205 Longboat Dr
Springfield, MI, 45321
May 4, 2014
Human Resources Manager
Sam & Associates LLP
Lansing, MI, 54321
I obtained your contact information the Sam & Associates LLP job posting on LinkedIn and I wanted to express my interest in the Staff Accountant position. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a minor in Business this past April from the University of Michigan. I graduated with honors and qualify to take the CPA exam with my 150 undergraduate credit hours.
I have two years of accounting experience acquired through my internship with Grant Thornton LLP where I used my analytical skills to improve cost saving strategies within the company; saving them thousands of dollars over the course of the year. My experience at Grant Thornton has developed my communication skills and has proven my ability to be a quick-learner and adaptor when placed in a fast-paced work environment.
I am confident that the combination of my work experience and educational background has adequately prepared me for making a strong contribution to Sam & Associates LLP. My prior internship experience has shown me the value of professionalism and has equipped me with the knowledge and work ethic required for long-term success in the field.
Please call me at (345)123-5555 or e-mail me at JoeSirenity@googlemail.com to arrange a convenient time to further discuss my background in relation to the company’s needs. Thank you for your time and consideration, I look forward to hearing from you.
This cover letter is a good example for recent graduates who have majored in accounting. If you see a job posting and don’t know the recipient’s name you could say “Dear Sir or Madame,” as well. Make sure to mention specific skills/experience you think are relative to the job. This is your “attention grabbing” letter, if they like what they see on your cover letter then chances are they’ll read over your resume as well. The goal of your cover letter is to get the reader interested in you and what you have to offer.
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN WRITING AN ACCOUNTING COVER LETTER:
The key with this type of cover letter is to demonstrate your specific accounting experience and why you are the best choice for the position. This is your personal introduction and your chance to grab your potential employers attention.
Key points to remember:
- Include your contact information at the top of the page as well as the company’s info your sending the cover letter to (if you have it).
- Keep it short, simple, and direct – no more than four paragraphs.
- First paragraph explains WHY you are contacting them and introduces yourself.
- Second paragraph explains your experience that qualifies you for the job or something important you did at your last job, give specific examples (ex. Joe mentions he saved Grant Thornton LLP thousands of dollars during his internship).
- Third paragraph (optional) expands on your qualifications, providing specific examples (ex. Joe mentions professionalism).
- Last paragraph includes contact information and asks to set up an interview or meeting time.
This sample resume is part of the InternationalStudent.com Resume Writing Center.
Accounting cover letter example
This example cover letter for accountants is strong because it sticks to cover letter best practice. It is less than a page and within the optimum word limit. The details are correct and titles specific, which indicates that this candidate has done their research and checked their facts. The most impressive skills and experience from the candidate’s resume have been included, without the document having been simply repeated.
This cover letter is also strong because it exhibits personality, ambition and passion. The candidate has detailed why he wants to work at this company, and why he is best suited for the role. The format is neat, with each idea or point broken into its own short paragraph. The sign off is courteous and the employer is thanked for his time. The candidate’s personal details are available in full and easy to read should the employer want to contact the candidate.
The way in which you write and communicate key messages in your accounting cover letter is just as important as the actual experience and content you include, so make sure yours is suitably formatted, neat and easy to read for every role you apply for.
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