What Else, Apart From Qualifications, Will Help You Climb The Career Ladder?
on: March 01, 2010, 3:49 am
Author: Reed Global
Industry: Human Resources
Having the appropriate accounting qualifications is essential
as you seek to find your next accounting job, but employers take much more than proven technical aptitude
into account when considering who to recruit and who to promote. And
this broader approach isn’t limited to finance roles in the private
sector: in the public sector and in practice too, recruiters look for a
broader range of skills from applicants.
A few years ago, in the wake of the Enron and WorldCom scandals and the subsequent
introduction of the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate governance requirements, compliance and
control were paramount. IAS, IFRS and technical ability were all and we were firmly
within ‘The Age of the Auditor’.
The role of the accountant continues to change and evolve, and now business acumen,
commercial awareness and first rate people skills have become the number one
At the moment, not all accountants are ready and able to face this new set of
For almost 20 years, Robert S Kaplan of Harvard Business School has said that
accountants need to “spend less time dealing with financial accounting, audit and
tax", arguing that more time should be spent on "operations, marketing strategy
and behavioural and organisational issues".
Kaplan has certainly now got his wish, as throughout 2009 Reed Accountancy and Reed
Finance have been inundated with requirements from employers who specify they want
candidates who "demonstrate MD or CEO potential".
Organisations recognise that their most senior finance staff can drive the
performance of every area of their business - not just by cutting costs, but by
increasing sales and helping improve operational efficiency too. FDs and FCs must be
ready to not just be part of strategic and operational decisions, but to lead these
Possessing the ability to successfully shape, lead and implement business strategies
is crucial for a senior-level financial executive, and strong communication skills
play a pivotal role in helping them do this.
Excellent presentation, influencing, negotiation and leadership skills all now
appear on the Candidate Requirements wish lists of Reed Finance clients as standard.
This may not have been the case when you first set out on your accountancy career,
but it is a dynamic profession and arguably there’s never been a more exciting and
high-profile time for finance professionals.
So now is the ideal time to build your ‘softer’ skills alongside your technical
capabilities, and in so doing put yourself in a strong position to realise your
career progression ambitions.
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