Complete Guide to Writing an Accounting Job Cover Letter

Profit Point Consulting - Remote 

We are a small but rapidly growing CFO/Controller and Accounting Consulting company seeking a Staff Accountant to handle the bookkeeping and day-to-day…

Estimated: $32,000 - $45,000 a year

Supporting Strategies - Virginia 4.7

Executing, as applicable, processes related to accounts payable and accounts receivable management, bookkeeping entries, closing the books monthly as well as…

Estimated: $35,000 - $50,000 a year

Evy's Tree - Santa Rosa, CA 

Post monthly journal entries and accounting transactions. The Controller will also be responsible for the bookkeeping for the company, keeping us up to date…

Estimated: $71,000 - $94,000 a year

Horry Telephone Cooperative, Inc. - Conway, SC 

CPA and CMA certifications preferred. Reviews, investigates, and corrects errors and inconsistencies in financial entries, documents, and reports to address…

Estimated: $54,000 - $73,000 a year

KP Insights, LLC - Leesburg, VA 

The hours will be flexible, but we are looking for someone to work mornings (until 1pm). We help companies focus on what they do best by taking care of the…

$18 - $22 an hour

Amazon.com Services, Inc. - Seattle, WA 3.6

CPA) and certifications (e.g., CIA, CISA), and develop a broad set of skills and experience within Accounting & Auditing through a 2-year rotation program.

Estimated: $52,000 - $71,000 a year

Core One - Sterling, VA 

Process all subcontractor and independent contractor invoices and vendor accounts payables. Process mid-month and month-end billing and invoices for all…

Estimated: $37,000 - $47,000 a year

Supporting Strategies - South Carolina 4.7

Executing, as applicable, processes related to accounts payable and accounts receivable management, bookkeeping entries, closing the books monthly as well as…

Estimated: $33,000 - $48,000 a year

ALDI - Valparaiso, IN 3.4

Prepares and processes journal entries, reviews automatic postings for cash, assets, expenses, and inter-company charges, and reconciles designated General…

$20 an hour

Supporting Strategies - Tennessee 4.7

Executing, as applicable, processes related to accounts payable and accounts receivable management, bookkeeping entries, closing the books monthly as well as…

Estimated: $36,000 - $48,000 a year

Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston, MA 4.3

Throughout your career, be available for temporary duty assignments, anywhere in the world, on either a temporary or a long-term basis.

Estimated: $51,000 - $69,000 a year

US Department of the Interior - Price, UT 4.2

Work may involve early morning hours, night hours, or daytime hours and may require working on holidays. You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested…

$38,000 - $49,000 a year

Supporting Strategies - Massachusetts 4.7

Executing, as applicable, processes related to accounts payable and accounts receivable management, bookkeeping entries, closing the books monthly as well as…

Estimated: $36,000 - $49,000 a year

Core One - Sterling, VA 

Process all subcontractor and independent contractor invoices and vendor accounts payables. Process mid-month and month-end billing and invoices for all…

Estimated: $71,000 - $100,000 a year

TN Department of Human Resources - Montgomery County, TN 3.7

Have no conviction for a felony or have been discharged under any other than honorable conditions from any branch of the United States armed forces;

$3,100 a month

Supporting Strategies - Pennsylvania 4.7

Executing, as applicable, processes related to accounts payable and accounts receivable management, bookkeeping entries, closing the books monthly as well as…

Estimated: $33,000 - $44,000 a year

Supporting Strategies - Georgia 4.7

Executing, as applicable, processes related to accounts payable and accounts receivable management, bookkeeping entries, closing the books monthly as well as…

Estimated: $36,000 - $47,000 a year

Supporting Strategies - Maine 4.7

Executing, as applicable, processes related to accounts payable and accounts receivable management, bookkeeping entries, closing the books monthly as well as…

Estimated: $36,000 - $46,000 a year

Supporting Strategies - Colorado 4.7

Executing, as applicable, processes related to accounts payable and accounts receivable management, bookkeeping entries, closing the books monthly as well as…

Estimated: $35,000 - $50,000 a year

Supporting Strategies - Washington State 4.7

Executing, as applicable, processes related to accounts payable and accounts receivable management, bookkeeping entries, closing the books monthly as well as…

Estimated: $35,000 - $47,000 a year

Complete Guide to Writing 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.