Welcome back to part 2 of the 10 key personality traits which make the best accountants. If you’ve made it this far, then there’s a good chance that you have what it takes to pursue a career in accounting. Again, it’s not for the faint of heart! If you want to succeed, then you’ll need to possess the following traits:
6 – A Passion for People
Believe it or not, in order to succeed with numbers, you also need to be willing and able to deal with your clients, regularly. This means being passionate about helping them run and improve their business, with regular meetings and constantly striving to find new ways to help them thrive in their given industry. This also means that you must be willing to explore and understand a multitude of industries so that you can offer the best advice every single time.
7 – Industry Commitment
While it’s important to understand a wide variety of industries for a point of reference, if you want to experience great success then it always helps to pick an industry and commit yourself to it. This will allow you to be the very best in that chosen industry, with a great deal of passion and enthusiasm. This is what reputable companies are looking for when they hire new accountants to join their firm. They want people who are passionate and dedicated, looking for long-term employment. Replacing an accountant is a long and stressful process, which is why there is never a high-turnover of staff. Simply put, if you want to succeed, be willing and able to dedicate yourself to an industry, become the best at it and then find a position which makes you happy and challenges you regularly.
8 – An Excellent Communicator
Excellent communication skills are vital for success as an accountant, given that you need to be able to speak with and relay information to those who might not have as great an understanding of numbers as you do. Accounting is complicated stuff, which means that the use of visual aids and an ability to simplify industry-jargon is required when liaising with clients. In addition to that, a quality accountant must be able to work well with others, as they will be a vital component in a team of professionals who will rely on each other’s insight regularly.
9 – Flexibility in the Workplace
A truly talented accountant will be able to adapt and overcome any challenges that may arise in the workplace. Showing flexibility and a willingness to evolve alongside an ever-changing marketplace is exactly what employers are going to be looking for when hiring new staff to join their team.
10 – A Collaborative Team Player
When it comes to quality accounting, there are no lone wolfs. As mentioned above, a truly exceptional accountant will be able to collaborate well with others and work fluently with individuals from other departments in order to deliver the best possible standard of service to your clients. If you don’t work well with others and you want to succeed in accounting, then you’re going to have to learn to play nicely with others.
Best of luck!
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