What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?

Senior Technical Recruiter, Indeed
J. Palmer

I’m an experienced recruiter and I’ve been a hiring manager, too. I’ve seen the same mistakes again and again throughout my career. But if you take a little extra time to avoid these common problems, your cover letter should really stand out!

Remember these four questions to help you write a successful cover letter and get hired:

  • Why do you want to work for the company? What interests you about them?
    • Talk about how your personality and skills align with what they do
  • Why are you a good fit for this company and the job?
    • Write about how your past work, life experiences and skills meet the important requirements of the job
  • How are you personalizing this cover letter sample?
    • Tailor your cover letter to the job you’re applying for
    • Address the cover letter to whoever will be reading it. If you don’t know who will be reading it, you can address it as “To the Hiring Committee” or “To the Hiring Manager”
  • Have you proofread your cover letter?
    • Make sure to check for correct spelling and grammar before sending out your cover letter!
September 17, 2019

[Your Name]

  • [Phone Number]
  • [e-mail]

Dear Mrs. Johnson,

I am writing to express my sincere interest in the position of Accountant with ABC Company.

I am a highly motivated Accountant with 3 years of experience in the accounting field. My areas of expertise are tax return preparation, record keeping, accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial reporting, tax research, tax planning, and financial consulting.

I pride myself on being organized and personable. I genuinely enjoy mathematics and love using numbers to optimize business operations.

Coming from a family of accountants, I knew what I wanted to do for my career from a young age. Seeing both my father and mother help so many individuals and businesses with their finances made me quickly want to follow in their footsteps.

I possess a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and am an expert in MS Excel. I am also proficient in QuickBooks, Sage 50, and Access.

What sets me apart is my relationship building skills. I genuinely care about each of my clients and prefer to look at a holistic view of their operations, rather than narrowly analyzing financials.

Given my experience, I am confident that I would be able to hit the ground running as an Accountant on your team. Thank you in advance for your considerations.

How to write an accountant cover letter?

  • Include your full name and contact information at the top of your cover letter
  • Start the cover letter by respectfully addressing the recipient by name
  • Mention where you found the job posting and your interest in the opportunity
  • Use the first paragraph to explain why you would be a great hire as the accountant
  • Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
  • Thank the reader and express interest in discussing the role in more detail
  • End the cover letter with a professional sign-off and your full name
  • Your cover letter should be one-page or or less in length