3 cover letter templates to get you a job in accounting

If you’re good with numbers and have been thinking about a career in accounting, now is a great time to get prepared for a change. 

A career in accounting currently averages the following:

  • Yearly salary: $71,550
  • Education level: Bachelor’s degree
  • Work experience needed: None

In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 4% increase in the need for accountants between 2019 and 2029.

Ladders authors have written extensively about how to craft the best resume for success, so this article will address how to create the best cover letter to get you an accounting job.

The importance of the accounting cover letter

Your cover letter complements your resume and gives the hiring manager insight into who you are as a person. It’s your opportunity to make a great first impression and to set yourself apart from the other candidates. 

Avoid copying everything from your resume into your cover letter. Your cover letter should focus on how your skills and abilities translate well into the accounting position. Highlight your successes and how your past experiences position you to be the best candidate for their company. 

Here are 3 cover letter templates to get you a job in accounting:

Avoid copying these templates word for word. Use them as a template to help you craft a personal cover letter that is unique to you. 

Use this template if you have previous experience in accounting

Date

Hiring manager’s name

Hiring managers position

Company name

Company address

Dear [hiring manager’s name],

I am excited to apply for [insert company’s name] entry-level accountant position. I am currently employed by [your current company name] as a [your current position]. I have followed [company’s name] for many years and look forward to the opportunity to compete in this process. 

I have studied the mission statement and goal objectives for [company’s name], and my personal approach and direction are in line with your company’s.

During my current accounting practice, I have gained experience and skills that will help me contribute to [company’s name] success. As an [current job position] with [x years] of experience, I currently work for a company where I assist with accounts receivable, client management, financial statements, and invoicing.

As a [current job position], I have received additional experience working with small businesses and individuals. During my time with [current company], I have sought additional training and routinely accept more responsibility to include tax preparation, best practices, and reduced cost strategies.

My communication skills, passion for accuracy and detail, and work ethic coincide with [company’s name} direction and goals. I will be a goal oriented and proactive member of your team’s accounting department to continue with your best practices and team-focused company.

I look forward to the opportunity to speak further with you about the accountant position. Please let me know what day and time work for you, and I will make it happen. 

Thank you so much for your time,

Sincerely,

[your name]

Use this template if you have limited experience in accounting

Date

Hiring manager’s name

Hiring managers position

Company name

Company address

Dear [hiring manager’s name],

I am applying for [insert desired position] because I believe I have the experience, skills, and dedication to be successful in this role as part of your organization.

I have spent the past [x years] working for [current company], where I have gained knowledge and experience of the accounting industry as a whole to include industry best practices. With my experience, I have created relationships with other accounting firms and auditors across the globe to network and communicate best practices and methods to ensure accurate data and budgeting methods are being followed. 

At [current company] I am responsible for [insert roles and responsibilities]. During my time with [current company]. I have been able to [insert related achievements]. I believe these experiences and accomplishments have prepared me to be successful as an accountant with your organization because my passions and goals align with your company’s direction. 

To prepare me for this role, I achieved a [insert education] from [insert school] and have built upon my education with real-world experience. I continue to enjoy finance and accounting by seeing additional job training and responsibilities related to the field. 

I look forward to being able to speak with you more about this opportunity.

Thank you for your time,

[your name]

Use this template if you have no prior experience in accounting

Date

Hiring manager’s name

Hiring managers position

Company name

Company address

Dear [hiring manager’s name],

I’m excited for the opportunity to apply for your Accounting position, which was posted on [company’s name] website. I have geared my education, skill-set, and experience to succeed in this position and further the company’s mission and objectives.

I am a self-driven employee who is highly organized and passionate about numbers and best practices in the Accounting field. In preparation for this opportunity, I received a [insert your degree] from [College or University]

In my current position at [current company], I have [x years] of experience working with [insert job duties and responsibilities]. This experience has positioned me well to transition into an accounting role to focus on maintaining financial records, risk assessments, reviewing business strategies, managing your company’s budgets, and any other financial obligations.

In my current position at [your company name], I work with/lead a team of [insert current team environment] where we [insert roles]

I pride myself on being an effective communicator and a goal and detail-oriented employee who focuses on the importance of teamwork. I have a proven track record of success, with some of my more notable accomplishments being: [list most relevant accomplishments]. 

I look forward to speaking with you further about this opportunity and to any questions you may have.

Thank you for your time,

[your name]

Templates are only a guideline

The more personal and relevant you can make your accounting cover letter, the better.

Use this opportunity to make a great first impression and showcase how your prior experience positions you to be successful in a new accounting position.