Skills Articles

  • The Audit Advantage Series
    Welcome to a brand new professional development series, created, crafted and customised to the needs of the audit professional.
  • The internal audit function remains as relevant in today’s market as it ever has, in fact perhaps even more so in light of incoming regulations and directives such as the EU GDPR.
  • The best teams are synergistic; that is their whole is greater than the sum of their parts.
  • Nobody likes receiving criticism; most of us baulk at giving it, and some of us find it hard to convey, or accept, even the positive variety.
  • Starting out in a new job can be tough, especially when it seems as though everyone is speaking a foreign language. Those in the know volley learned terminologies and abbreviations at each other while you unsuccessfully play the proverbial piggy in the middle.
  • I've been writing about time management for many years now. In fact, it was one of the very first topics on which I was consulted as a coach to the perpetually busy, audit and accountancy profession.
  • Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that as an auditor we do want to do the best job possible. We can make a glut of resolutions in January to develop our career, put in more effort, and change habits from those of apathy to determination but sometime around mid-March those resolutions can defl...
  • Leadership theory is prolific with models, styles and types. While you don't need to know all the detail, it can be helpful to understand where your own line manager sits on the continuum so you can flex your own approach accordingly.
  • As an external auditor, your main client is the company that you are auditing, primarily because they are the ones who pay for the audit. However, your work also benefits the shareholders and the general public who have an interest in the company’s financial records. It is part of your job to ens...
  • The mounting pressures on modern business are leading many organisations to improve their risk management and compliance functions. This article explains the current need for GRC and the implementation of GRC can greatly beneft you and your organisation.
  • No matter what careers in quality assurance you may decide to pursue in your lifetime, this article lists the top factors which are essential to succeeding as an audit and compliance professional.
  • The main aim of a covering letter is to encourage recruiters to read your CV. However, it needs to do a lot more than say, 'Here is my CV!'. In short, it is the biggest chance you have to sell yourself.
  • Creating a rapport means to create an intense harmonious accord with another person. In essence it is the ability to make someone feel an emotional affinity with you, to feel at ease.
  • In this article, we explore what is actually meant by coaching in its many guises, what makes it special and how it can benefit organisations and individuals within the audit profession.
  • The venerable Audit Team. Ahhh I remember it well. From runner to senior manager, those halcyon days of being part of a congenial self-contained unit, snug in the bosom of a second family.
  • Our top 10 interview tips to help you land the audit job you want.
  • Make no mistake. Communication skills matter. They underpin all our auditing activities from eliciting information to explaining our findings to presenting meaningful deliverables.
  • Listening, interrogating, understanding, translating, feeding back: whichever way you look at it, good two-way communication is critical for the auditor.
  • Like it or not managing multiple projects is inescapable; it’s a life skill not just a business skill. From student or junior trainee right up to manager, partner or parent, there will always be, at any one time, at least, one area of our work or life in general where we are juggling more than on...
  • If you want a leg up on the other candidates when you’re on a job hunt, your best bet is to fine tune your experience and skills so that you offer the skills that hiring managers want.