I’m working with a client who has two job search targets. In one she is leveraging her skills as an accountant. In the other, she is pursuing jobs as an administrative assistant. While there is some overlap between those jobs, they are different business functions. Moreover, accounting staff tends to be paid more than administrative assistants. Each resume neds to fit the open position.
For accounting jobs, key words might include: General Ledger (GL), reconciliation, public accounting, accruals, payroll, NFP accounting, GAAP, SOX, time management, and problem solving. These words signal an employer that you are an accountant. If you put them on a resume for an administrative assistant, it’s likely that an employer will think you are overqualified (and too expensive).
On the other hand, an administrative assistant might use these key words: maintaining calendars, data entry, expense reports, accounts payable, accounts receivable (billing), payroll, time management, and problem solving. While there are some overlapping terms, most show a different kind of job function, especially in lower level accounting duties such as accounts payable and accounts receivable.
If you are applying for two different types of jobs, be sure that you have two resumes that show your different skills sets. The employer will not assume that you have the appropriate experience and skills. Your resume has to demonstrate how you are qualified, and you have to back up those claims during interviews. That’s the challenge. However, if you take the time to match your skills and experience to what employers need, you can write a powerful resume that will open the door to interviews and job offers.