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Assistant accountant cover letter template (text format)

Today’s Date

Contact Person’s Name
274 Cotham Road
Bristol
BS6 6SJ
07123 456 789
contact.person@gmail.com

Dear [Mr/Ms/Mx] [Contact Person’s Name],

I’m responding to the advertisement on Indeed.com for an available Assistant Accountant position. With a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and 3+ years of experience in finance management and staff accounting, I’m confident I can make a substantial impact on your company’s success as your next Assistant Accountant.

My background lies in maintaining fiscal control and reconciling expenditures for assigned accounts, conducting analysis for budget variances, reconciling daily banking activities, processing payrolls, and managing accounts receivable/payable. Having refined my skills in auditing, record maintenance, and checking and balancing, I stand prepared to benefit your organisation in this position.

The highlights of my experience include:

  • efficiently processing ACCORD certificates for a client with large property acquisitions worth over £2.75M in a short timeframe
  • reducing task completion times by up to 65% by integrating semi-automation advancements in daily and monthly accounts reconciliation
  • shortening period close timelines by 60% by integrating all payroll reports for 200 employees

I have no doubt you’ll find my qualifications to be more than adequate. Please don’t hesitate to reach out by phone or email for further information or to schedule an interview. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Yours sincerely,

 

[Your Name]

 


How to write your assistant accountant cover letter

Before you begin writing, make sure you know how to write a cover letter in a way that makes you seem like the best candidate for the job.

Your assistant accountant cover letter is your opportunity to introduce yourself in a brief and compelling way. In three to five paragraphs, your letter should explain why you want the job, give context to the skills on your assistant accountant CV, and highlight the skills that make you a great fit.

Here are three cover letter tips that’ll help you stand out from the other applicants:

1. Highlight the right accounting skills

Whether you’re managing financial data or drafting financial reports, you’ll need the right hard skills to handle your responsibilities as an assistant accountant.

Hard skills are technical skills that you learn through training or on the job. You’ll find the best hard skills for your application by checking the job description and postings for similar opportunities. However, firms often look for the following hard skills when hiring assistant accountants:

  • Accounting software (Xero, QuickBooks, Zoho Books)
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office)
  • Desktop communications software
  • Budgeting
  • Financial reporting
  • Regulatory filings and compliance software

Remember, cover letters are most effective when they give context to the information on your CV. So, when writing about your skills, give examples that explain how you’ve used your skills previously or what makes you knowledgeable about them.

You can also highlight specific accounting certifications (e.g., Certified Bookkeeper, Certified Payroll Professional) to show your commitment to professional development.

Also, don’t forget to describe your soft skills and character traits that influence how you work in the office. Here are a few good examples that’ll make your assistant accountant cover letter stand out to recruiters:

2. Provide examples of relevant achievements

Present your top accomplishments with hard numbers and specific details. Examples backed up with figures give the recruiter insight into how you resolve industry-specific problems and how you’ll be an asset to their team.

Here’s an example of how an assistant accountant with two years of experience presents their achievements with numbers and details:

Example of bulleted accomplishments on an assistant accountant cover letter

As an accounting intern at PwC, I had the opportunity to put my academic knowledge into practice. I was eventually promoted to a full-time accounting assistant role in one of the UK’s top accountancy firms, which helped me develop my critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Here are three examples that highlight my accomplishments:

  • Simultaneously supported 45 clients in our London office in reconciling bank accounts, reviewing and maintaining sales, purchase, and general ledgers
  • Assisted our Senior Accountant in preparing, reconciling, and presenting balance sheet reviews to senior stakeholders
  • Managed and coached 50 accounting interns regarding their roles in various accounting tasks and projects

3. End your assistant accountant cover letter with a great closing statement

Conclude your cover letter with an effective call to action (CTA), a statement encouraging the employer to contact you for an interview.

The closing statement is also your last chance to express enthusiasm for the position while also thanking the reader for their time and consideration.

Here’s an example of a solid closing statement and sign-off from an assistant accountant cover letter:

An example of a polite and concise closing paragraph from an assistant accountant's cover letter written in black text on a white background.
Express your appreciation to the target employer for reading your cover letter.

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