How To Write an Accountant Cover Letter (With Examples)
By Indeed Editorial Team
Updated 5 August 2022 | Published 25 June 2021
Updated 5 August 2022
Published 25 June 2021
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A job application for an accounting position is more likely to be successful if it's accompanied by a well-written cover letter. This is because a cover letter is meant to persuade the reader that you're the ideal candidate, whereas your CV just provides information. It's therefore worth taking the time to make sure that you write an effective cover letter. In this article, we will show you how to write an accountant cover letter and provide you with some examples.
How to write an accountant cover letter
Within the accounting field, recruiters are constantly receiving cover letters. Many of these will be generic or obviously follow a template. To stand out among the many other candidates trying to secure a position, your cover letter needs to be unique and persuasive. There is more to the content of a cover letter than the requirements listed in a job posting. A good accountant cover letter also talks about key personal and soft skills that you possess, and provide insight into your personality. To write an effective accountant cover letter, follow these steps:
1. Research the company
Once you've acquainted yourself with the specific requirements for the job, do some additional research on the company itself. This provides you with insight into the company's culture and values, which can be used to tailor your cover letter. Identify the name of the person who receives your cover letter, or that of the recruiter.
2. Address the recipient by name
Finding the name of the recipient of your cover letter allows you to address them by it. By doing so, you show the reader that you're serious about the position and diligent. This is also the first way that your cover letter can stand out from the many others that begin with a generic 'Dear Sir/Madam'. You can address the recipient by their job title if you were unable to find their name, such as 'Dear Hiring Manager'.
3. State the job you are applying for
Within the first or second line, tell the reader which job you're applying for. They will often be receiving applications for many different positions, so clarifying this from the beginning is helpful. You can also inform the recipient of how you came to be aware of the vacancy and why you're interested in it.
4. Talk about your qualifications
When you talk about your qualifications in the cover letter, you can be more specific than your CV. Whereas your CV lists all of your professional qualifications, your cover letter talks about those that are most relevant to the role. You can identify which these are by reading the job posting carefully. Once you've detailed how you meet their requirements, you can explain your other skills and qualifications, so long as they're relevant to the position.
5. Explain why you are an ideal candidate
The goal of a cover letter is to persuade the reader. A big part of this is writing a cover letter that is specific to the role and company in question. Instead of listing your skills and qualifications, convey them through examples and stories. Rather than saying 'I can use XYZ accounting software', you can say 'I have used XYZ accounting software for several clients over the years, and trained others in its use'. You can also talk about your personal attributes and relevant soft skills, which are generally desirable in any workplace, such as leadership and critical thinking.
6. Conclude the letter
Once you've made the case for your candidacy, thank the reader for taking the time to read your cover letter. You can then close the letter politely, followed by your full name and contact details. If you've already been asked to provide the latter during an online application process, then just give your name at the end.
7. Re-read your cover letter
Before you send your cover letter with your application, re-read it to check for possible improvement. Take the opportunity to correct any spelling or grammatical errors, and make sure that your paragraphs are a suitable length. Ideally, paragraphs are five lines long at most. Try to read your cover letter from the perspective of a recruiter to assess how effective it might be. If you have a friend or relative with relevant experience, you can ask them to read your cover letter and offer feedback.
To help you effectively assess your cover letter, the three-part checklist below has been provided to offer general guidance. When you're re-reading and assessing your accountant cover letter, check to make sure it is:
You might be using a template or master copy for your cover letters. If this is the case, the final version that you send must still be specifically written for the job in question. If the cover letter appears generic when you re-read it, rewrite it to address this issue. Make sure that any additional skills or experiences you mention have some relevance to the job.
This is the primary purpose of your cover letter. While all of the content ought to be factual, it must be conveyed in a way that effectively communicates your suitability for the role. Read your cover letter as if you were a recruiter, and ask yourself if you would hire this person. If the answer is no, then amend your cover letter.
Ensure that your cover letter is free of informal language, rambling and redundant or repetitive words. Your language and tone need to be professional, straightforward and clear. The letter must be easily readable and confined to one page long at most.
Examples of accountant cover letters
To help you write an effective accountant cover letter, the following section contains two examples. You can use these as a general guide or template when you write your own:
Dear Ms Davies,
I am writing to you with regard to the accountant role at Fernsby Accountants, which I saw listed on the Indeed website. I believe I am an ideal candidate for the role.
At present, I am a fully qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. I received my BSc in Accounting and Finance from Birmingham University, graduating with first-class honours.
Since graduating about five years ago, I have accumulated considerable experience in management accounting. I am also a capable user of all the accounting software packages listed in your advert, in addition to a couple of others. I have worked with a wide range of European and British clients, which included adapting to varying time zones and cooperating with external auditors across jurisdictions.
I have managed to carry out all of these duties faultlessly thanks to my highly organised mindset and diligence. I have also developed a good working knowledge of German and Italian, which have been very useful for work involving European clients. My communication skills are therefore very good, and I have little trouble navigating cultural and linguistic differences.
I am very grateful for your time and consideration, and look forward to the opportunity to discuss my candidacy further.
0111 2222 333
Dear Mr Jenkins,
My name is Lara Duncan and I recently saw your advert for an accountant on Indeed, and would like to submit my application for the position.
I'm a qualified accountant and have attached my certifications along with my CV for your convenience. As you'll see on my CV, I have several years of experience in preparing financial statements and regular accounts, and handling payroll, expenditures and working with clients. I have a natural affinity for numbers and this has helped me a lot as an accountant. Coupled with my communication skills, which I have honed over years of client interaction, this has made me a consummate professional. I value organisation and a strong work ethic, both of which I try to embody in my accounting work.
In addition to my qualifications, I have consistently received glowing feedback from clients, who were very pleased with my ability to break down complex concepts for them. This helped lead to an increase in clients referring our company to friends and colleagues.
Thank you for taking the time to consider my application, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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