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We all know it’s important
to list technical skills…
…but finance sector employers are
increasingly looking for candidates
with interpersonal abilities known
as ‘soft skills’
1. Communication
An aptitude in finance won’t get you far
if you can’t explain your calculations
2. Negotiation
Being able to reach an agreement that
benefits all parties will put you ahead
in any financial enterprise
3. Influencing
Being prepared to explain how your
objectives are mutually beneficial
and anticipate objections is essential
4. Critical Thinking
Customers and clients will look to you
to rationally evaluate a scenario. Being
able to make critical...
5. Flexibility
Flexible employees are: Capable of
weathering change, staying productive
in high pressure situations and
un...
6. Resilience
The ability to bounce back after facing
adversity. Having confidence in your
ability to deliver will demonst...
7. Collaboration
70% of CFOs consider collaboration
their top priority for 2017. Someone
who approaches group-working with...
8. Problem Solving
Those who excel at problem solving
can really drive an organisation forward
and earn the respect of the...
9. Dedication
Discipline, hard work and acceptance of
delayed gratification are key ingredients
in developing a dedicated ...
10. Empathy
This should never be undervalued in
finance. In displaying understanding,
finance professionals can build
rela...
For more expert advice...
Visit the Finance Hub
reedglobal.com/financehub
Top 10 soft skills for finance professionals
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Finance employers are increasingly looking for candidates with great soft skills. Demonstrating these 10 characteristics can really help you land your next role and prove your value in the workplace.

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Top 10 soft skills for finance professionals

  1. 1. We all know it’s important to list technical skills…
  2. 2. …but finance sector employers are increasingly looking for candidates with interpersonal abilities known as ‘soft skills’
  3. 3. 1. Communication An aptitude in finance won’t get you far if you can’t explain your calculations
  4. 4. 2. Negotiation Being able to reach an agreement that benefits all parties will put you ahead in any financial enterprise
  5. 5. 3. Influencing Being prepared to explain how your objectives are mutually beneficial and anticipate objections is essential
  6. 6. 4. Critical Thinking Customers and clients will look to you to rationally evaluate a scenario. Being able to make critically-informed choices is crucial
  7. 7. 5. Flexibility Flexible employees are: Capable of weathering change, staying productive in high pressure situations and understanding the motivations of others
  8. 8. 6. Resilience The ability to bounce back after facing adversity. Having confidence in your ability to deliver will demonstrate this
  9. 9. 7. Collaboration 70% of CFOs consider collaboration their top priority for 2017. Someone who approaches group-working with an open mind will benefit any team
  10. 10. 8. Problem Solving Those who excel at problem solving can really drive an organisation forward and earn the respect of their colleagues
  11. 11. 9. Dedication Discipline, hard work and acceptance of delayed gratification are key ingredients in developing a dedicated mindset
  12. 12. 10. Empathy This should never be undervalued in finance. In displaying understanding, finance professionals can build relationships with their co-workers and clients
  13. 13. For more expert advice... Visit the Finance Hub reedglobal.com/financehub

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