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A job objective statement is one of the first things a hiring manager sees when he reviews your resume. Ideally, your objectives should highlight some of your own skills, goals or strengths, yet still be engaging and personalized to your potential employer. Staff accountants have a variety of skills and goals you can focus on in your objective. After reviewing what a particular employer is looking for, address specific items in your objective statement using one or more key attributes.
Staff accountants perform a variety of accounting duties, including journal entries, creating and updating general ledgers and financial statements, reconciling accounts and managing revenue transactions and budgets. Staff accountants might also be responsible for processing payroll and maintaining employee files. It all depends on the needs of the company. If you want to address your specific skills in your objective statement, you might say, “To utilize my account posting and reconciliation experience and skills to enhance the integrity of your internal controls.” This statement lets an employer know that you have skills or experience posting to various ledger accounts, and that you are capable of reconciling your work. It also lets the employer know that you are sensitive to the importance of internal controls.
You can also use your objective statement to touch on career goals or aspirations you might have, such as learning new skills within the staff accountant position or advancing into higher positions that may be offered by the company. An example of a goal-oriented objective statement might be, “To obtain a staff accountant position where I can utilize my skills and training to advance from a Junior Staff Accountant to a Senior Staff Accountant.” Goal statements let employers know that you understand where your skill levels are at, and that you take an active interest in gaining additional responsibilities to grow with the company.
While you might have the skills or experience an employer is looking for, companies might also be interested in knowing your strengths as an accountant. Staff accountants must be well-organized, detail-oriented and able to meet deadlines, sometimes under a great deal of stress or urgency. If an employer notes specific character traits in its job listing, address them in your objective statement. You might write, “To use my strengths at prioritizing sensitive deadlines to meet the accounting requirements of the company and its management." This statement lets a company that routinely works around accounting deadlines know that you are capable of working in such conditions.
In some cases, you might find you want to use more than one type of objective in your statement. This can tie together more of your attributes and allow you to create a more personalized statement to match what the employer is looking for. If you choose to incorporate more than one objective, remember to keep your statement brief so it does not run on. An example of a combination statement might be, “To use my existing account posting skills and tax experience to develop new payroll processing expertise.” This statement lets an employer know that you already possess certain staff accounting skills, and that you want to use the experience to acquire new skills that will enhance your value as an employee.
With a background in taxation and financial consulting, Alia Nikolakopulos has over a decade of experience resolving tax and finance issues. She is an IRS Enrolled Agent and has been a writer for these topics since 2010. Nikolakopulos is pursuing Bachelor of Science in accounting at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.