By Morgan International Staff Writers
To be successful in the finance profession, candidates need more than a strong set of technical skills and relevant work experience. As organisations expect their employees to work more broadly, it is increasingly important to have a range of non-financial skills. These are our top six.
The capability to communicate verbally and through writing. This includes the very important ability to explain what the numbers mean to individuals who are not financially savvy. Furthermore, the skill of active listening as well as speaking should be mastered.
- Stakeholder management
Managing relationships is an important life skill in both your work and personal life. This includes dealing effectively with colleagues, subordinates, management, and those outside of the organisation.
Marketing yourself within the organisation and externally. This is only possible if you have awareness of, and confidence in your strengths. Those most successful at this can also convey that they have a personal interest in the outcome of what they are doing – they care! This is particularly important when you are managing somebody else’s money.
- Attention to detail
One number being added on or taken off can make a huge difference – particularly when reporting results and communicating with the tax authorities. Also the information provided to management is used to make important business decisions, and therefore it needs to be accurate.
- Organisational skills
You are likely to be very busy – managing a mix of business as usual activities with project based work. Into this mix you need to make time for training and development, and management responsibilities you may have. Therefore the ability to manage your time is of paramount importance.
- Tech savvy
You will not only need to use the generic work systems, but you will be expected to use accounting software. As you move between organisations you will need to turn your hand to software packages you have not used before. Therefore developing good technical skills is a great asset to have.
Whilst a Finance professional is expected to have a strong technical skills and work experience, organisations are seeking so much more. They are looking for well-rounded candidates who aren’t just focused on the hard numbers, but are able to communicate effectively and are able to manage their workload to the advantage of the organization.