullet point with a strong action verb highlighting what you accomplished in your role. Examples include "managed," "created," "optimized," "implemented," and "solved."

  5. Quantify your achievements: Whenever possible, include numbers and statistics to demonstrate the impact of your work. While you may not have years of experience, as long as you have one tax year completed, you should have data for how much you did and how long it took or how you improved a process and the results. A lot of our candidates forget that even if you didn't lead a big project, being part of the team and its success is something to take some credit for!

  6. Customize your bullet points: Tailor your bullet points to the specific job you are applying for. Look at the job description and identify the skills and experiences the employer seeks. Then, highlight how your previous job responsibilities align with those requirements.

  7. Be concise: Keep your bullet points brief and to the point. Avoid using long, complex sentences or industry jargon. Use bullet points to convey your accomplishments and skills clearly and concisely.

  8. Include your volunteering, internship experiences, and status of CPA exams


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