Top Skills for Accounting and Finance Employment

The Top Skills Right Now for Finance and Accounting Jobs

If your college degree and job expertise is in finance and accounting, then you hold the key to some of the best business jobs around. U.S. News and World Report lists them as the #3 and #4 jobs to have with tens of thousands of positions available and average salaries of about $80,000.

But getting hired takes more than knowing about financial statements and best budgeting practices. Companies want more than a bean counter.

Nowadays, it’s as much about who you are as it is what you can do.

For example, Monster.com lists so-called “soft skills” as necessary skills. Soft skills are defined as personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.

Employers want those as much as they want you to know your budget sheets. Things like planning and organizational abilities, multi-tasking and problem-solving skills, and even communication skills are now job requirements, although most times they’re unspoken ones.

Companies also want to know you can work on your own, unsupervised, and are motivated to get a job done without being told what to do, or how to do it.

Of course, the basics are good, too. No matter where you go you’ll need strong computer skills; Microsoft Excel, Quick Books, those things can’t be denied, and neither can the right certifications and licenses but keep in mind, the Charter Institute of Management Accountants says being a well-rounded individual is just as important.

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