Survey Identifies Non-Accounting Skills Most Sought in Accountants
May 6, 2013 (SmartPros) Today's job market is more than a numbers game for accounting and finance professionals, a new Accountemps survey finds.
When considering job candidates' qualifications beyond traditional
CFOs were asked, "When hiring finance and accounting professionals, which one of the following attributes or areas of expertise is most valued, in addition to traditional accounting knowledge?" Their responses: General business knowledge 33% Information technology 25% Communication skills 14% Leadership abilities 13% Customer service orientation 13% Don't know/no answer 1%*.
"Accounting and finance professionals are playing a broader role at work -- they help develop strategy, inform key decisions and serve as business partners for multiple departments," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of the recently released Human Resources Kit for Dummies, 3rd Edition (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). "Employers seek individuals who have the business acumen necessary to see the big picture and understand how a strong accounting function influences the success of the entire organization."
Messmer also noted that proficiency with the company's enterprise resource planning platform and spreadsheet application is a prerequisite for many accounting positions. He added, "New hires who already possess IT knowledge face a shorter learning curve and can contribute more quickly."
Accountemps offers five tips to help job seekers highlight their full range of knowledge and skills in an interview:
99%* * Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.SmartPros Ltd. 2013