You've probably heard the saying "money makes the world go round." That's especially true for many businesses and financial establishments. But for companies to meet their financial goals, they must have a smart approach to managing money and financial data. That's where finance jobs come in. Most financial professionals are skilled, college-educated job seekers.
As a financial professional, you'll help businesses and individuals develop smart financial plans, track and analyze financial data, and help clients meet revenue goals. Businesses will always have a need for financial professionals. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates finance job growth of 5% over the next 10 years.
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Most jobs in finance require at least a bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, economics, business, mathematics, statistics, or a related field. Some credentials differ by job type. For example, employers hiring financial analysts often prefer candidates who have a master's degree and/or Chartered Financial Analyst certification. Accountants usually don't need any special certification unless they work as certified public accountants (CPAs). You can get certified as a CPA after passing the Uniform CPA Exam at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Finance employers typically look for candidates who have the following skills and qualities:
You can get an idea of what a finance job looks like by reading Monster's finance manager job description.
Before you begin applying for finance positions, make sure that your resume is up to date. Finance employers prefer to hire candidates who know how to solve financial problems and help companies meet their goals. Make these skills and accomplishments front and center on your resume. If you're not sure where to begin, we have resume tips for finance and accounting professionals, as well as a sample for financial analysts. These guides will show you how to write and format a resume that gets results.
Most finance employers will also ask for a one-page cover letter. Even if you have no experience writing cover letters, Monster can help you create a strong final draft. You can use our financial analyst cover letter sample as a guide.
So, you got an interview scheduled with a potential employer. Now what? When you meet with an employer for an interview, they'll want to ensure that they hire someone who has the right skills and is culturally a good fit for the company. Some interview questions can throw interviewees off. But don't worry—Monster can help you prepare. See our full list of articles about job interview questions and advice for how to create smart answers that demonstrate your competency.
Are you curious about what type of salary you can expect to earn in a finance job? It varies by job type, experience level, and location. Financial analysts in the U.S. earn a median yearly salary of $68,161. General accountants make about $55,899 per year. You can see for yourself by entering your job type and location into Monster's Salary Tools. Additionally, you'll find out which cities are hiring the most financial professionals, the top finance job postings, and steps you can take to move forward in your career.
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