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CV Review for Trainee Accountant in South East England

CANDIDATE NAME – 2:1 BSc Finance



Trainee Accountant

Numerate and enthusiastic trainee accountant with three years’ hands-on experience in accounting. Responsible for managing the two biggest clients of ACCOUNTANCY PRACTICE, ensuring accurate payment runs and bookkeeping. Adept at working with teams as individually with minimal supervision. Background in working in high-pressure environments and meeting deadlines by ensuring that Tax Returns, VAT Returns and reconciliations are completed accurately, to a high standard and on time.

Areas of Expertise

·         Accounting Procedures ·         Personal Tax Returns ·         QuickBooks Pro Certified
·         VAT Returns ·         Bank Reconciliations ·         Sage 50
·         Analytical and Business Skills ·         Microsoft Excel ·         Xero Certified
  • Achieved 90% in a mid-year taxation exam the second highest mark in the business school
  • Increased charity’s capital funding by 30% by advising them on how to record non-current assets correctly
  • Publicly praised by the practice manager for being the main reason the firm was ahead of progress on Tax Returns

Experience Highlights

ACCOUNTANCY PRACTICE, Kent, UK, October 2017 to June 2018

Trainee Accountant

Responsible for the bookkeeping of the two biggest clients of CLIENT. Dealing with the New York office on queries and making transfer requests, ensuring their bank accounts are in good standing.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Performed accurate payment runs, ensuring invoices were paid in full and on time.
  • Prepared personal tax returns, saving clients tax by advising them to own property jointly.
  • Successfully set up a new client on Sage 50 and posted a year’s worth of purchase and sales invoices in a week.
  • Advised client to switch to Cash Accounting scheme for the VAT Return which saved them £4,000.
  • Extracted costing run downs for CLIENT NAMES X 2 and communicated effectively informing them on projects which were the most profitable.

COMPANY, Rainham, Rainham, Kent, UK, 2015 to July 2017

Accounts Assistant Intern

Processed sales invoices, debtor statements, and cash receipts for company that owned 12 Domino’s Pizza franchises. Helped oversee payroll procedures.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Liaised with accounting group to address company backlog of financial data resulting in enhanced performance.
  • Learned about financial transactions and handling confidential information including staff wages.

Telford Aftercare Team, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire, UK, 2014


Key Accomplishments:

  • Advised charity how to record their non-current assets correctly which increased their capital funding by 30%.
  • Convinced managing director to introduce procedure to approve and sign purchase orders.
  • Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance – Upper Second Class | Canterbury Christ Church University, 2017
  • Relevant Modules: Taxation (ACCA exemption), Audit and Assurance (ACCA exemption), Financial Accounting, Economics, Accounting for Business, Financial Accounting, Econometrics
  • A Level | Chatham Grammar School for Boys, 2013
  • Mathematics (A), Geography (B), Information, Communication and Technology (B)


  • CV Review – Trainee Accountant
  • Firstly you don’t need your degree after your name.
  • Include your full postal address and a landline if you have one.
  • Date of birth and marital status at the top useful but not obligatory.
  • Summary needs to be less waffly. Who says you are numerate? Keep your summary to factual information only. Who are ACCOUNTANCY PRACTICE? Don’t expect everyone to know who they are. State exactly what experience you have in full and say what you are looking for.
  • Put your qualifications next after summary (include the start and finish years of your degree) – follow this up with your work experience.
  • Your work experience section is going to be the most important on the CV. Make sure you dont assume the reader knows who the clients and the accountancy practice are – its unlikely anyone will. So explain who the practice is – what size, who are their clients, who were you working for in the practice? Re the clients – rather than just give names say who they are – which sector, what size etc..
  • State exactly what work you have done and which software you are proficient in using. Do not exaggerate this information.
  • The intern role and volunteer post are not particularly important.
  • Have a section for Computer and IT Skills and follow this up with Achievements. Finish off the CV with activities and interests plus two references. One of these should ideally be from CURRENT FIRM.
  • 2 pages should be fine.