These are some of the characteristics that companies
are looking for
in their credit manager:
Professionalism. This would include technical skill and
expertise in the field, as well as a commitment to continuing
A strong work ethic.
A positive attitude. Remember that no one wants to work
with a "sad sack".
Excellent communication and public speaking skills. Please
recognize that all managers are evaluated in part on their
communications skills, but in the credit department where
success depends in part on the credit manager's ability
to discuss, explain and negotiate with customers and others,
strong communications skills are essential.
Motivational skills. A successful credit manager is one
that can motivate subordinates to consistently provide superior
Appearance. Like it or not, appearance counts. Many American
companies have adopted a "business casual" dress
code, but the key here is moderation.
Submitted by Joanne Dunn. Joanne Dunn is a recruiter specializing exclusively
in the placement of credit and collection professionals. She can be reached
at 310. 471-5991.