Effective Accounting Cover Letter Sample

Cover letter tips for finance professionals

If you’re looking for a job in finance, a dynamic cover letter will boost your candidacy.

If you’re searching for a finance job or want to be prepared just in case, you will need a dynamic cover letter to grab the hiring managers’ attention. Follow the advice of these career experts to make sure your letter measures up.

Quickly state your case

Judy Friedler, principal of CareerPro International and a specialist in career marketing for finance professionals, recommends leading with a summary of your experience and expertise. “The summary should encapsulate your core competencies and level of experience in the finance field,” she says.

Friedler offers the following example: “I am a financial analyst with 12 years of experience and the proven ability to increase profits, minimize financial risk and strengthen market positions through the use of financial analytics.”

Avoid the standard opening of “I am responding to your ad,” says Don Goodman, president of Financial Resume Pros, a resume-writing firm serving finance professionals. “Capture their attention in the first sentence by indicating what you can do for them.”

Goodman suggests incorporating a high-impact cover letter opener, such as: “Shortening the closing cycle, improving cash flow, reducing variances against budget and increasing customer satisfaction are what I do best.”

Follow with bulleted accomplishments that relate to the position you are applying for and illustrate your value. “Though it is hard to generalize, key areas of concern are relevant across the financial services arena, such as cost containment, product delivery and risk mitigation,” Friedler says.

Speak to the employer’s needs

Goodman suggests addressing the employer’s specific issues. “If you know the employer has just opened a new plant and needs a controller, then that is what you should focus on,” he says. Emphasize how your skills and experience would benefit the employer and what you would accomplish if you got the job.

Brian Carlson, CPA and partner at Bloomington, Minnesota-based Ambrion, a search firm specializing in accounting and finance professionals, advises job seekers to provide concrete, quantifiable examples of accomplishments. “For instance, instead of saying ‘I saved the company time and money by streamlining month-end close procedures,’ [a better example would be] ‘I cut the company month-end close from 10 days to six days, which freed up 160 hours in our department and saved $50,000 per month,’” he says.

Friedler says that by providing examples of your impact on prior organizations, potential employers will realize your value and will want to interview you.

Add industry keywords

When cover letters and resumes are entered into a database, a search filter often ranks applicants based on keyword density. “The more relevant keywords you have, the better,” Goodman says. “Of course, sentences should make sense and not be contrived just to increase the number of keywords in the documents.”

Keywords are also important for human reviewers to see, because they show you are well-versed in industry terminology.

You can cull important keywords from job ads. Review job descriptions for your desired position, and look for skills, certifications, education and other commonly requested qualifications.

For example, a tax accountant might incorporate keywords such as CPA, GAAP compliance and tax audits, whereas a financial analyst might incorporate business modeling, financial analysis and forecasting. “The keywords don’t need to be in list format like they would be on a resume, but rather incorporated in a description of your background or accomplishments,” Friedler says.

Avoid the dreaded trash bin

Carlson, whose firm averages about 50 job requisitions daily, stresses the importance of proofreading. “Have someone review your cover letter, because spelling and grammar mistakes could get you thrown out of the process before the manager even reviews your resume,” he says.

Goodman agrees. “Misspellings and bad grammar are big faux pas,” he says. “Also, the letter must be professional -- don’t say anything negative about previous employers and avoid revealing personal information that’s irrelevant to the job.”

Brevity is also important -- the days of lengthy cover letters (even for finance executives) are long gone. “Keep it to one page -- any more than that will not be read anyway,” Carlson says.

Although cover letters are not always read and may take a backseat to the resume, they are read often enough that it’s wise to put some serious effort into them.

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These professionally written cover letter samples are designed specifically for the professions of Accountant, Bookkeeper and CPA. View all cover letter samples to learn how to improve your own. Feel free to download as many samples as you like and leave questions in the comments below if you need help from our professionals.

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Table Of Contents:

  1. Accountant
  2. Bookkeeper
  3. Business Analyst
  4. CPA

Both of the letters on this page follow the template outlined in our cover letter writing guide.

SEE ALSO > How to Write an Excellent Resume

Accountant Cover Letter

The cover letters below are based on the resume to the left. It’s important to note that this industry is broad and encompasses many different jobs, ranging from auditors and tax advisers to forensic accountants and financial examiners. The goal of your cover letter is to target your unique experience or area of expertise.

So keep in mind that the contents of your letter will likely differ from our samples. For instance, if you have any cover letter red flags, such as a previous termination, layoff, or gaps in employment, you may have to plan for these in your cover letter.

Use the downloadable samples below as a guide to help you write your own cover letter:


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Accounting CL Template Pack

 

HR Manager

Company Name

Company Address

Date

With great willingness, I am applying for the position of POSITION which was advertised on the (COMPANY NAME) website. I believe that my education, skill-set, and experience make me a suitable candidate for this vacancy.

I am a highly organized and self-driven individual, passionate about developing my career in the field of Accounting as a Corporate Banker. My commitment can be gauged from the fact that I am an accredited holder of a MBA degree with finance as specialization from Poloma College.

Possessing more than 5 years of experience of working in diverse financial positions with multiple companies, I have gained an extensive insight within this field. My key competencies include, but are not limited to, maintaining financial records, managing budgets, risk assessments and business strategy reviews.

In my current position with Langford Partnership where I work in the capacity of Financial Analyst, I am responsible for leading a team of 5 and carrying out a wide range of commercial processes. During the course of my career, I have gained a specialist’s understanding of financial instruments and accounting software and have also been effective in explaining complex information in a comprehensible manner.

As a Certified Public Accountant, I am an accomplished communicator, with excellent organizational, decision making, and time management skills and have a proven track record of consistently meeting and regularly surpassing demanding performance goals.

Proactive, innovative and highly influential, I am seeking a challenging but rewarding position, which is why I was naturally drawn to this exciting opportunity.

Yours sincerely,

Name

Address

T: Phone number

E: email address

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Bookkeeper Cover Letter

This Bookkeeper cover letter is based on the matching professionally written resume (click to view)

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Bookkeeper CL Template Pack

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(Manager’s Name)

HR Manager

Company Name

Company Address

Date

Dear Mr. /Mrs. /Ms. (Manager’s Name)

With reference to the advertisement on your website this week, I wish to apply for the role of Bookkeeper at your company.

As an analytical and dynamic individual who has a proven history of exceeding expectations through performance, I believe I would be able to participate and impact considerably tthe ongoing operational success of your company. Some of the key talents I can bring include streamlining payment systems, reducing turnover in receivables, and improving the efficiency of invoicing.

My present employment at Franklin & Rodgers Business Solutions as a General Bookkeeper has helped me to develop my abilities in key commercial areas such as financial calculations, formulating invoices, and correcting spreadsheet errors.

I can combine my effective communication skills with functional knowledge to identify opportunities and deliver a satisfactory outcome while working alone or as a part of a larger team. You will find me as someone who can tackle all requisite responsibilities including administrative and customer service duties. 

I have enclosed my resume for your review and would be thankful for an opportunity to meet with you in the near future to discuss what I can contribute.

Sincerely,

Name

Address

T: Phone number

E: email address


Business Analyst Cover Letter

The cover letters below are based on the flight attendant resume example on the left. Click on the image to get tips on how to write a resume that supports your cover letter.

The business analyst cover letter below outlines their current job duties that relate to the position they are applying for. Avoid just listing your day-to-day responsibilities, and instead target responsibilities that are listed in the employer’s job description. Download the template pack below and choose your favorite style — Park, Elegant, or Classic. Use the examples to help you format your own cover letter.

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Business Analyst CL Template Pack

[Today’s Date]

[341 Company Address

Company City, State, xxxxx

(xxx)xxx-xxxx

hiring.manager@gmail.com]

Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. [Hiring Manager’s Name],

I’m excited to be writing to you regarding the business analyst position advertised on (Website’s Name).  With over 5 years of experience supporting business solution software and analyzing business operations, I believe that I am a perfect fit for this role.

As part of my current role as a business analyst at TECCO, I analyze client’s business requirements and processes through document analysis, interviews, workshops, and workflow analysis. Using my knowledge of SQL, I further support our clients systems by conducting 5+ levels of testing including functional, regression, user acceptance, integration and performance. During my tenure with TECCO I have gained valuable knowledge of customer service, EDI standards, and risk analysis.

Among my peers, I am regarded as an analytical crackerjack with expert problem-solving skills. Furthermore, I have a proven track record of translating stakeholder requirements into tangible deliverables that exceed expectations.

My resume is enclosed, and will give you further insight into my skill sets, accomplishments, and experience in this sector. I look forward to discussing my application with you further. I appreciate your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]


CPA Cover Letter

The below CPA cover letter sample is based off of this CPA resume sample.

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(Manager’s Name)

HR Manager

Company Name

Company Address

Date

Dear Mr. /Mrs. /Ms. (Manager’s Name)

Please accept my application for the position of Certified Public Accountant, as advertised in the website’s name website on Date.

As a Senior Audit Associate with Pricewaterhousecoopers, I have displayed an ability to drive out inefficiencies through process improvement and assist in the maintenance and development of financial systems and procedures. Furthermore, I have successfully performed risk assessment, data analytics, and financial review for over 20 projects.

Previously working as a Financial Analyst Intern with Uncle Chen’s Restaurant LLC, I assimilated extensive knowledge of and insights into accountancy and various financial processes including budgeting, purchase orders and accounts reconciliation.

Proactive, innovative and highly influential, I am seeking a challenging but rewarding position, which is why I was naturally drawn to this exciting opportunity.

I hope to discuss my eligibility for the role further with you in the future.

Sincerely,

Name

Address

T: Phone number

E: email address

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