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What do accountancy employers look for?

Finding your first accountancy job can be daunting. Even if you’ve had similar roles before, it can be hard to know exactly what employers want. In her next webinar on the 13th April, senior accounting tutor Patricia Barlow will be offering advice on impressing prospective employers, addressing how to maximise your skills, qualifications and professional […]

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Future Leaders of Finance Networking Evening

Qualified Accountants, Finance Managers and Financial Controllers all attended GAAPweb’s Future Leaders of Finance networking evening, in association with Reed Finance. In an interactive session, Mark Doyle, Managing Director of The Method, revealed how method acting techniques can be used to help you develop your leadership skills. Attendees also had the opportunity to discuss the […]

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Senior finance professionals look to other industries to combat skills shortages

61% of CFOs say that they have struggled to source candidates from traditional talent pools 52% of senior finance managers would be prepared to consider candidates from another industry to fill a job. However just 27% would be prepared to take on staff with a background in another profession. Research from Robert Walters has found […]

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How important are soft skills for Accountants?

Daniel Middleton is a Consultant at Argyll Scott, specialising in Accounting and Finance recruitment. In business, and in life, many of us make our decisions logically. We base our choices on quantifiable factors; whether that is details from a profit and loss statement, or balance sheet, or what type of mortgage we take, or where […]

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What Employers Want: Effective communication and strong commercial acumen

Part Three| Effective communication and strong commercial acumen In this three part series; Cedar looks at the increased emphasis on soft skills when hiring a finance leader. In week one we looked at leadership and risk taking skills. In week two we looked at the need for forward thinking and strong interpersonal skills, but what […]

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Five key skills needed to be a successful accountant

Nadim Choudhury, Head of Careers and Employability at ifs University College Communication skills: You don’t have to be TV presenter, but you must be able to articulate how you think and feel so that others understand you. Focus on making sure that your language isn’t cluttered – most of your clients won’t have a technical […]

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What Employers Want: The top six non-finance skills for finance leaders

Part Two| Forward Thinking and interpersonal skills In this three part series; Cedar looks at the increased emphasis on soft skills when hiring a finance leader. Last week we looked at leadership and risk taking skills but what else do employers want? 3. Forward thinking Finance professionals that are now most in demand are enthusiastic […]

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Soft Skills for Finance Professionals

The role of modern accountancy and finance professionals is changing. In addition to technical proficiency, accountants are expected to take a more central role in providing strategic direction to the business, working in conjunction with other departments to share insights and play a role in shaping wider company goals and objectives. As a result, soft […]

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What Employers Want: The top six non-finance skills for finance leaders

Part One | Leadership and Risk Taking In a new three part series, Cedar looks at what employers look for in today’s finance leader. In 2015, McDonald’s UK launched a campaign calling for a whole-scale re-evaluation of the value and importance of soft skills in the workplace. Research showed that soft skills contribute £88bn to […]

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Potential skills shortage predicted in 2016

A recent survey published by Robert Half, specialist finance and accounting recruiters, indicates that nearly 40% of employers are worried about retaining their top talent in the year ahead, particularly those with specialist in-demand skills. 58% of the 200 UK finance leaders surveyed said they had lost a key employee to a competitor offering a […]

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