Kristine Tuazon, Principal Consultant at Good People HR, believes the most important skill for an accountant to have is an understanding of the value of a business - money and the ability to be creative with it.
“A great accountant will understand the true value of the $1,000 sitting in your bank account, and where to invest it to get the best return for your money. They’re not simply concerned about what you spent your money on, putting it on a spreadsheet and how to get the BAS in on time,” she explains.
She continues: “Complex problem solving and creativity is where the future of accounting is heading, gone are the days of simply allocating numbers to buckets. What sets a great accountant apart from the pack is being proactive, truly understanding the ins and outs of the business, and always thinking about where improvements can be made. It is these key points you should put on your SEEK Profile.”
If applicable, log on now and add these qualities to the Personal summary and Skills & Education areas of your SEEK profile:
- Exceptional problem-solving abilities
- Proactively pursues unique and effective ways to engage clients
- Understands cross-departmental business objectives
- Is passionate about improving business
It’s also a good idea to give examples of when you’ve demonstrated these skills in the past. Tuazon recommends that your SEEK Profile include a list of achievements. “Be specific, show the value you’ve created in numbers and ensure you can get a referee to validate this information.”
“A great accountant will understand the true value of the $1,000 sitting in your bank account, and where to invest it to get the best return for your money. They're not simply concerned about what you spent your money on, putting it on a spreadsheet and how to get the BAS in on time,” she explains.
For example, you might include something like this: “Created a cost saving of 23% for (current company) by understanding the business and recommending alternative suppliers, restructuring debts and keeping management up to date regularly on the impact of each activity on the bottom line.”
Make sure you include information and examples throughout your profile that highlight your understanding and ability to create money for the businesses you’ve been involved with.
Your SEEK Profile provides a convenient way for prospective employers to look for new employees; and for you to find that next great role. It’s, therefore important you’re constantly updating your profile with your latest skills and achievements. It doesn’t take long and the pay-off could be life-changing.
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