Accountants: unlock the power of your transferable skills

Do you have transferable skills?

They may be referred to as ‘soft skills’ but according to a report by Deloitte, by 2030 transferable skills will account for two thirds of all jobs. 

So, what are your transferable skills, how can you unearth them, demonstrate them and use them to your advantage within your job search? 

Whether you’re looking for a new job or a complete change of career, transferable skills are the key to persuading employers that you’re the best person for job – particularly if you don’t quite match in terms of qualifications and experience. Your transferable skills can bridge that gap.

Employers recognise that your ‘soft skills’ are highly valuable to them – communication, creative thinking and leadership are very much in demand. So too are motivation, negotiation and emotional judgment. Adaptability, multi-tasking and relationship building will also be on employers list of requirements – even if they are never mentioned in the job ad!

But what might your transferable skills look like?

As an accountant, there are certain transferable skills which can move you from ordinary to outstanding in the eyes of a potential employer:

  • Critical thinking
  • Writing skills
  • Time management 
  • Communication 
  • Attention to detail
  • Business acumen 
  • Planning
  • Adaptability
  • Computer skills

You don’t need a qualification in these skills, and you don’t even need to have applied them in a work situation. You just need to recognise them, highlight them and be able to provide examples of when you’ve been successful in using them. 

It’s a good idea to begin by taking a moment to think about your transferable skills. Write them down, then most importantly – apply a time when you have used these skills. If you’re a graduate, having a work experience example might be tricky. But think about your time of study, any sport teams or volunteer programmes you’re involved in or a home project you are proud of.

That way, when you get to interview stage, you’ll have a clear and rehearsed example of a particular skill. For example, if you’re asked about a time when you managed conflicting priorities, you can think back to your time management and problem-solving scenarios with confidence. 

And don’t be afraid to add your transferable skills to your CV. As long as they are relevant to the role you are applying for, you can use them in the skills section and professional summary. 

Use them on your LinkedIn profile too. According to LinkedIn, 87% of hirers agree that a candidates skills list is crucial for them in the vetting process. 

If you’re searching for a job within accountancy and you’d like some help, Public Practice Recruitment Ltd can offer practical, honest and expert advice to support your career. 

“Garry was really helpful from the start. He was able to organise numerous interviews in quick succession, his communication was faultless, and he managed to sort out all the queries I had, no matter how minor.” A satisfied candidate!

Call Garry today on 03335 777 787 or email


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