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]

  • [e-mail]
  • [Phone Number]

Hi Lauren,

To save I have a thing for numbers is an understatement. In fact it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that I am downright obsessed. I am proud to have obtained my Bachelor’s degree in accounting and would love to work for Parker Pier Associates as an Entry Level Accountant. Perhaps what I love most about accounting is that it’s more than math; it’s a science. Ensuring that numbers fall into place makes accounting feel like an ever-changing puzzle that I’m always trying to solve.

As an undergraduate I had a summer internship at Parker Pier Associates. However, I realize that applying for a full-time role as an Entry Level Accountant is a whole new ball game. I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent at your firm, received great feedback, and am eager to learn in such a fast-paced but encouraging environment.

Beyond my educational accomplishments I am an excellent problem solver and quick learner. Both of those traits are needed in any profession but particularly in a precise industry like accounting. I believe the balance of my hard skills, soft skills, and willingness to learn all contribute to my confidence as a qualified candidate for this Entry Level Accounting position. The fact that I am already familiar with Parker Pier Associates is another bonus.

I’d love to speak to you about how I would be a good fit as a Junior Accountant. I am available for an interview at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to hear from you soon!

How to write an entry level 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 entry level 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