How Do I Write A Career Objective For An Accountant?

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Samuel Chiltern Profile
Samuel Chiltern answered
The purpose of writing a career objective is to set out briefly in your Curriculum Vitae (CV) what you want to accomplish in your career, and how you intend to go about it.

Writing a career objective is not difficult, but it does seem to strike fear into the hearts of many prospective employees.

There is some general advice that will apply to this process, regardless of which industry you want to go into, so hopefully this answer will point you the right direction.

Points to Remember When Writing a Career Objective
  • Keep the language simple - this is especially important if you are not writing in your first language. Don't try to impress with big words or complicated sentences, as this normally back-fires. It is fine to use jargon if it is relevant to your industry, and you know it will be understood by your employer, but only then.
  • The tone should be formal - always avoid slang, but don't make it sound too stuffy either, it still needs to be interesting
  • It must be original - never be tempted to copy and paste even a small amount from somebody else. Take inspiration from others working in your field, but always use your own words.
  • Keep the length to within three to four lines - you just want to give a taste of the person you are, where you've been, and where you see yourself going. Don't write an essay.
  • Keep it focused on the job you're applying for - for example, if you want to be an accountant, then don't mention that you'd also consider doing an admin role. If the company likes you, and you show enthusiasm, then even if you don't get the job you apply for, there's still a chance they'll offer you a different post from which you can work your way up.
  • Make sure it's ambitious, but realistic - you can't jump straight from being an accountant's secretary to becoming the company CEO. Show where you've been, and how this logically feeds into your next step
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Steven Vakula answered
First you will have to decide exactly what type of an Accountant you want to be, such as a CPA or a CFA or CMA, for example. Then decide whether you want to work in private or public accounting, or even governmental. The more refined your choices, the easier it will become for you.

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