The sample accounting cover letter below illustrates how to structure your letter effectively in a few paragraphs. As a professional accountant, a letter is your opportunity to introduce yourself and explain why you believe you are an ideal candidate for the accounting job you are applying. After the introductory paragraph, you should explain your current and previous remits, explaining how your responsibilities have helped hone relevant accounting skills.
To be really effective, an accountant cover letter should briefly explain the benefits you can bring to an organization. Too long and it becomes a duplication of your resume so it should be written ideally in 3-5 brief paragraphs. Towards the end of the example letter below, the candidate explains why she believes she is a suitable candidate for consideration. This detailed example can be used as a template for your own letters.
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Mrs Yvette Oldfield
ABC Electronics Plc
160 Golden Street
Glasgow G41 7RD
Dear Mrs Oldfield,
Re: (Enter Position / Ref here)
I apply in writing in relation to the aforementioned accountancy job position, as advertised in the (enter publication here) on (enter date here).
Having gained six years multi-functional experience within the accounting profession (most recently having moved into a managerial role), I am seeking the opportunity to consolidate strong academic qualifications and sound professional capabilities within a large corporate environment. (Enter position here) seems an ideal prospect, since I have previously built up a diverse and strong project management background to work for the mutual benefit of both the company and the client. I now seek a fresh challenge and the possibility of progression within the field, to enable me to fulfill my career goals and build upon the highly relevant skills I have already amassed.
As you can see from my resume, my professional experience has given me the capability to provide comprehensive and thorough financial and accounting solutions. I am currently employed by HSBC Global Asset Management as a Manager within the technical department. The position has further developed my competence and aptitude as a manager and has provided me with the opportunity to lead a multi-disciplinary solutions-orientated team, advising and providing training in all areas of the accounting system.
I am highly motivated, resourceful and tenacious and I believe I am suitable for the position because I wish to utilise transferable skills I have amassed and develop new ones for long-term aspirations within the accounting industry. The expertise, drive and qualities that are evident from my resume are highly relevant to the position and my confidence, enthusiasm and commitment would be hugely valuable to your organization in a number of areas.
Please find, enclosed, a copy of my Curriculum Vitae for your perusal. I look forward to your response at your earliest convenience.
The above sample accounting cover letter is an insightful guide intended to help you write your own letters. However, good cover letters should always accompany a well written resumes. You might wish to have your letter and CV prepared by an experienced consultant, saving you time and maximising the impact of your applications.
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27 Colmore Row
Birmingham, England B3 2EW
Mobile: 07956 654 32
Dear Human Resources Manager,
As a highly skilled Auditor, I read your posting for a new Auditor with interest. My experience aligns well with the qualifications you are seeking at Flatland Bank, in particular my role as Auditor with Sunshine Bank, and I am certain I would make a valuable addition to your organisation. With more than 10 years’ experience as an Auditor, I am adept in data collection, analysis, and reporting.
Moreover, whilst my on-the-job experience has afforded me a well-rounded skill set, including first-rate critical thinking and time management abilities, I excel at: Assessing compliance with financial regulations and controls. Testing documents and reports for accuracy and compliance. Identifying ongoing compliance issues. Documenting audit tests and findings.
In addition to my experience and personal qualities, I have a solid educational foundation and a passion for compliance management. I am extremely enthusiastic about Flatland Bank’s focus on process improvements and would welcome the opportunity to contribute to your efficiency, compliance, and organisational goals. Please review my attached CV for additional details regarding my expertise and career achievements. I will follow up to request an appointment to discuss how my experience and background meets your needs.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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