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The skills required to get ahead in 2013

Monday December 17th, 2012

Gill Kelly, Associate Director of CIPFA Recruitment Services discusses the employment skills required to adapt in the current economic climate…

We are experiencing the deepest cuts to public spending in living memory and despite the economy being officially out of recession, the public sector continues to make redundancies. People now need to have a broader understanding of the roles in their workplace in order to survive.

Gill Kelly

Gill Kelly

Although flexibility is important in any job, it becomes even more important in a crowded job space. Candidates need to be able to demonstrate that they can adapt to change, manage responsibility and quickly become a vital part of any team from day one.

The prospect of more streamlined environments brings with it the need to have better managed information in order to help monitor the use of public resources and improve decision-making. It is also important for non-finance staff to have an understanding of the finance function of their organisation, especially those staff in managerial roles.

Public sector candidates will need to have a more commercial mindset and become more customer focused. In the finance function especially, accountants need to be seen not just as accountants but also as business advisors. In this vein, candidates will need to be able to present information in a way that is understandable outside of the finance department and throughout the organisation.

Enhanced leadership skills are also required and leadership will need to be innovative in order to ensure services are maintained and delivered as effectively and efficiently as possible.

At a more senior level, candidates need to have a good track record on delivery. When moving in to a new organisation employers are keen to ensure that there will be as little disruption as possible to day-to-day operations and that the appointed individual will hit the ground running.

In both preparing for a new position and in becoming better at a current job, candidates should maintain an awareness of emerging trends and legislation affecting key fields, flick through trade publications and keep an eye on websites.

These points can be applied across the public sector, private sector and beyond and can better equip all candidates to take advantage of whatever opportunities arise in 2013.


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