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How to Write an Accountant Cover Letter

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By Ho Lin 3 minute read

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The entire world turns to accountants like you, for help in the management of finances. An accountant’s competency can help transform a small business into a large successful venture so it’s no surprise that the accountant hiring process must be handled carefully and thoroughly. But you’ve got this. You are ready to apply for your accounting dream job.

An accountant is recognized as a vital professional in the business world that can efficiently record, analyze, and report one’s financial status through tax preparation, financial statements, and simply following the money, maintaining stability, maximizing success, and forecasting risk. Now take your reporting experience and accuracy with details to create a winning accounting cover letter.

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Accounting Cover Letter Sample

Accounting Cover Letter

How to Write an Accounting Cover Letter

When you put together your accountant cover letter, it has to immediately demonstrate that you have the background and education for being entrusted with an entity’s financial status. It has to grab the reader’s attention, giving them no choice but to give the resume a thorough review and proving you deserve the interview.

Besides career intentions and qualifications, the accountant cover letter should show your enthusiasm and ability to communicate well. The resume is going to be a clinical history of your experiences. So the cover letter is really your first chance to let hiring managers see you. Implemented program, saving East European clients almost three percent in revenues leading to a bonus from a client that year. While employed at Jennings, I implemented a program that saved clients in our East European office almost three percent in revenues. This led to at least one client giving Jennings a substantial bonus that year. The first is the version that would appear on the resume. The second is the version that might end up in the accountant’s cover letter. The difference is obvious: the second version is personalized. Here, you can go beyond details. In resumes, you don’t use I, you, we, he, us, etc.

The cover letter is a great way to introduce yourself in an informal, albeit professional, manner. Avoid reiterating what’s in the resume. You don’t want to give the hiring manager so much information that they can decide right off they don’t need to look at the resume. Mention experiences thatthey match the job description and elaborate on them in ways that cannot be done in the resume. During the last economic downturn, my employer gave me a team of junior accountants for the express purpose of monitoring the Euro as almost 65 percent of our revenue came from there. Over the following year, the team and I found ways to increase company profits in Europe when many companies saw revenue drop by at least two percent.

As with any materials submitted to a hiring manager, brevity is the keyword for a cover letter. Only highlight one or two prominent accomplishments. Give hiring managers an outline of skills that relate to both accounting in general and the position you’re interested in. Treat content like the trailer to next summer’s blockbuster movie, which is your resume. Give hiring managers every reason to want more, making the argument you are the best candidate.

The accountant cover letter is your introduction. Before writing a single word, think about how you want anyone that reads it to see you as a person and not merely as a candidate, and write accordingly. Be concise, be honest and be enthusiastic. Let the resume convince hiring managers you deserve the interview. Use the cover letter to convince them to take a closer look at the resume.

How to Structure and Format an Accounting Cover Letter

When you consider the number of accountant cover letters that a finance department hiring manager receives for a job opening, you can imagine that each and every accountant cover letter cannot be read from top to bottom. In fact, the manager probably only reads the first few paragraphs. That is why it’s important for your cover letter to grab the attention of the reader. You need the finance department manager to be immediately impressed by your accomplishments and qualifications and continue reading.

Well, just as an accountant like you will itemize the data in an accounting ledger, an accountant cover letter itemizes your personal data. In other words, you are actually “itemizing” your career highlights by following a suggested layout.

How to structure an accounting cover letter?

The most effective cover letters are well-organized and easy to follow.

Here’s how to structure a cover letter:

Introductory paragraph

1–2 body paragraphs


Set margins to 1”.

Use Arial or Cambria font.

Choose 11pt or 12 pt font size.

What information should you include on an accounting cover letter?

Your personal contact information

Employer’s address

Proper greeting/salutation

A “wow” introductory statement

A “stand out from the crowd” reason why you’re the right addition to the finance department.

Explain why this accounting position is ideal for you.

Closing paragraph thanks the hiring manager for their time and includes a call-to-action to set up a meeting.

Complimentary close with, “Sincerely,” and your first name, last name, and email address.

By following these basic guidelines on how to structure and format your accounting cover letter, you are giving yourself an outstanding chance to impress the accounting hiring manager and get noticed.

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Ho Lin is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and editor with two decades of experience in content strategy, creation, and development. He holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University and his background includes experience aiding military veterans as they transition to civilian careers.

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