By Ruoro Kairu
Getting a job is the desire for most professionals. The dream is to finish school, get a good job, then climb up the career ladder.
The reality, however, is quite different. Since the job market is flooded with professional, the job search process isn’t always easy.
This week, I received an email from Nancy. She’s about to graduate from the university, but she’s afraid she may not get a job after graduation. Part of the mail she sent reads.
“I work as a cashier in popular retail in town. With the money I earn, I’ve been able to save up and put myself through school.
This week, I reached out to a friend -who’s also an accountant. Unfortunately, since he graduated a year ago, he’s yet to get a job. He does get contracts for a month or two, but he’s yet to get a permanent or long term job.
When I asked him what the hardest bit of getting a job was, he told me most employers asked him what practical skills he has.
I have been working in a different area, so I can put myself through school. When I’m done, will employers be willing to understand, or do they expect me to know and master all these practical skills?
Also, what are the most important skills I need to learn in order to prepare myself for the competitive job market, and where can I learn these skills?”
Nancy’s case is not unique, there are professionals looking for ways to gain an upper hand over other job applicants.
For an accountant, these are the top skills that will help you get an edge over other professionals;
1. Learning how to file taxes
As an accountant, you ought to learn how to file taxes. This is a key component of what employers are looking for when recruiting accountants.
When working, you’ll be required to file various forms of taxes for your organization.
2. Learn how to use QuickBooks
There are various accounting software in the market. One of the popular software is QuickBooks. To succeed as an accountant, you’ll need to learn how to effectively use QuickBooks.
Today, it’s almost impossible to go through an interview without the employer asking you how efficient you are at QuickBooks.
3. Learn how to effectively use MS. Excel
Most accounting professionals will agree that Excel forms the backbone to accounting. While there are different accounting software, most of them are compatible with Excel.
Additionally, you can use Excel as you work on gaining skills on the accounting software.
Where can you learn these skills?
It is evident learning these skills will give you an upper hand when you’re applying for a job, or when you want to grow your career.
Register for the upcoming Practical Accounting, QuickBooks Training & Career Mentorship Program and start your career growth journey.