Position Summary- Auditor
Auditors are appointed by organisations, to carry out systematic and independent examination, to check that their books, accounts, statutory records, and documents are accurately maintained as required by the law. Financial auditors can either be Internal- employed by the organisation they audit; or External- independent firm engaged by the organisation subject to the audit. Internal auditors follow the guidelines set by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), a global body.
In general, an auditor is responsible for reviewing work of the accountant. Their job typically involves reviewing accounts statements, books and accounting software systems to verify accuracy and compliance with regulations ensuring that there is no fraud and/or mismanagement. Additionally, a variety of public accountants particularly deal in forensic auditing that includes investigating illegal financial activities such as tax fraud, money laundering etc.
Auditors must have business acumen and the aptitude to understand different business needs, along with the dexterity to make independent decisions. To be successful, auditors need the ability to unambiguously communicate their thoughts and suggestions through both written and verbal communication. They also need emotional intelligence besides being self-composed to understand their clients’ behaviour in unfavourable situations and to ensure that accurate and exhaustive audit is done.
Auditors typically report to the Board of Directors of an organisation. Their employers include a variety of organisations, independent chartered and certified firms etc.
Tips To Write CV For The Position
Below are some tips for writing a CV of Auditor
- An Auditor’s summary statement need to be concise, no longer than 2-4 lines, and in line with the listed job. Use key words from the job description to describe your most relevant experience, key skills, 1 or 2 quantified achievements and certifications.
A meticulous and analytical CPA with over 8 years of experience in auditing and control practices. Possess extensive knowledge of financial regulations and compliance along with expertise in risk management. Reviewed internal controls and operations for an MNC with a revenue of over HK$ 10 billion.
Emphasize on essential points in Work Experience
- Align your experience with the requirements for the role and pin point the key issues that your skills and experience can help to solve. Focus on the results the employer organisation could achieve from working with you, and share experience that will encourage them to hire you.
- Incorporate numbers into your resume by quantifying your achievements that make you stand out and are your key performance indicators. For instance- Identified loopholes resulting in monetary recovery of HKD $10 million. Recommended risk aversion measures and cost saving techniques that resulted in cost reduction by 30%.
- Highlight your relevant experience such as planning and overseeing the auditing process ensuring that financial operations and controls meet standards and are error-free; allocating responsibilities to junior and staff auditors; reviewing team members’ work for accuracy and compliance; performing effective risk and control assessments; completing audits on time and submitting reports; presenting audit findings and recommending ways to increase compliance and efficiency; coordinating periodical audits etc.
- Emphasize that you are abreast with the rules, regulations, best practices, tools, techniques and performance standards of the sector.
ABC International, Hong Kong
Senior Auditor, August, 2017 – April, 2019
XYZ Enterprises, Hong Kong
Internal Auditor, February, 2011 – July, 2017
OPQ, Hong Kong
Junior Auditor, March, 2011 – January, 2011
- Key skills for auditors include critical thinking, business acumen, communication skills, interpersonal skills, attention to detail, strong mathematical and analytical skills, in addition to sound judgement and decision-making ability.
- Proficiency in MS Office (especially Excel) and hands-on experience in other accounting software systems
Proficient in MS Office and familiar with ERP software
- A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/ Finance or related field is required. Professional certifications such as CPA, CMA and/or Master’s degree will be advantageous.
Master of Accounting
The University of Hong Kong