To craft a strong response, start by carefully reviewing the job requisition, researching the employer, and asking these questions:
- What strengths do you have that are pertinent to the position? (3-5)
- What are key accomplishments that have benefited past employers and are relevant to this position? (1-2)
- What personal traits (or soft skills) do you have that complement your other skills?
- What educational credentials enhance your employment background? (diplomas, degrees, and professional certifications)
My passion is numbers. With more than five years experience in accounting, I have been recognized for completing complex accounting projects under stringent time restraints. In my current role as a fund accountant, I generated over $230,000.00 in cost savings by identifying expense reduction opportunities. I enjoy collaborating with others to understand my employer’s pain points and addressing problems head-on. My bachelor’s degree in accounting is a strong foundation for my accounting career and I am currently on track to obtain my CPA License by this October.
In most instances, avoid sharing personal matters or ancient work history. Instead, focus on highlighting:
- how you can do the job
- what you have previously accomplished
- how you can help the organization
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