One of the most important documents you create in your career is your professional resume and your online resume.
It is the first impression of who you are as a tax professional. With three decades experience reviewing more than one million resumes, I understand what it takes to get a tax professional an interview with a company; and why doors are literally shut on tax professionals being considered for a tax job within 15 seconds.
Early on in my executive search career, I ran into a myriad of obstacles connecting tax professionals with the corporate decision-makers who ultimately hire them. There are actually many obstacles that will be discussed; however, the biggest is often your resume presentation. This is when 99% of tax professionals get screened out of the interview process. A majority of tax professionals simply fail to gain an interview with the written resume they presented.
This was a scenario I saw over and over again; tax professionals eliminated within 15 seconds because the person reviewing their resume did not understand it or it did not contain the information the company was searching for in a person. In my opinion, a resume screens you in or out in 15 seconds and then if they like what they see they will spend maybe three minutes more before they make a decision to see you.