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accountant Skills for 2020

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What does an accountant do?

Accountants prepare and analyze financial data for individual clients and corporations.

Their goal is to make sure finances are properly recorded and to verify that all financial practices are lawful and compliant. Accountants must communicate their analyses and observations with their client or employer.


accountant Skills Summary

Successful accountants have a range of hard skills in finance and policies as well as soft skills related to communication and integrity. A combination of these types of skills is important to clients working with a well-rounded accountant.

The best accountants have skills like accounting, finance, general ledger, reporting, Excel, audit, policies, and more on their Linkedin profiles and resumes. Full report below.

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Hard Skills

Hard skills are typically learned through education or work experience, such as proficiency with specific tools, software or specialized processes.

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Top accountant Skills Overall

The most common hard skills found across accountant job descriptions.

accounting
100
finance
48
general ledger
43
journal entries
42
reporting
41
excel
37
tax
35
financial statements
33
audit
29
policies
28
High Impact

Hard to Find accountant Skills

Hard skills frequently found in the job descriptions that are less likely to appear in accountant LinkedIn profiles or resumes.

public accounting
100
analytical skills
82
license
76
generally accepted accounting principles
75
analytical
75
accounting principles
75
reconcile
66
hiring
60
policies
57
recruiting
52
Low Impact

Easy to Find accountant Skills

Hard skills that are most likely to appear in both the job descriptions and LinkedIn profiles or resumes.

quickbooks
100
financial accounting
72
business administration
70
https
65
income tax
63
tax returns
54
SAP
52
cash flow
52
ERP
50
ms excel
49

Soft Skills

Soft skills are harder-to-measure interpersonal "people" skills important for leadership or collaborative environments.

attention to detail vision proficient written communication detail oriented work independently communication skills integrity flexible interpersonal skills

About this report

Jobscan helps job seekers tailor their resumes and LinkedIn profiles for each job opportunity through personalized skill and keyword matching, among other checks.

Our data science team analyzed over 100,000 unique Jobscan user resumes in addition to 8 million job postings from last year to identify the most common keywords and highest impact skills for Accountants.

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