Speculative Cover Letter Accounting

Speculative letters (by post or email) might work better than you think. They're a recognised way of communicating with employers who are not currently advertising for staff. If your message finds a decision-maker who has a problem or an opportunity, you could be in a meeting pretty fast. But consider if a letter out of the blue is the best method of connecting with an organisation – it's often more effective to get a warm introduction through existing contacts.

Be concise and to the point

Many speculative letters are pure time wasters. They make little attempt to understand the needs of the organisation, and are instantly considered as junk mail. Too many letters use dull, predictable wording, over-long introductions and explanations, and communicate too much using long paragraphs which will never be read. Get to the point quickly. Show, rather than tell, how you have the skills and know-how necessary to do the job – provide evidence in bullet point form. Get across key evidence from your CV, but avoid repeating exact phrases.

The first mistake is to believe that it sells you into a meeting. It won't. If you're lucky, it will simply persuade the reader to consider your CV. The only function of a cover letter is to get your CV read, and to get you a meeting. If your CV is a short book, your cover letter is like the blurb on the cover – it gives a reason to start reading. It should therefore flag up three or four strong items in your CV worth considering.

The second mistake is to rehearse every reason why you might get hired. Some candidates send in cover letters more than two pages long, crammed with information. Don't make the mistake of thinking that the longer you argue your case, the better your chances of an interview - the opposite is almost certainly the case. If you can't write a coherent one-page letter, what does that say about your communication skills in the job?

The employer is the focus not you

Try not to begin every sentence and paragraph with "I". Focus on the reader of the letter and his or her perspective. Your letter should say more about the employer than it says about you. State why you are attracted to the organisation and what you like about it. Research. Refer to the problems, opportunities and headaches your target company is facing. Remember Swot as a prompt: what can you say about a company's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats? Try to work out the top half dozen or so priorities in the employer's mind and offer five or six matching pieces of evidence in your cover letter.

Why are you a good match?

Refer the reader to your enclosed CV, stating briefly why you are a good match as a candidate. Don't apologise in your letter for the lack of industry experience or your lack of a specific qualification. Select a range of achievements relevant to the needs of the organisation, and set out your top three or four as bullet points in the letter. This short burst of information is the element most likely to get you into a meeting.

Avoid the hard-sell

In the UK job market, selling yourself too hard can be counter-productive. Avoid the pushy assumptive close you see in some recommended formats: "I'll be calling you on Monday to discuss my application further", or "I will expect your call". Simply end your message stating that you'd like the opportunity to take the conversation further – they'll respond fast enough if they're interested.

Accuracy and research

Ensure complete accuracy in names and job titles, as well as the name of the organisation itself (plus the names of products or services). Cut and paste from previous letters with great care. Print a letter off and proof read it carefully before emailing.

Don't put anything in your cover letter which gives the reader an excuse to put it aside. For example, apologising for your lack of a particular requirement, mentioning your age, or referring to negative aspects such as why you left your last job.

Research the staff list of the organisation carefully to ensure your letter is read by the right decision maker. It pays to make some calls to anyone who knows anything about the organisation so you can find out who to approach and what you might say which makes your approach stand out. Remember that the organisation will be researching you in return – make sure your LinkedIn page is up to date and tells the story you want to get across. Telephone to check that your letter has been received by the intended recipient. If you get connected, ask one relevant question, and mention one reason why you might be able to help the employer, then suggest a meeting.

John Lees is a career coach, founder of John Lees Associates and author of Knockout CV.

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Table Of Contents:

  1. Accountant
  2. Bookkeeper
  3. Business Analyst
  4. CPA

Both of the letters on this page follow the template outlined in our cover letter writing guide.

SEE ALSO > How to Write an Excellent Resume

Accountant Cover Letter

The cover letters below are based on the resume to the left. It’s important to note that this industry is broad and encompasses many different jobs, ranging from auditors and tax advisers to forensic accountants and financial examiners. The goal of your cover letter is to target your unique experience or area of expertise.

So keep in mind that the contents of your letter will likely differ from our samples. For instance, if you have any cover letter red flags, such as a previous termination, layoff, or gaps in employment, you may have to plan for these in your cover letter.

Use the downloadable samples below as a guide to help you write your own cover letter:


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Accounting CL Template Pack

 

HR Manager

Company Name

Company Address

Date

With great willingness, I am applying for the position of POSITION which was advertised on the (COMPANY NAME) website. I believe that my education, skill-set, and experience make me a suitable candidate for this vacancy.

I am a highly organized and self-driven individual, passionate about developing my career in the field of Accounting as a Corporate Banker. My commitment can be gauged from the fact that I am an accredited holder of a MBA degree with finance as specialization from Poloma College.

Possessing more than 5 years of experience of working in diverse financial positions with multiple companies, I have gained an extensive insight within this field. My key competencies include, but are not limited to, maintaining financial records, managing budgets, risk assessments and business strategy reviews.

In my current position with Langford Partnership where I work in the capacity of Financial Analyst, I am responsible for leading a team of 5 and carrying out a wide range of commercial processes. During the course of my career, I have gained a specialist’s understanding of financial instruments and accounting software and have also been effective in explaining complex information in a comprehensible manner.

As a Certified Public Accountant, I am an accomplished communicator, with excellent organizational, decision making, and time management skills and have a proven track record of consistently meeting and regularly surpassing demanding performance goals.

Proactive, innovative and highly influential, I am seeking a challenging but rewarding position, which is why I was naturally drawn to this exciting opportunity.

Yours sincerely,

Name

Address

T: Phone number

E: email address

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Bookkeeper Cover Letter

This Bookkeeper cover letter is based on the matching professionally written resume (click to view)

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Bookkeeper CL Template Pack

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(Manager’s Name)

HR Manager

Company Name

Company Address

Date

Dear Mr. /Mrs. /Ms. (Manager’s Name)

With reference to the advertisement on your website this week, I wish to apply for the role of Bookkeeper at your company.

As an analytical and dynamic individual who has a proven history of exceeding expectations through performance, I believe I would be able to participate and impact considerably tthe ongoing operational success of your company. Some of the key talents I can bring include streamlining payment systems, reducing turnover in receivables, and improving the efficiency of invoicing.

My present employment at Franklin & Rodgers Business Solutions as a General Bookkeeper has helped me to develop my abilities in key commercial areas such as financial calculations, formulating invoices, and correcting spreadsheet errors.

I can combine my effective communication skills with functional knowledge to identify opportunities and deliver a satisfactory outcome while working alone or as a part of a larger team. You will find me as someone who can tackle all requisite responsibilities including administrative and customer service duties. 

I have enclosed my resume for your review and would be thankful for an opportunity to meet with you in the near future to discuss what I can contribute.

Sincerely,

Name

Address

T: Phone number

E: email address


Business Analyst Cover Letter

The cover letters below are based on the flight attendant resume example on the left. Click on the image to get tips on how to write a resume that supports your cover letter.

The business analyst cover letter below outlines their current job duties that relate to the position they are applying for. Avoid just listing your day-to-day responsibilities, and instead target responsibilities that are listed in the employer’s job description. Download the template pack below and choose your favorite style — Park, Elegant, or Classic. Use the examples to help you format your own cover letter.

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Business Analyst CL Template Pack

[Today’s Date]

[341 Company Address

Company City, State, xxxxx

(xxx)xxx-xxxx

hiring.manager@gmail.com]

Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. [Hiring Manager’s Name],

I’m excited to be writing to you regarding the business analyst position advertised on (Website’s Name).  With over 5 years of experience supporting business solution software and analyzing business operations, I believe that I am a perfect fit for this role.

As part of my current role as a business analyst at TECCO, I analyze client’s business requirements and processes through document analysis, interviews, workshops, and workflow analysis. Using my knowledge of SQL, I further support our clients systems by conducting 5+ levels of testing including functional, regression, user acceptance, integration and performance. During my tenure with TECCO I have gained valuable knowledge of customer service, EDI standards, and risk analysis.

Among my peers, I am regarded as an analytical crackerjack with expert problem-solving skills. Furthermore, I have a proven track record of translating stakeholder requirements into tangible deliverables that exceed expectations.

My resume is enclosed, and will give you further insight into my skill sets, accomplishments, and experience in this sector. I look forward to discussing my application with you further. I appreciate your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]


CPA Cover Letter

The below CPA cover letter sample is based off of this CPA resume sample.

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(Manager’s Name)

HR Manager

Company Name

Company Address

Date

Dear Mr. /Mrs. /Ms. (Manager’s Name)

Please accept my application for the position of Certified Public Accountant, as advertised in the website’s name website on Date.

As a Senior Audit Associate with Pricewaterhousecoopers, I have displayed an ability to drive out inefficiencies through process improvement and assist in the maintenance and development of financial systems and procedures. Furthermore, I have successfully performed risk assessment, data analytics, and financial review for over 20 projects.

Previously working as a Financial Analyst Intern with Uncle Chen’s Restaurant LLC, I assimilated extensive knowledge of and insights into accountancy and various financial processes including budgeting, purchase orders and accounts reconciliation.

Proactive, innovative and highly influential, I am seeking a challenging but rewarding position, which is why I was naturally drawn to this exciting opportunity.

I hope to discuss my eligibility for the role further with you in the future.

Sincerely,

Name

Address

T: Phone number

E: email address

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