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Round out your job application with a professional cover letter. We have plenty of info about cover letters and how to write your own, but if you are specifically looking to work in Accounting, you’ve come to the right place.

Use this sample as reference for writing your own, or simply replace our information with your own. If, however, you’d rather have it professionally written, let our cover letter builder do the heavy lifting.

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  1. Entry Level Accounting Cover Letter & Resume (Image)
  2. Entry Level Accounting Cover Letter (Text Format)
  3. 5 Tips for Writing a Cover Letter

Entry-Level Accounting Cover Letter & Resume (Image)

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Entry-Level Accounting Cover Letter (Text Format)

Your Name

142 Facebook Blvd.

Fargo, ND, 94301 United States

(423)135-4624

[email protected]

March 21, 2017

Hiring Manager’s Name

341 Company Address

Fargo, ND, 94301

(xxx)xxx-xxxx

[email protected]

Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],

My name is Richard Sanchez, and I am a recent accounting graduate with extensive internship experience in preparing invoices, analyzing financial data, and managing payroll at Fortune 500 companies. I found this job posting on LinkedIn and believe I would be a great choice for [Target Company’s] entry-level accounting position.

As an accounting intern at Marriott International, I had the opportunity to put my academic knowledge into practice. Working under skilled junior and senior accountants in a prestigious company allowed me to develop the necessary experience that will help me succeed at [Target Company]. Here are three examples from my resume that highlight my accomplishments at both Marriott International and Potter & Bukowski:

  • Helped manage payroll and the registration of employees to Jobs and Pensions service for our 150+ employee branch.
  • Reviewed, prepared, and issued bills and invoices from over 300+ clients.
  • Helped prepare company debit and credit documents for 4% of our client base.

I think [Target Company’s] efforts to implement ‘strategy-driven’ service offerings are a great direction for the company. With this approach, [Target Company] will have more autonomy in choosing which corporate entities they wish to work with.

I am thrilled at the prospect of working with [Target Company] and would like to come in for an interview as soon as possible. Please contact me at [Phone] or via email at [Email] so we can arrange a meeting. Thank you for your time and consideration; I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Richard Sanchez

5 Tips for Writing a Cover Letter

1. Be Thorough: Your cover letter needs to tell hiring managers your relevant experience, how you found the job, and which position you are applying for. 

2. Be Confident: Be confident in your writing. You want to sound knowledgeable and self-assured, mentioning your experiences and why you’re valuable to the firm.

The best way to show you’re interested in a company is to conduct some in-depth research into their initiatives or goals and comment on it in your cover letter.

3. Sound Interested: The best way to show you’re interested in a company is to conduct some in-depth research into their initiatives or goals and comment on it in your cover letter. How can you contribute to these initiatives? Why do you think it’s a good direction for the company to go in?

4. Draw from Your Resume: The use of bullet points in the cover letter changes the overall structure of the text and will grab a hiring manager’s attention. We suggest including three solid work experience achievements from your resume to make a great impression.

5. Be Professional: To conclude your cover letter, be sure to relay your contact details and thank them for their time.

by Michael Cheary

So you’ve just spent three years or more completing your degree…

You spend hours perfecting your graduate CV, but how long do you spend writing the accompanying cover letter? The honest answer for many, unfortunately, is not long enough.

Teaming your shiny new CV with a half-hearted attempt at writing a cover letter (or worse, not including one at all) could count against you more than you anticipate.

A cover letter is often the first thing a hiring manager looks at so it’s crucial to get it right. As well as letting your personality shine, it’s also an opportunity to stand out from all the other graduate applicants. And remember, first impressions count.

We’ve already covered how to write a cover letter, but if you’re still feeling frustrated when it comes to the finer details, here’s our cover letter template specifically designed for recent graduates:

 

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Opening the letter

The opening paragraph should be short, informative and to the point. Explain what job it is you’re applying for, and where you found the vacancy.

Feel free to mention the website by name (e.g. as advertised on reed.co.uk) or, if someone referred you to the contact, mention their name in this section.

 

Example:
I wish to apply for the role of Graduate Commercial Analyst, currently being advertised on reed.co.uk. Please find enclosed my CV for your consideration.

 

Second paragraph – Why are you suitable for the job?

Briefly describe your professional and academic qualifications that are relevant to the role and ensure you refer to some of the skills listed in the job description.

Stating your degree classification and the name of your university is optional, but will help to build a more comprehensive background for the reader. And, if any specific qualifications have been mentioned as pre-requisites, stating this now will help confirm your credentials.

 

Example:
As you can see from my attached CV, I have recently completed a three year degree in Economics at Loughborough University, attaining a 2:1, and I believe the knowledge and skills built up during this time make me the perfect candidate for the role.

 

Third/Fourth paragraph – What can you do for them?

Use practical examples to emphasise what you can do for the company. These might be performance based (if you have some relevant work experience), but will most likely be focussed on your academic career.

Always make sure your examples are as specific and pertinent as possible. If you’ve completed particular modules which may be applicable, this is the point to include them.

It’s also a good place to include any extra-curricular studies or activities which are applicable to the position, or which help reinforce your skills. Examples could be particular books you’ve read around the subject, seminars you’ve attended, or any qualifications undertaken which are outside your degree.

Other examples include outlining your dissertation (e.g. ‘achieved a first class distinction grade in my dissertation on x’), or more quantifiable achievements you may have attained whilst in previous employment or during work experience (e.g. ‘Increased revenue by x%’, ‘drove x% more traffic to the website during my time in employment’, ‘an increase in students grades by x’ etc.)

 

Example:
The position particularly interests me because of my passion for Analytics. During my course, I studied topics such as Econometrics, Accounting & Finance and International Economics, and the mathematical and modelling skills learned from these modules have given me an excellent foundation for building a career as a Commercial Analyst.  

Aside from my degree, I have built upon my interest in this field in a number of ways. Recently I have completed my dissertation on architectures for data-intensive analytics, which allowed me to put my theory for the subject into practice. Further, I have also started an online analytics course, which has given me a much more rounded view on the subject. 

 

Fifth paragraph – Reiterate

Here’s where you reiterate your interest in the role and why you would be the right fit for the company.

 

Example:
I am confident that I can bring this level of expertise with me to your organisation and help Online Retail Company LTD build upon their reputation as one of the biggest brand names in the UK. Add to this my passion and enthusiasm for analytics, and I believe my contribution will have an immediate impact on the business.

 

Closing the letter

Thank the employer for their time. It is also a good opportunity to indicate you’d like to meet with the employer for an interview.

Sign off your cover letter with ‘Yours sincerely’ (if you know the name of the hiring manager)/’Yours faithfully’ (if you do not), and your name.

 

Example:
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss my application further.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]

 

Final thoughts

Remember: Just as with our standard free cover letter template, this is a template, not a ready-made cover letter. Without the proper research into the company advertising the vacancy, and without tailoring it to the role, it will lack the impact for which a cover letter can drastically improve your chances of reaching the interview stage.

And these words hold even more importance when it comes to graduate jobs. Putting the time and effort in to each one will pay dividends, so keep at it. The more research you do and the better written it is, the greater your chance of standing out from the graduate crowd and setting yourself apart.

 

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