Business Cover Letter Examples For Resume

It’s a good time to be a job seeker: U.S. job growth is strong, unemployment is on a steady decline, and openings are at an all-time high.

That doesn’t make the search any less daunting. Differentiating yourself from every other job seeker on the market is no small feat, and the monotony of filling out online applications can make the task downright exhausting. That’s where a killer cover letter comes in.

Done right, a great cover letter is like a secret weapon for catching a hiring manager’s attention. Next to your resume, it’s one of the most important, underutilized tools at your disposal.

Here are some cover letter writing tips, and a free, downloadable template, to make yours stand out.

1. Personalize

Every cover letter you write should be tailored to the job you’re applying for — just like your resume. Study the job posting carefully, and make a quick list of any essential qualifications.

“Job seekers really struggle with what to say on a cover letter,” says Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, President and CEO of Great Resumes Fast. “Taking a second to think about why you’re applying, and why you’re a good fit for the company, makes the process a lot easier.”

If you’re adding a cover letter to an online application, use a business letter format with a header and contact information. If you’re sending an email, it’s OK to leave out the header, but be sure to provide a phone number (and an attached resume, of course). Make sure you’re clear about the position you’re applying for.

Avoid nameless salutations — it might take a little Google research, and some LinkedIn outreach, but finding the actual name of the position’s hiring manager will score you major brownie points. “Do not start a cover letter with, ‘to whom it may concern,’” Holbrook Hernandez says. “It concerns no one.”

2. Tell a Story

To grab a recruiter’s attention, a good narrative—with a killer opening line—is everything.

“The cover letter is a story,” says Satjot Sawhney, a resume and career strategist with Loft Resumes. “What is the most interesting thing you’re doing that’s relevant to this job?” Use that to guide your letter.

Ideally, the story that drives your resume will focus on a need at the company you’re applying for. If you’re a PR professional, maybe you have a list of clients in an industry the team wants to break into. If you’re in marketing, a successful promotional campaign might be the ticket in. “A hiring manager wants to see results-driven accomplishments with a past employer,” says Holbrook Hernandez. “If you’ve done it before, you can deliver it again.”

If you have a career gap or are switching industries, address it upfront. “If there’s anything unique in your career history, call that out in the beginning,” says professional resume writer Brooke Shipbaugh.

(Here’s a downloadable sample.)

3. Use Bullet Points to Show Impact

Hiring managers are usually slammed with applications, so short, quick cover letters are preferable to bloated ones, says Paul Wolfe, Senior Vice President of human resources at job site Indeed.

“Make your cover letter a brief, bright reference tool,” he says. The easier you can make it on the recruiter the better.”

Bullet points are a good tool for pulling out numbers-driven results. Job seekers in creative fields like art and design can use bullets to break down their most successful project. Those in more traditional roles (like the one in the template), can hammer off two or three of their most impressive accomplishments.

4. Highlight Culture Fit

It’s often overlooked, but a major function of the cover letter is to show a company how well you’d mesh with the culture.

As you research a potential employer, look for culture cues on the company website, social media, and review sites like Glassdoor. Oftentimes, employers will nod to culture in a job posting. If the ad mentions a “team environment,” it might be good to play up a recent, successful collaboration. If the company wants a “self-starter,” consider including an achievement that proves you don’t need to be micromanaged.

The tone of your letter can also play to culture. “The cover letter is a great place to show [an employer] how you fit into their world,” Shipbaugh says. “Show some personality.”

5. End with an Ask

The goal of a cover letter is to convince the person reading it to make the next move in the hiring process — with a phone call, interview, or otherwise. Ending on a question opens that door without groveling for it.

“You have to approach this with a non-beggar mentality,” Sawhney says. “Having an ‘ask’ levels the playing field.”

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These professionally written cover letter samples are designed specifically for the professions of Accountant, Bookkeeper and CPA. View all cover letter samples to learn how to improve your own. Feel free to download as many samples as you like and leave questions in the comments below if you need help from our professionals.

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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

SEE ALSO › Popular Resume Samples By Industry

(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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CPA CL Template Pack

(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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