Sample Bookkeeper Resume

Job Overview

A bookkeeper keeps track of financial records for organizations and companies. For the sake of keeping updated and accurate financial statements, bookkeepers must understand how to use spreadsheets and software programs for data. The financial statements a bookkeeper is responsible for usually include debts, expenditures, invoices, profits, and accounts payable and receivable. They are expected to perform any combination of calculating, posting, and verifying financial data for use in maintaining records. The bookkeeper is responsible for ensuring that all transactions are recorded in the correct daybook, which contains records of sales, purchases, payments, and receipts.

Job Education/Qualifications

Becoming a bookkeeper requires at least a high school diploma. Then one should have certification to demonstration their knowledge and skills in the field. To obtain certification, a candidate must have 2 years of experience, best gained by on-the-job training. A candidate should have math and basic computer skills, while also being detail-oriented. Certification is acquired through the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers, and is known as the Certified Bookkeeper (CB) designation. The organization’s code of ethics must be followed, along with the passing of an examination. The exam is broken up into four parts. Preparation courses are available online and at colleges for the certification exam.

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks is expected to decline 8 percent from 2014 to 2024. This decline can be attributed to technological change, which is expected to reduce demand for the workers in these occupations. Software improvements have automated many of the tasks typically performed by bookkeepers. As a result, there will be more bookkeepers being hired on a contract basis through third party firms, rather than being held as a staff member. Opportunities to enter the occupation will still be plentiful, and the demand for bookkeeping is tied especially to the growth of small businesses.

Job Earnings

The median annual salary for a bookkeeper is $39,560, as of September 2016. The salary range is usually between $34,833-$44,349. This can vary widely depending on a variety of factors. Many bookkeepers work full time, and about 1 in 4 work part-time. Bookkeepers may work longer hours during certain times of year to meet deadlines, such as tax time, the end of the fiscal year, or when yearly accounting audits are performed. Those who work in restaurants, stores, and hotels may find themselves working extra hours during peak vacation and holiday seasons.

Additional Resources

Bookkeeper Resume Example

Professional Experience

NorthRidge Developments, New York (01/2013 – 10/2016)
Bookkeeper

  • All bookkeeping aspects including accounts payable, accounts receivable, monthly bank reconciliations, general ledger entries, daily, weekly and monthly financial reports
  • Set up and maintained all files for construction projects, contractors, tenants, and vendors.
  • Obtained updated insurance information for all contractors and vendors
  • Prepared and maintained appropriate clent files, records and correspondence
  • Maintained and tracked all company insurance policies and issues
  • Maintained all company permits and licenses.

 

Electro Dynamics, New York (01/2009 – 07/2012)
Bookkeeper

  • Instructed subcontractors on the preparation of AIA forms
  • Analyzed AIA forms to ensure that only authorized charges were billed
  • Prepared lien waivers to be notarized and submitted by subcontractors
  • Ensured all pertinent contracts were signed and insurance requirements had been met prior to releasing checks
  • Assisted Controller with accounts receivable
  • Ensured that employee credit card receipts were received timely both to ensure validity of charges and for job costing purposes

 

Reliance Utilities, New York (04/2003 – 11/2008)
Bookkeeper

  • Managed accounts payable and accounts receivable using QuickBooks
  • Worked with customers and factoring company to obtain credit for customers
  • Researched and responded to any customer chargeback issues that arose
  • Assisted with bank reconciliations
  • Reviewed Profit and Loss Statement for each Order
  • Researched options when contracts came up for renewal
  • Kept employees up to date regarding changes in the company’s 401K plan

 

AstorClub Corp, New York (04/1999 – 04/2003)
Bookkeeper

  • Managed accounts payable and accounts receivable using QuickBooks
  • Managed multiple bank accounts including making transfers as needed
  • Prepared monthly reports providing insights into the overall financial status of the business
  • Negotiated terms and conditions of payment arrangements with vendors
  • Researched and responded to any customer chargeback issues that arose
  • Processed payroll through ADP
  • Provided input into monetary and other business decisions

Education

Bachelors in Finance & Accounting –Rochville University, Sarasota, FL