Accountant Cover Letter Examples

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An accountant cover letter should be clear, concise and to the point while discussing skills that are relevant to an accounting position. Education is important as well as past job experience, especially the particular type of accounting experience whether it be banking, retail, government or another field. Include examples of important accomplishments, but refrain from just repeating the resume. A cover letter should reflect your personality and communicate an enthusiasm for the job. It is important to include contact information and always remember to sign the letter. Here are some accountant cover letter samples that will help you create your own.

Example 1 – Target to Company

This accountant cover letter example is from a student who is graduating from the business school at a major university. The student plans to take the certified public accountant exam and is looking for a job as a junior accountant at one of the well-known firms in a large city.

Dear Accounting Department Director:
My name is Charles Bennett and I am graduating Magna Cum Laude this weekend from the Emerson College of Business at XYZ University. I am planning to begin studying for the certified public accountant examination so that I can pass it as soon possible; however I would like to apply for a position as a junior accountant in your firm now. I actually did an internship at A, B and C Accountants, LLC last summer where I worked for Ms. Samantha Smith in the Auditing Department. A letter of reference from Ms. Smith is attached to this letter along with my resume.
I am a member of the Beta Alpha Psi business fraternity and served as president of the XYZ University Accounting Club this past year. While in college I have taken courses in financial and managerial accounting, financial reporting, strategic cost management, auditing, accounting information systems, financial statement analysis and tax accounting. I particularly enjoyed working in the Auditing Department at A, B and C during my internship, but would welcome the opportunity to work in any department where there is an opening.
As a new graduate, I am willing to do any work necessary and am eager to go through the A, B and C training program for junior accountants. I would appreciate any learning opportunities made available to me and would make the most of them. I am available to work long hours including evenings and weekends as I know that is necessary when handling a large project or facing a tight deadline.
I hope you will review my attached resume and consider me for a junior accountant job as soon as one becomes available. I would welcome the opportunity to come to your office for an interview. I can be reached on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or via email at [email]
Respectfully,
Charles Bennett
Charles Bennett

Example 2 -Unadvertised Opening

This accountant cover letter example is from a person who has been out of the work force for 5 years due to having a child, but wishes to return to the work force now that the child is in school. She holds an accounting degree and a certified public accountant.

Dear Human Resources Director:
I am happy to be returning to the workforce after a 5-year hiatus. I left my position as an accountant at the ABC Firm in Chicago 5 years ago when my daughter was born. We have since moved to Indianapolis due to a job transfer for my husband and our daughter has now started school. I am ready to return to the professional accounting world as soon as possible and would be honored to work at XYZ Accounting, Inc. I have taken continuing education courses over these last 5 years to maintain my certified public accountant (CPA) and certified financial planner (CFP) designations as well as to stay up-to-date on changes in the industry.
I graduated from the ABC School of Accounting at State University with honors in 2003 and immediately went to work at the ABC Firm in Chicago. I worked there for 5 years until the birth of my daughter. While at ABC I came to specialize financial planning. Specifically I helped families devise plans to pay for college, retirement, weddings and other milestones as well as assisted them in making their financial futures as secure as possible. I worked with families from diverse walks of life with a wide range of financial resources.
Although I have extensive experience working with families in the financial planning area of an accounting practice, I am not limited to that area only. I am happy to work in corporate financial planning as well as in any other department where there is an opening for an accountant at XYZ. I am available to come to your office for an interview at your convenience, and I can be reached on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or via email at [email] My resume is attached. Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,
Your Signature
Jane M. Blake

Example 3 – Response to Job Postings and Classifieds Ads

This accountant cover letter example is from a person who has been out of the work force for 5 years due to having a child, but wishes to return to the work force now that the child is in school. She holds an accounting degree and a certified public accountant.

Dear Mr. Jacobs:
I am responding to your advertisement for an accountant needed at ABC and Company that appeared in the Sunday edition of the Kansas City Star. I have 4 years’ experience working as an accountant at XYZ Accountants, Ltd. in Omaha, Nebraska. I recently relocated to Kansas City due to a job transfer for my wife. I began my career at XYZ as a general accountant and after 2 years moved to the Fraud Department where I have honed my skills at recognizing potential fraud and preventing clients from getting into legal trouble due to improper accounting practices. I also worked on fraud investigation teams for a number of XYZ clients as well.
I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the Bear School of Business at ABC State University in Texas in 2009 and immediately moved to Omaha to accept a position as an accountant at XYZ. I am excited about settling in Kansas City and eager to begin work as soon as possible. Your ad indicates that you are specifically looking for an accountant who holds a certified fraud examiner (CFE) designation. I hold such a designation and find working in accounting fraud to be very rewarding. My resume is attached along with a reference letter from Alexander T. Clay, Vice President of the Fraud Department at XYZ Accountants, Ltd.
I would greatly appreciate being considered for the open position in accounting at ABC and Company. In addition, I am willing and able to go through any training program that is required by ABC management. I am available to come to your office for a personal interview at your convenience or participate in a phone interview any time. I can be reached on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or by email at [email] I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you,
Signature
Chad Clark

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