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Top 35 Finance Job Skills

090304search_finance_skills1Finance jobs still rely on the basics – GAAP, general ledger, spreadsheets, accounts receivable and tax reporting – according to research we released earlier this week to support a story Tracking Finance Jobs in a Bear Market.

But the hottest finance skills in this bear of all bear markets? Business valuations, value added analysis, fixed asset accounting, mergers and acquisitions, tax planning and bank reconciliations. Those skills topped the list of qualifications that saw a surge in demand from September to January among jobs posted on TheLadders FinanceLadder site. Jobs that required experience in business valuation and value-added analysis rose more than 100 percent. For other skills on the Top 35 Finance Skills, it was less about rising than declining at a slower pace than the rest of the pack.

If you’re looking for a common theme, several recruiters our reporters many of the most sought-after skills – Mergers and acquisition experience, budget management and portfolio management – bring revenue to table or impact the bottom line.

What businesses need more than anything else right now is to make money, said Harold Laslo, a staffing specialist at Aldan Troy Group, a recruitment firm in New York that focuses on finance.

“Sales roles, IT roles — anyone who can be a revenue producer, particularly if they have a book of business to bring from a company that went out of business — anyone who can create revenue and be up and running when they land is a good candidate.”

“Companies are very bottom-line focused right now,” Mark Viego, vice president of the Management Resources division of Menlo Park, Calif.-based recruiting giant Robert Half International. “So the advice I would give is to highlight (on your resume or elsewhere) everything you’ve done that had any kind of bottom-line impact, whether that means increasing revenue or cutting costs.”

Where do your skills stack up on our list?

Top 35 Finance Skills

1. Business valuations

2. Value added analysis

3. Fixed asset accounting

4. Mergers and acquisitions

5. Tax planning

6. Bank reconciliations

7. Benefits administration

8. Cash flow management

9. Regulatory accounting

10. Tax reporting

11. Accounts Receivable (A/R)

12. Spreadsheets

13. General ledger

14. Trial balance

15. GAAP

16. Budget management

17. A/P

18. Financial statements

19. Hyperion

20. Audits and compliance

21. CPA

22. SAP

23. Portfolio management

24. Payroll

25. Risk management

26. MBA

27. Crystal reports

28. Financial projections

29. Business process reengineering

30. Expense analysis

31. MS Excel

32. P&L management

33. CFA

34. Financial and strategic planning

35. Data warehouse reporting

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One comment for “Top 35 Finance Job Skills”

  1. I have recently completed my BBA course and want to pursue a career in finance.
    Please advise what shall I do next.

    Thank you for your advice.

    Best regards,

    Posted by Hareram | May 26, 2011, 6:01 am

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