Bookkeeping a skill needed in a variety of jobs

For anyone who has been looking for an Administrative Assistant, Administrator, Office Manager or similar clerical job, it is all common to see a requirement for bookkeeping knowledge. The roles will generally have an element of bookkeeping included, but will not be a role for bookkeepers.

Therefore, developing bookkeeping skills is an important attribute to making you more job ready. In this job market, it is especially important that you make yourself as attractive to employers as you can.

What is a Bookkeeper

People, who have never worked in bookkeeping, often misconceive the realities of the role. Bookkeeping or book-keeping is the process by which an organisation’s financial transactions are recorded in the company ledger (accounting system).
 
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This process happens in all types of organisations, if they have accounts and financial transactions. It does not means that bookkeeping only occurs in a business.

Bookkeeping will enable to us keep a record of what we have bought and sold, as well as our bills.  

These financial transactions will be added up by the Accountants. They will then check them and publish them as financial accounts. Bookkeepers are not likely to be involved in the high level accounts; they will focus on the inputting of data into the accounting system.


Bookkeeping will usually involve a double-entry accounting system. In this methodology, each recorded financial transaction will have a Debit and a Credit side. This methodology is easy once you have spent some time practicing it, but you will need to take a Bookkeeping Course in order to learn this concept.

Bookkeepers do not require a degree or an accountancy qualification. Most bookkeepers will take a bookkeeping training course, in order to gain experience.
 
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What skills do you need to be a good bookkeeper.

·       You need a head for numbers. Strong numeric skills and the ability to digest numbers in spreadsheets and other forms.

·       You need a keen attention to detail. You need to avoid making errors, so being careful and accurate is important.

·       Be a fast learner and good at adapting. Accounting packages are constantly updated, so you’ll need to keep up with these changes.

·       Be able to meet deadlines and organise your work to meet this schedule.

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