(Closed) HR Bee's or other knowledgeable.. Please help with my resume/cover letter.

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1330 posts
Bumble bee




Skills and Qualifications Summary:

  • Superb analytical, problem solving, time management and organizational skills.  Very attentive to detail. EVERYONE says this. Able to multi-task and work independently.
  • Above average skills with Excel, Word, Outlook, Internet, and all office machines.
  • Type: 15000 numeric kph and 70 alpha wpm.–this is actually pretty fast!! Wow!! That caught my eye…also, what accounting programs do you know? Thats very important!


Work History/Skills:

Company Name                          December 1, 2010 – Present

City, State                                                Accounts Receivable

  • Won contest for cost saving idea.  see below
  • Complete management of accounts, including:  Setting up new accounts, reconcile accounts and contact customers for payments, research invoice and credit disputes.  Make decisions regarding credit holds.
  • Process all payments and post properly to accounts.  Payments include checks, wires, and credit cards.  Reconcile batches daily.
  • Month end journal entries.
  • Establish and maintain several excel files and other documents for larger customers and also for accounting functions.


Real Estate                                                       September 2008 – December 2010

Worked as a Real Estate Agent and Assistant    Put official title. not “worked as”

  • Real estate experience includes sales, relationship management, marketing, property management and leasing.
  • not enough detail- what did you assist with? Did you do sales? What properties did you manage? Focus on accounting and admin aspect of job


Company Name                                               October 1999 – September 2008 this is great longevity!!!!

City, State                                                Credit Assistant-Accounts Receivable Change title to Credit Administrator/AR

  • Elected Employee of the Year.  Key person in being awarded credit department of the year for 9 years in a row. Put this under awards and achievements; not what your duties were
  • Processed credit applications how many per week?, pulled credit reports to determine credit worthiness. which credit reporting system did yo uuse?  Managed accounts once open how many?, including billings and collections.up to how many days?  Reconciled accounts as needed. 
  • Frequent communicationLiased with customers and vendors.  (what kind of vendors?)Contacted customer to collect on account.
  • Maintained petty cash for location, reconciled once monthly.  Processed lockbox payments, incoming checks, cash and credit card payments, applied properly to accounts.  Made daily deposits.  Processed expense reports.  Processed check requests.
  • Trained in and assisted in accounts receivable department, accounts payable, human resources, 200 employee payroll, purchasing and sales as needed.



College Name                                January 2008-Present

Pursing Accounting degree

Classes taken include:  Accounting, Math, English, Business.

When will you graduate? This looks like you have taken only a few courses in 4, almost five years. Write the program you are in or were in


High School Name                                         1994-1998

Received Diploma

Post # 4
6743 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would say no objective and no references in the resume.  I would write in the cover letter that references can be furnished upon request, but I usually reserve that only if the ad calls for references and I’m unwilling to give them in advance, for whatever reason. 

Also, I don’t know what order you like to put things in, but I’ve always put Education and Work History first (for me, it’s education first, then work history) and skills last.  In addition, under education, I would put any awards/dean’s list you may have received. 

For your “won contest for cost saving idea” – you should really explain it!  You should say something like “company implemented (insert description of idea here) that saved company costs (if you know how much, even better), winning contest for idea.”  Something like that.

As far as the rest of the resume goes, I honestly don’t know what’s normal in your industry, but it seems very indescriptive.  It kind of just lists the tasks you do in a very unoriginal manner (sorry, don’t mean to be insulting!).  I think you need to find a way to reword it and spice it up a bit.

In your last job, you wrote that you were elected employee of the year, but not what year. 

Here’s an example of how I would reword one of the lines:

Manage accounts by setting up new accounts payable (did you use a specific program? i’d insert that here), reconciling accounts, contacting customers for payments, investigate invoice and credit disputes culminating with a decision on such dispute. 



Post # 7
6743 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@mandanjoe:  I think you should save that for the interview, although being offered a promotion and a salary increase would be nice to put somewhere.  Not sure if you can put that in your cover letter somewhere?

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