Complete Guide toWriting an Accounting Job Cover Letter

TSA (Transportation Security Administration) - Springfield, VA 3.1

In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation…

$106,362 - $164,856 a year
Revenew International, LLC - Remote 4.5

The reviewer will be responsible for reviewing and pulling invoices from our client system, evaluating to determine if all documentation is present for that…

$25 - $30 an hour
Belcan Government Services - Sterling, VA 

New office in Sept in Sterling 100% remote work until then. Follow proper accounting principles, policy and methodology.

$70,000 - $77,000 a year
Dulles Plumbing Group, Inc. - Ashburn, VA 3.0

Process vendor and supplier invoices/payments, data entry to correct general ledger account coding, matching invoices to appropriate authorizing documents,…

$45,000 - $65,000 a year
Clearly Amazing - Sterling, VA 3.0

Maintain general ledgers and sub-ledgers (i.e. Prepaids & Accruals, Debt), oversee the GL account analysis, and prepare recurring and other journal entries.

$80,000 - $120,000 a year
Moon Shot Juice Co - Remote 

We are looking for a person that knows Quickbooks online software, to do accounts payable/ receivables, bill pay, payroll, billing and type estimates .

$19 - $20 an hour
VTG - Chantilly, VA 3.6

Review and work with PMs on approving all invoices prior to customer submission. Understand unbilled data, accounts receivable and accounts payable relative to…

Estimated: $69,000 - $90,000 a year
Optimum Staffing Solutions - Remote 

Experience in a manufacturing environment a plus. 2 years’ experience in Accounts Payable preferred. High School Diploma or equivalent.

$25 - $35 an hour
Tellus Solutions - Remote 4.1

Work closely with wholesaler chargeback team to manage in-process queue to ensure timely resolution of chargeback payments to the wholesalers.

$37.00 - $37.66 an hour
The NorthStar Group - Remote 

Processing accounts receivable and payable. Reconciling sales taxes, payroll taxes, 401k, and bank accounts at the end of each month.

$29,231 - $68,983 a year
Home Depot / THD - Atlanta, GA 3.7

Typically requires overnight travel less than 10% of the time. This position assists in the preparation of economic- and financial analysis and forecasts for…

$140,000 a year
Make-A-Wish Foundation of America - Remote 4.3

Prepare bank reconciliations and balance sheet reconciliations for review. Records journal entries for monthly financial activity.

Great Opportunities - Manassas, VA 

Assist in entering vendor invoices into the Accounts Payable system in a timely manner and ensure proper authorization and supporting documentation is received…

Organize To Scale - Remote 

This bookkeeping position would be responsible for creating and sending invoices; inputting bills and making payments to vendors; tracking and applying for…

$20 - $25 an hour
Starboard Group - Remote 

2-5 years of accounting experience. This position reports directly to the Assistant Controller. Preparation of Month-end Journal Entries.

$55,000 - $65,000 a year
Scott-Long Construction, Inc - Chantilly, VA 3.8

Perform direct cost entries to all jobs including safety, accounting and insurance allocations. Coordinate and review all account reconciliations with…

$114,352 - $124,402 a year
Stoke - Remote 4.3

Run reports from accounting software. Experience working in finance or accounting. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and proactively look for…

$20 - $25 an hour
UtiliSave LLC - Remote 

The role and responsibilities are traditional for the position and specifics will be discussed during the interview. Job Types: Full-time, Part-time Pay: $15…

$15 - $20 an hour

Complete Guide toWriting an Accounting Job Cover Letter

If you're looking for an accounting job, you'll need an effective cover letter. Check out this guide to writing an accounting job cover letter.

What is a cover letter?

A cover letter is a persuasive writing piece where you explain what is on your resume and tie it all together in a manner that persuades the hiring manager to talk with you more. This is your opportunity to speak directly to the hiring manager and tell them what they need to know.

In addition to a greeting, your contact information and a general expression of a desire to speak further, here is what you should include in a cover letter.

For an accounting position, you will want to include some discussion of your interest in finance and the professional skills and certifications that you possess. You will also want to discuss the various accounting roles that you have had at your previous companies and how this translates into financial skills. Given the subject matter of the position, you will want to cite numbers and metrics whenever you can.

Your cover letter will be different than an email insofar as you are methodically laying the groundwork for your case for the job. It should have a higher level of formality.

Researching a cover letter

Try to find several different examples of accounting cover letters, especially those that persuasively tie in previous financial experience to qualifications for this position. You will want to find cover letters that effectively cite accounting metrics. Look through the sample cover letters you find to figure out a template and format for you because, like anything related to accounting, logical order is important. Make sure that you apply the format to the specific position for which you are applying because employers will want to see some level of customization of your cover letter.

Writing your cover letter

When you write a cover letter, make sure that it is formatted correctly. As an accountant, you will be judged on attention to detail, and your cover letter should reflect that. Some helpful examples of your experience to add to the cover letter include the role that you played in the accounting process. Specifically, you should emphasize if you had a responsibility for certain processes or systems.

Formatting is a crucial issue in an accounting cover letter. Make sure that the margins are correct and that the paragraphs do not have disparate lengths. Also, make sure that you are not beginning every sentence with the word "I."

You should demonstrate some knowledge of the company's financial situation and show how your experience can help apply the current tax code to the company's best benefit. If you know something about how the company's operations work, find a skill that you have along with a personality attribute and demonstrate how you can aid that specific function. For example, if you are highly detail-oriented, show how you can help with reconciliations.

One of the worst things that you can do in a cover letter is to use a passive voice. You should have an active and strong voice without overdoing it. Your letter should get to the point and focus on your relevant attributes and achievements. The language that you use should leave no doubt as to who you are and why you are a strong candidate. All of the examples that you use should be specific, and general clichés should be avoided. For example, you should not say that you can help with financial systems. Instead, you should pick the specific name of the system, such as Quickbooks or Quicken, and explain what results your familiarity with this system will achieve at the company.

Proofread

Make sure that you read your cover letter several times to catch any and all typos or grammatical errors. A flawless cover letter will not get you the job, but an error-riddled one will lose it for you. Also, test every single sentence to make sure that it has a purpose. If there are generic sentences that do not say much, consider removing them for sentences that focus on your specific accounting experiences and skills. You want to make sure that you have enough room to discuss at least three of your core competencies, including your type of accounting certification, software on which you are proficient and any processes for which you are responsible.

Printing and saving

You may have to transit your cover letter either physically or electronically. There may be different requirements for submission, so make sure that you at least save it in .docx and .pdf format and consider other formats as well. If you intend to mail it, make sure that it is printed on high-quality paper.

Common mistakes and tips on avoiding

Besides avoiding typos, you also should not write an impersonal and generic letter. In addition, avoid writing a disorganized letter that does not have relevant information. Stay specific and stay focused.