“Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success.” 

                                                                          – Scott Adams 

Accountants have a great skillset and expertise that is essential to companies and all industries. If you have a knack for numbers, are analytical and like to see the underworking’s of a company, a role in Accounting and Finance might be the right fit for you. There are several positions available in accounting – bookkeeper, accounting clerk, auditor, controller, and many more. 

Here are the top 5 hard skills that accountants should possess: 

1. Detail-oriented

Accounting is made up of different little details – the data. Accountants need to be able to pay close attention to every detail to ensure that all reports and financial statements are accurate. So when accountants receive receipts and other detailed documents from different departments, they have to encode these into their system to produce balance sheets, income statements, reports, without any error. 

 

 

2. Analytical 

Accountants must be strong problem-solvers and highly decisive decision-makers. They must be able to analyze, interpret, and compare figures and data. This skill is critical for all accounting roles as the accurate numbers will give an indication of the company’s direction. 

 

 

3. Organizational

This is one of the most-desired qualities that an accountant should possess. This includes being able to prioritize a wide array of different tasks and concentrate on different data from the clients, operations and other departments in the company. To do this, the accountant must have an efficient system that will help to keep track of all the portfolios that they have to manage, significant dates and deadlines, and transactions such as accounts receivable and payable. 

 

 

4. Tech and system-savvy 

In the age of having the cloud and state-of-the-art web-based systems, accounting professionals are expected to be well-versed with accounting systems to ensure the integrity of the data in their systems. Along with these systems, an ideal accountant should be proficient with the use of advanced Excel functions and formulas. Having these skills will definitely advance your career in accounting. 

 

 

5. Communication and Interpersonal

To make sure that accountants are able to connect with the clients and stakeholders, having strong communication and interpersonal skills will certainly take your career to new heights. Their role may require communicating with clients either by email, phone, or in person. Also, they will have to do presentations to top management about the financial status of the company. 

 Aside from these top skills, it will also help to have some soft skills in tow to balance out all technical skills, ensuring a 360-support to their stakeholders.  

 

 

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