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Describing your personal qualities

The first group of words can all be used in the first person (and therefore might be appropriate to use in your CV, or in an interview). Reliable dependable, able to be trusted Well-organised Yes, I would say I was well organised. Self-motivated !s you can see, I am a self motivated person. Thorough doing everything fully and completely; missing nothing Practical Creative able to come up with new ideas; original thinking I li"e to thin" I am a creative person when it comes to mar"eting ideas. Fle ible adapting to changing situations or needs Responsible able to answer for ones conduct and obligations !rganised #y colleagues tell me that I am always very well organised. !utgoing sociable and lively; a good communicator "usinessli#e serious and focused on the task or discussion I consider myself to be businessli"e when dealing with customers. $ssertive bold and confident in manner, but in an appropriate way %fficient I have a reputation within the team for being efficient. &ersatile able to deal offer a range of skills and adapt to a variety of subjects, fields I believe that one of my "ey strengths is that I am very versatile. Competent having the ability to use skills effectively I thin" you would find that I was a very competent systems analyst.

Describing personal qualities in others

This second group of words would not be used when spea"ing about yourself, but could be used to describe other people $ in some cases when addressing them personally, in other cases in their absence. %ome of these ad&ectives may carry a negative connotation. Talented 'maginative 'e wor"s hard but he doesn(t seem very imaginative. Clever

(oyal having feelings of strong attachment I thin" she is too loyal to be tempted by a better offer from a headhunter. % ceptional better than average; outstanding 'e is an e)ceptional accountant, he will be a real asset to our company. $stute having sound judgement and insight 'er latest report shows how astute she is about the current state of the mar"et. 'nquisitive curious about the affairs of others; inclined to ask a lot of questions I li"e tal"ing to him, but I find him rather in*uisitive about my personal life. 'ngenious very clever and original +e need ingenious people li"e her in our ,-. department. Sensible showing good sense and reason You can always rely on his sensible suggestions in meetings. Sensitive easily affected emotionally; aware of the feelings of others I thin" he may be too sensitive to ta"e part in such a tough negotiation. Tenacious not inclined to give up, even in the face of difficulty +e will re*uire a tenacious manager for this pro&ect. $ggressive bold and dominant, often at the expense of others 'e is inclined to become aggressive when under stress. Trust)orthy +e need a trustworthy person to deal with such a large account. *ethodical carrying out tasks (or thinking) in a logical, sequenced way %he is very methodical in her approach to minute ta"ing. /

Accountants work in high-stress environments where missing one detail can mean high costs for businesses down the road. An accountant needs a calm, organized and creative personality in order to thrive and not be bogged down by the responsibility of playing a key role in his clients' financial health and future.

Strong Ethics and Integrity

An imperative to be a good accountant is honesty and a strong sense of integrity. An accountant who lives of a life of integrity will make sure that he keeps confidential information private. He will also ensure his clients obey all relevant laws, which will keep them out of trouble in the future.

Organized and Structured

An accountant should personally be a very organized person who is comfortable working within a highly structured environment. An accountant's work can be repetitive and involve strict rules and regulations. She also needs solid time-management skills to keep up with deadlines and comple pro!ects. "eing able to organize and prioritize is essential.

Creative and Inquisitive

Although an accountant needs to be comfortable with structure, he should also be creative. An accountant should come up with new and fresh ideas for overcoming obstacles or dealing with financial difficulties. An in#uisitive mind that always wants to learn more and research new methods for efficiency will keep an accountant on the top of his field.

Detail Oriented
Having an eye for detail is crucial to be a good accountant. A small error might be hidden among a long line of details that an accountant must go through in order to find. "ut that one small error could make a huge difference in a business's future. An accountant must also keep very detailed notes about his progress and meetings to keep his clients well informed.

An interest in business -- even having the heart of an entrepreneur -- will help a person be a better accountant. "y understanding business models, an accountant can decipher what economic methods might fit best with a business's goals. $he things that an account discovers can lead to important business decisions. %f he can couch his suggestions in terms of a business's bottom line, he will be an even greater help to his clients.

Job Interview !ey Strengths E"a#$les

Here are the three important personal strengths recognized in the business world today&
1. Adaptive to change: If youre not only good in adjusting to changes but can also lead a change, it is even a better strength. 2. Communication skills: having verbal and written interpersonal skills, people oriented person, friendly, loyal to friends, team player, cooperating, listener, respectful, honest, empathetic, flexible, tolerant, caring and ready to help and always go the extra mile to help out. . Self motivated and learning agility: a headstrong personality. !omeone whos not only intelligent but loves to learn new things and to be challenged " a determined personality, a #uick learner that has high level of energy.

'ou can categorize some strength per occupation, as follows& - For sales/marketing, customer service, managers and leaders positions: self confident, effective organizational and prioritization skills, negotiator, presenter, initiator, good planner, persuasive, adaptability, patient, cooperative, goal driven, stress tolerant, effective decision maker and problem solver. - Technical or financial positions: analytical skills, strong in math, programming and engineering, accuracy and attention to details a handy man. Accounting is often viewed as a number cruncher's !ob, but other skills and #ualities beyond math abilities are critical to success. $o become an accountant, you normally need a bachelor's degree in accounting. (any accountants also become certified public accountants, or )*As, by completing a licensing e am.

Accounting definitely begins with strong math abilities. However, accountants do much more than add and subtract. $hey must analyze financial transactions+ decide how to properly record them in financial accounts+ and apply generally accepted accounting principles, or ,AA*, when preparing financial statements and reports. Accountants who do ta preparation and prepare management accounting reports must also analyze financial records and determine the best treatment for various revenues and e penses.

&ell-Organized and Detail-Oriented

(aintaining copies of receipts, statements and other financial records for easy retrieval later on re#uires a high degree of organization. -or ta preparation, for instance, accountants often have to go through messy files for clients or employers, and organize them in a way that allows for ta filing and record maintenance in the event of an audit. Attention to detail is crucial, because errors in recording accounting transactions can affect financial reports or ta es. (isstated financial information can affect a company's investors, cause managers to make faulty financial decisions and lead to inaccurate ta filings.

E"cellent Co##unicators
.espite the perception that accountants work completely autonomously and are typically reserved individuals, accountants need a strong ability to communicate. $hey must listen to directives from employers or clients before preparing financial records or ta es. $hey must also ask effective #uestions and offer insights and advice on the best ways to record transactions or file ta es. /ltimately, the employer, business or ta client -- along with the accountant -- suffer if an accountant messes up records or filings.

Business Savvy
%ncreasingly, employers want accountants that have a high level of business acumen to go along with accounting skills, according to a 0une 1223 article in the 4Accounting 5 -inance4 !ournal. Accountants often participate in e ecutive meetings and represent the company in financial matters, which re#uires professionalism and proper eti#uette. "ecause accounting fits into the broader company system, accounting processes must coincide with other business functions. $his is especially true with accounting software, which often aligns with company purchasing activities, and billing and payment processes.

Accountants track and analyze company accounting records and prepare financial reports. $hey may work as accountants for public companies+ management accountants who work for private employers+ government accountants+ and self-employed accountants. Some accounting professionals work in auditing and confirm the accuracy of a company's accounting records. A bachelor's degree in business or accounting is common in the field, and accountants typically earn a certified public accountant, or )*A, rating to perform high-level accounting work. Several common strengths contribute to success in accounting careers.

Math S'ills
-ew accountants would be able to do their !obs well without strong math skills. /sing basic arithmetic, accountants add amounts to some accounts and subtract amounts from other accounts to increase or reduce balances. Accountants also compute financial ratios, including margins, leverage and li#uidity ratios, asset turnover ratio and debt-to-e#uity. $hese ratio calculations involve the use of multiplication and division.

%nalytical S'ills
Successful accountants must have strong analytical skills, and their reputations depend on accuracy and attention to detail. Accuracy is especially critical in public companies, because misrepresentation of financial performance is considered unethical at a minimum, and often fraudulent. )orporate accountants review financial reports to help managers make strategic financial decisions. Some accountants work in ta preparation, which means they scrutinize ta documents and help clients file ta es.

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%utono#y (lus Co##unication

Accountants must be both autonomous and collaborative to be successful. $hey must be comfortable working alone, analyzing documents and preparing financial reports. $hey must also have good communication skills to effectively interpret accounting records and financial reports to colleagues and clients. $a accountants need skills to persuade people to use their services and communicate ta -related advice.

)echnical S'ills
Accountants need more than a basic level of competency with computers and a willingness to master new tools to improve accuracy and efficiency. 8endors are constantly improving accounting software solutions, and accountants need to be able to easily learn new programs. Accountants working with companies must become familiar with the company's accounting software to prepare reports and check for accuracy in financial data.

*egal %wareness
$he legal code and ethical standards related to financial reporting are stringent, and accountants typically study some business law in college. /nderstanding business laws related to financial accounting and report preparation helps accountants protect themselves and their employers. %n the /nited States, accounting work must adhere to generally accepted accounting principles, or ,AA*, standards established by the -inancial Accounting Standards "oard. $hese guidelines help maintain uniformity in the way companies record financial transactions. Standards change periodically, so accountants need to constantly review them.

+, Mathe#atics

$he primary !ob of an accountant is to crunch numbers. $o do so accurately, an accountant must have e tensive skills in mathematics. Although some accountants use only simple mathematical operations in their work, such as adding, subtracting and multiplying, others -- particularly those engaged in financial planning and analysis -- must often develop and solve comple mathematical formulas and algorithms.


Accounting leaves little room for error. %n the course of a single day, an accountant may make hundreds, if not thousands of calculations. %f even one of these calculations is incorrect, the account may be thrown off. -or this reason, a good accountant must be almost preternaturally accurate, and allot sufficient time to double-check his figures.


Although, according to the "ureau of :abor Statistics, most accountants work a regular, ;2-hour week, at certain time, they may be re#uired to work longer hours or to work #uickly to meet a deadline. <ften, companies will rely on accountants to finish their calculations within a short period of time. -or e ample, a publicly traded company must release earnings statements every #uarter, which re#uire significant work to accurately calculate.


Accountants will often need to draw figures from dozens, if not hundreds of different sources to compile a single report. After a report has been compiled, the accountant may be re#uired to keep a copy on hand for reference later. Also, when developing reports, accountants must be able to organize the data in a fashion that is logical and clear. -or these reasons, they must be e cellent at organizing information.


According to the "ureau of :abor Statistics, accountants must be able to effectively communicate their findings to clients both verbally and in writing. %t is not enough for an accountant to understand a company's finances -- he must also be able to translate this information, which is sometimes #uite comple , into a format that is comprehensible to someone who does not have a background in accounting.

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+o) to Write an $ccountant C&

Accountancy is a profession that is continually diversifying, as the economic world becomes increasingly comple . 'ou therefore need a professional )8 that shows an employer how you can add value. Accountants can work in private practice, providing services to fee-paying clients or they can work directly within an organisation. 6hen you are writing your Accountant's )8 you need to tailor your )8 depending on what type of accountant !obs you are aiming for ne t. -or e ample a small private practice may !ust prepare the accounts for freelancers and small businesses. 6hilst, larger private accountancy firms might deal with far larger commercial organisations and businesses, e tending their services into areas of consultancy on improving the business's finances, advising on mergers and ac#uisitions, as well as financial processes. Accountants are more likely to develop specialisations when working for larger consultancy firms =or directly within a large organisation > business? and may wish to pursue other specialist accounting !obs positions. %ndividual accountants who have been working with small businesses might wish to apply for positions with the bigger accountancy firms. %f you are in this situation, your Accountant's )8 must communicate a broad range of knowledge, as well as the individual attributes re#uired to work with different clients and undertake analysis of their financial situations. %t must highlight considerable knowledge of corporate finance and the accounting function and its processes. 6riting your own )8 can be #uite a challenge, even with our guide for your Accountant's )8. %f you prefer, why not let us do all the hard work for you by using our )8 service. $ake a look at what we have to offer and discover how we can help you to obtain that e ceptional Accountant's )8.

&hat Should .ou Include on an %ccountant C/0

$he accountant who works in the smaller consultancy or as an individual in private practice provides a range of services. $heir primary tasks can include some or all of the following&

0roducing annual and monthly accounts. 2aintaining accounting records. 3iling tax returns and providing advice on taxation matters. 4ompiling financial statements, plans and reports. 4ompleting independent audits of company accounts for registered companies. 5ssisting clients in the management of their expenditure, costs, income, payroll, etc. 5dvising clients on tax liabilities, planning and issues. 3orecasting profits and providing input on budgets. 6iaising with clients 7individuals or businesses8 and responding to #ueries. $eviewing financial systems and processes through checks and tests. 9ealing with insolvency.

$he accountant working in a larger consultancy might also want to include the following on their )8&
6iaising with auditors, both internal and external. 0roducing reports and making recommendations as a result of audit findings. 5nalysing and evaluating financial situation of companies and making reports for management. 5dvising on treasury issues and investment management.

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Characteristics .ou 1eed to De#onstrate on a C/ -or an %ccountant

%n the /@, chartered accountants are usually fully #ualified with the A))A =Association of )hartered )ertified Accountants?, )%(A =)hartered %nstitute of (anagement Accountants?, or A)A =Associate of the %nstitute of )hartered Accountants?. A )8 for an accountant needs to demonstrate the core accountancy skills coupled with sufficient knowledge of business administration to work closely with private business clients. 'ou need to demonstrate and provide evidence of some or all of the following on your )8&

2eticulous accounting skills and knowledge of procedures and accounting practices, with awareness of updates. !trong mathematical and I: skills. ;igh level of analytical skills, with ability to see broader financial picture. 5bility to communicate financial complexities clearly to managers. <xperience of developing financial policy and procedure. :echni#ues for improving financial processes and streamlining systems. <xperience of liaising with regulatory representatives and professionals in external organisations. =nderstanding of the =>?s accounting laws and regulations.

*ersonal attributes demonstrated on an accountant )8 should include&

5 logical, methodical approach, with good attention to detail. !trong time management skills re#uired to work on different contracts. <ffective team working skills. /ood interpersonal skills to liaise with managers of different organisations and companies. <xcellent written and verbal communication skills for the preparation of and delivery of reports and analyses. Integrity, discretion and good understanding of reasons for confidentiality. $esourcefulness and ability to work alone.

&hat are an E#$loyer2s Concerns -or an %ccountant C/0

6hen reviewing Accountants' )8s, an employer is interested in making an appointment that stands the best chance of succeeding. *ut another way, that means avoiding an appointment where risk is involved. $he employer's concerns are&
4an this accountant contribute to this organisation?s financial health and stability@ 4an they contribute to the development of a successful financial strategy@ 4an this accountant assist in building the organisation by establishing optimal accounting processes@ If they are of a high enough calibre, how soon can they make a difference and will their contribution continue in the form of future growth@ Is this person totally dependable, with impeccable professional standards@

'ou need to address all of these #uestions in your Accountant's )8. $hey must be supported with evidence of your performance to date, ensuring that the employer believes that your work will help to consolidate the organisation as it moves forward. $his means that you have to sell yourself by addressing the employer's concerns in every line of your accounting )8, while providing more information to show that you are not only a suitable candidate for the position, you are the best candidate, and that you should definitely be invited to interview.

$o do this, you need to target your )8 to each employer you apply to. $his means doing your research and understanding their organisational ob!ectives before applying, so that your Accountant )8 is an informed and focused document. &O&'"(R &()E%: 7eed a *rofessional )89 "radley )8s 12 years' e pertise guarantees that you'll win the !ob interviews you deserve. -ABB )8 Aeview by "radley )8s ,et more interviews by learning how to significantly improve your own )8. -ABB Aeport& How $o .ramatically %mprove 'our )8 .iscover D critical improvements that you need to make to your )8.

Ca$ture %ttention with .our %ccountant2s C/ (ro-ile

'ou only have C2 seconds within which to impress an employer before they add your )8 to the shortlist or re!ect pile. 'ou therefore need to capture the employer's attention in that first half minute. Sited at the top of your Accountant )8, the *rofile is your ideal opportunity to do this, by presenting a high impact 'snapshot' of your application that motivates the employer to read on. %n your *rofile, you can highlight your greatest strengths and attributes, plus areas of e perience. "y ensuring that these are always entirely relevant to the vacancy, you can encourage the employer to read on and, hopefully, decide to interview you. %n your accounting )8, the strengths that are re#uired are typical of many positions& accounting processes, ta ation law in the /@, financial planning and strategy development, and producing budgets and reports. 6hat the employer would like to know is how you fit into their organisation above and beyond these areas. So, how many years of accounting e perience do you have =and with which accounting #ualification - A)A, A))A, )%(A?, which kind of organisations have you e perience of, and how similar was your previous accounting e perience to the vacancy in terms of the organisation's activities, size, turnover, departmental scale9 All these #uestions present you with information that can be included, briefly, in your *rofile. %n addition to these e perience areas, you can further sell yourself by highlighting three or four key accounting strengths, whether skills areas or personal attributes. 6hat do you bring to your work9 $he wisest approach is to focus on those areas that are uppermost in the employer's information about the vacancy. "e prepared to rewrite your *rofile so that it aligns with the priorities of every employer you send your )8 to.

3it 3o#e with (ower-ul %chieve#ents on .our %ccountant C/

Hopefully, you have now captured the employer's attention with your accounting *rofile. 7e t, you need to really convince them to shortlist you by impressing them with a list of achievements on your )8. "acked up with convincing figures, your achievements should provide #uantitative evidence of your previous e perience by showing, in measurable terms, how you assisted client companies and organisations with their finances and ta ation. Achievements on an Accountant's )8 add a bit more detail to the 'snapshot' by presenting you as an individual and differentiating you from other candidates. Strong achievements that are relevant to the vacancy will help the employer to envisage what you might do for their organisation if appointed. %n this respect, they are enormously motivating. How do you ensure achievements do what they are re#uired to do and win you an interview9 'ou can create high impact achievements by focusing on what you did in a !ob, rather than what was in the !ob description. 6hat did you do and what was the positive outcome9 Some people suggest thinking in terms of Situation, Action and Aesults =SAA?. 6hat really matters is the #uantification, i.e. the provision of numerical measurement that allows the employer to get a real sense or picture of what you did and the scale of your results. -or e ample&
<nhanced profile of finance to match new industry re#uirements, reducing finance cost by 2AB.

Always remember that the employer wants to know whether you can do the same for them, so your achievements =and indeed your entire Accountant's )8? should always be communicating '% could do this for you, too'. 7ote that negative circumstances, such as li#uidation of a company, can still yield positive achievements in terms of how you handled a challenge. -ive or si strong achievements should be included, ensuring that these reflect the employer's priorities as closely as possible. %n con!unction with your *rofile, the Achievements section on your Accountant's )8 can really set you apart, before the employer has even considered your previous !obs. <thers may have the same e perience or #ualifications, but your achievements are usually uni#ue and, when well put together, can genuinely convey that 'must meet' factor.

% Solid 4oundation in .our C/2s Career 3istory

%t's now time to give the employer a more structured view of your previous employment through a well written )areer History. Here is a checklist of the information you should ensure is included for each !ob that you list.
1. Came of the employer and your job title. 2. Dour role and key responsibilities as an 5ccountant, presented as sentences with bullet points. . 9etails of any special projects you worked on, such as mergers, take,overs and ac#uisitions, migration to new software, etc. ). 9etails of any new accounting systems, processes, practices and techni#ues you established, also described alongside bullet points.

.o not write long paragraphs, but present short, emphatic sentences with bullet points. Bach point can be about two sentences long. 'our )areer History on your Accountant's )8 is really another opportunity to present achievements, while including information about your duties and responsibilities at the same time. $he trick is to cover your responsibilities in different positions, but at the same time to present as much information about your skills and abilities as possible. $his way, you communicate more important information about your selling points in an interesting way that is more likely to motivate the employer. -or B ample&
4ompiled and distributed monthly reports to the company?s management team, conveying accurate data and financial reports.

Specific information does more to back up the point you are making. /se verbs =action words? to add clout and emphasis to the descriptions of your previous work. Active language makes your )8 more interesting and provides the employer with a better sense of you as a person. %f you start your sentences with an active verb, the effect is to make you sound more dynamic and proactive. Some obvious e amples of financial verbs that you can use on your Accountant's )8& administered, budgeted, planned, and programmed. <thers that are not so obvious are& allocated, appraised, measured, balanced, assessed, retrieved. Stress your strengths through action verbs such as& analysed, reviewed, established, pioneered. $hese all convey management strengths. @eywords are also important, as these are often used when employers scan Accountant's )8s using specialised scanning software. Some of the keywords will be included in the !ob description and person specification, so it's a good idea to borrow some key phrases from the literature for the individual vacancy you are applying for. $hese can influence whether your )8 helps you to get short listed or not. However, do use them carefully and ensure that they do not stand out amidst the flow of your content. .o not compromise #uality by inserting too much repetitive !argon. RECOMME !E! "# $%: 7eed a *rofessional )89 "radley )8s 12 years' e pertise guarantees that you'll win the !ob interviews you deserve. -ABB )8 Aeview by "radley )8s ,et more interviews by learning how to significantly improve your own )8. -ABB Aeport& How $o .ramatically %mprove 'our )8 .iscover D critical improvements that you need to make to your )8.

5ein-orce your %ccountant2s C/ with Solid S'ills

A list of technical skills will reinforce awareness of your competence and e pertise. -irst, list specialist accounting software such as Sun :edger, (agnitude and "usiness <b!ects, stating whether your skills are competent or e pert. %f your usage of a particular program has been advanced and tied to a significant pro!ect, describe this in brief.

:ist the e pected (S 6ord, B cel and <utlook, but specify whether your skills are advanced or competent. %f you have advanced skills in a particular B cel function, specify this or even say how you have used it.

6uali-ications and )raining -or the C/ o- an accountant

As a #ualified, chartered accountant, you must have been certified by one of the following professional associations&
5ssociation of 4hartered 4ertified 5ccountants 754458 Institute of 4hartered 5ccountants in <ngland and Eales 7I45<E8 Institute of 4hartered 5ccountants of !cotland 7I45!8 Institute of 4hartered 5ccountants in Ireland 7I45I8 5ssociation of International 5ccountants 75I58

$his is the most important #ualification you have and the one that you should list first on your Accountant )8. *rovide the dates of your certification. %f you are partly #ualified, include the start dates of your study and state that it is ongoing. %f you have a "achelor's or (aster's degree in accounting, economics, business management, etc, you should include your degree details ne t. %ncluding your degree results reinforces the employer's perception that you can work at a certain level. ,ive the institution's name, your degree title and result, and the completion date. Also include details of any secondments or special pro!ects you undertook that were vocationally relevant. 'ou should also include any other vocational accounting training that you have completed. *rovide the organisation you trained with and relevant dates. %f you completed a degree in a sub!ect other than accounting, business management or economics, list that ne t. :ikewise, if you attended a further education college to take a different kind of #ualification, list that last. As a general rule, you do not need to include schools once you are at this level.

Ensure .our (resentation is (ro-essional

%f you are to be invited to interview, the employer should already be feeling confident about you. $his will depend on your finish and presentation as much as the content. $his should reflect the high standards of accuracy and attention to detail that you bring to your work. %t is critical that the employer trusts your ability to get it right. Spelling mistakes will not impress anybody. %t's vital that you check and double check your accounting )8 for errors, using the spell checker, your own eye =print a copy out, as it's easy to miss errors on screen? and a friend's second opinion. <therwise, your standards will be !udged on the presence of spelling errors. $he employer will simply think that you are prone to making mistakes on a general level. An Accountant's )8 should be a strong selling document. %t is important to write in a confident but cool professional tone. %t is good to sound motivated, but not overenthusiastic, as this is not conducive to the employer perceiving you as a clear, logical thinker. /se clear, specific and positive language, adding impact to the statements you are making. Bvery word should be supporting the core message of your )8 - that the employer should

invite you to interview because you are the best candidate for the !ob, capable of adding more to the role, while never posing a risk. *ersonal details are no longer e pected on Accountant's )8s, but a little information will help to convey a sense of your personality. 'ou can include some interests, if these add to your professional image, under a section titled <ther %nterests.

What 's The Professional Strengths !f $n $ccountant,

7 %nswers
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Danielle Joynson answered :here are a number of skills and strengths a good accountant needs to ac#uire. :he main professional strengths they need to have are mathematical skills, computer literacy, analysis and the ability to comprehend issues #uickly. /ood with Cumbers

Geing mathematically strong is a given if you want to be a successful accountant because the main job description is working with numbers. Gasic math skills will be essential including addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. 5lso, they will need to possess the ability to work out percentages, ratios and algebraic formulas. 5s well as needing good math skills for working on financial accounts, you?ll need to use them for professional exams. 5 4omputer Ehi.

9ue to the growing importance of technology, the majority of companies now use computeri.ed accounts to deal with clients? money. 5ccountants will need to become accustomed to the computer records. In addition, you may be re#uired to implement a security system to protect a client?s online financial information. 5nalytical

;aving strong analytical skills is important for accountants because they will be asked to review transactions and particular information. Dou will need to sort out billing procedures as well as decide on budgets for their clients. :hese skills are important if you are needed to prepare reports for management or review information from other departments. /ood 4omprehension

Dou need to be able to decipher national accounting standards and other relevant laws that may affect the workings of the company you work for. In addition, you will be re#uired to break down all the financial information in to both basic and more concise applications.