Complete Guide toWriting an Accounting Job Cover Letter

Getty Images - Remote 

Prepare routine month-end close journal entries (credit card expense, Accounts Receivable, Inter-company cash transfers, Bank fees, Accrued Taxes, Accounts…

Estimated: $62,000 - $78,000 a year

ActiveProspect, Inc. - Remote 

Excellent knowledge of accounting and financial processes (accounts receivable, payable, budgeting, financial closure, reporting etc.).

Estimated: $79,000 - $110,000 a year

State of Connecticut - Department of Revenue Services - Hartford, CT 

Possession of a Bachelor's or Master's degree in accounting or in a closely related business field with at least 15 semester hours in accounting.

$53,000 - $64,000 a year

PepsiCo - Plano, TX 

PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader operating in more than 200 countries and territories with a product portfolio that includes 22 world-famous,…

Estimated: $48,000 - $61,000 a year

PepsiCo - Atlanta, GA 

Supervise period close financial activities for the plant, ensuring all necessary journal entries are processed accurately and timely.

Estimated: $91,000 - $130,000 a year

PepsiCo - White Plains, NY 

Prepare journal entries in SAP and EPM. The Foodservice trade spend team handles all accounting functions for more than a dozen GL accounts and over $1B of…

Estimated: $45,000 - $65,000 a year

Botkeeper Inc - Remote 

The platform easily integrates with a client’s bank accounts, credit cards, HR system, and POS system, and makes appropriate entries and adjustments to their…

Estimated: $43,000 - $59,000 a year

Beech Valley Solutions - Remote 

The right person has a detailed understanding of accounting and bookkeeping and must have experience managing multiple ERP implementations/migrations at once.

$50 - $65 an hour

Beech Valley Solutions - Remote 

The right person has a detailed understanding of accounting and bookkeeping and must understand the differences between cash and accrual accounting.

$15 - $25 an hour

Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO 

Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that…

$4,500 a month

US Department of Justice - Guaynabo, PR 

In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history must be documented in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting…

$49,000 - $62,000 a year

Project Lead The Way - Remote 

Post and review recurring and non-recurring accounting journal entries. The Assistant Controller will delegate to and oversee a team of accounting coordinators…

Estimated: $82,000 - $120,000 a year

PepsiCo - Lynchburg, VA 

Our Company will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting…

$45,000 - $47,000 a year

CONFIDENTIAL - High Profile Family - Palm Beach, FL 

§ Maintain bank relationship and oversee bill payment. Supervise payment of employees and manage other accounts payable. Develop and monitor internal controls.

Estimated: $120,000 - $160,000 a year

PepsiCo - Purchase, NY 

We believe that acting ethically and responsibly is not only the right thing to do but also the right thing to do for our business. Ad Hoc analysis as required.

Estimated: $75,000 - $100,000 a year

Mason Tax - Remote 

If you feel stymied by the accounting industry's stuffiness in general and feel like I might have written this job description specifically for you then let's…

$50,000 - $65,000 a year

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.