How to Write an Accounting Job Cover Letter

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An essential part of any accounting job application process is your cover letter. Whether it is sent via email or through traditional mail, your cover letter is the first impression you will make on your potential new employer.

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    Compose Your Accounting Job Cover Letter

  1. 1

    Begin your letter by gearing it towards the specific accounting job for which are applying. You should specify whether the position is as an accountant or accounting specialist, such as accountant in charge of accounts receivable.

  2. 2

    Follow up your opening with a summary of characteristics your potential employer is looking for. These can be found in the job posting for the position, and may include skills such as monitoring revenues and expenditures, journal entry and acting as an auditing liaison.

  3. 3

    Include a statement which matches the skills your target employer is seeking with those you possess. For example, if your target is looking for an accounting professional with at least an undergraduate degree in accounting or other financial-related fields, you would write a brief summary of your educational background, describing how it suits the position for which you are applying.

  4. 4

    Include a statement regarding your qualifications beyond your college degree. Many jobs you will encounter in accounting may require the successful completion of all CPA exams, as well as additional accounting licenses.

  5. 5

    Explain how your specific skills in other areas of accounting will benefit your target company. You should highlight practical skills, such as knowledge of industry software like QuickBooks or Peachtree.

  6. 6

    Write an additional paragraph for your cover letter explaining the extent to which your accounting experiences will mesh with the goals the target company. You should write a brief statement covering the types of accounting business practices you are most familiar with and how these will translate into the position you are seeking.

  7. 7

    Close your letter with a concrete example of how your work has positively affected your current or former employer. Now is the time to use hard numbers to express your skills by including the amount of revenue saved through your budgeting processes as an example of your quality work.

Tips and warnings

  • Take the time to double-check your cover letter for errors, particularly in the spelling of your job contact's name and title. Since this letter acts as an introduction for yourself, it is key that you put your best foot forward by addressing the recipient in the proper manner.

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