A cover letter is a letter of motivation that aims to show your prospective employer why you are a potential candidate for a job. When applying for a job, you should always attach a cover letter with your resume. While your resume highlights your work experience and qualifications in point form, your cover letter focuses on your experience and qualifications that are most relevant to the accounting clerk job description.
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Open the letter by stating your purpose of writing and your interest in the post of accounting clerk with the organisation. If you are writing your cover letter in reply to an advert published on a newspaper or on a website, state where the advert was published.
In the second paragraph, concentrate on your work experience in relation to the job description and the basic duties as specified in the job advert. State your work experience and what skills you have gained in your previous employment. Explain how you can apply your skills to the organisation's benefit in performing some of the duties mentioned in the job description. For example, if one of the basic duties of an accounting clerk is the reconciliation of daily revenues, state any relevant clerical and bookkeeping experience that can assist you in performing such duties in an organised and efficient manner.
The third paragraph should concentrate on your qualifications and personal abilities related to the job description. This is where you list any qualifications relating to accounting and computer applications, since knowledge of bookkeeping and accounting software is considered an asset for an accounting clerk. If you lack experience in a particular field but have acquired some knowledge about basic accounting and bookkeeping in your studies, mention how you can apply the knowledge you gained in your studies to perform your job.
Close your cover letter by reiterating your interest in the opening for an accounting clerk and state the reasons why you are interested in the position. For example, the position may be an improvement in your career, or it will allow you to put your experience in bookkeeping to better use. Express your desire to learn more about the position by attending an interview. Thank the recipient for his attention.
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