accounting clerk job description
In your role as an Accounting Clerk, you may:
- calculate, prepare and process bills, invoices, inventory reports, account statements, purchase orders, payroll and other financial statements using computerized and manual systems
- code, total, batch, enter, verify and reconcile transactions like accounts payable and receivable
- compile data for budgets and reports, keep track of costs
- respond to customer inquiries
- perform related clerical duties like word processing, filing, faxing and photocopying
Recently, employment opportunities for Accounting Clerks have increased as accounting activities have become more computerized and economies change. More organizations are using more advanced accounting software so that the roles historically performed by accountants can now done by Accounting Clerks who have technical skills. Many companies are now combining roles and diversifying tasks for employees in your position. Opportunities arise internally due to retirements and promotions. Gaining experience, honing your skills and continuous learning can help you advance to positions like Accounts Payable Clerk, Accountant, Payroll & Benefits Administrator and other financial supervisory and managerial roles.
A successful Accounting Clerk needs:
- math skills and familiarity with basic accounting principles
- attention to detail and problem solving
- ethical standards and professionalism
- computer and technology skills
- good people skills
- good communication skills
- flexibility and willingness to perform a variety of support tasks
The role of Accounting Clerk is largely an entry-level position with lots of opportunity for growth and advancement. It’s a great way to get your foot in the door. You need at least a high school diploma and most employers require successful completion of a diploma program from an accredited vocational institution, with an emphasis on administration, accounting, secretarial studies and office system technology. According to Service Canada, employers favor graduates with a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) in accounting and management technology fare better than those with other diplomas.
Though many entry-level positions offer on-the-job training, proficiency in office productivity and accounting software is the key to being hired for better-paying jobs.
French and English fluency is a plus.
Randstad’s clients are looking for Accounting Clerks with your experience. Contact us to find an Accounting Clerk position that adds up!
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