Three skills to make yourself more employable

How to make yourself more employable

Competition for the best roles is always strong, but accountants can get the edge by focusing on three key areas: influencing, driving growth and core technical skills.

If you work to build skills in these areas and then present examples as strongly as possible on your CV potential employers will be more interested in your CV.

 

 

Influencing Skills

Although the necessary technical skills are a requirement for any finance role, accountancy professionals can really stand out with their ‘softer’ skills.

While fitting in with the culture of the organisation is considered important, what many companies really want at the moment is accountants with the ability to engage with other key people in the business, and most importantly, the knack of convincing others of your arguments.

Businesses want accountants who can build strong relationships and present the finance function in a credible manner – so rather than hide behind emails, get out from behind your desk and be the sort of person who would rather seek buy-in by speaking to people face-to-face.

If this doesn’t come naturally, just try it, keep practising and you’ll soon improve. Forcing yourself out of your comfort zone little by little will make a big impact. Don’t forget, you can always develop your influencing skills by asking your manager to send you on a relevant training course.

Forward Thinking

Given that the ability to identify growth opportunities is so valuable in the current market, businesses in all sectors have been focusing on hiring forward-thinking accountants who can make recommendations for future business success.

Developing this skill in your existing job will therefore stand you in good stead - hiring managers are looking for finance professionals who can demonstrate specific examples of where and how they have helped facilitate growth in their own business areas.

Competition for the best roles is always strong, but accountants can get the edge by focusing on three key areas: influencing, driving growth and core technical skills.

Core Accounting Skills

Employers still place a significant emphasis on core technical skills and finance professionals need to be strong in this area to secure a job at the moment. This has been evident with a lot of the jobs becoming available recently – in particular, core statutory accountants are being hired by plcs and SMEs, while management accountants are also being recruited at the newly-qualified to 2 - 3 years’ PQE level.

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