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									Jesse Kendall                                      123 Elm Street — Brockton, MA 02305 — Cell: 508.444.4444 —

Banking // Compliance // Investments // Financial Management
Customer Service // Data Analysis // Decision-Making // Cost & Price Analysis
Versatile and highly accurate accounting professional with over nine years of experience impacting corporate performance by skillfully
managing financial activities. Specialized expertise analyzing financial information and preparing reports to determine or maintain
record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, and tax liability.

Accountant II — ABC Enterprises, Brockton, MA, 20xx-20xx
Developed payroll and invoice expense detail reports. Managed vehicle leasing and fleet activity expense reporting and controlled
employee compliance with the organization’s vehicle policies. Generated reports by store, vendor, department, and supplies
purchased. Coordinated the inventory/shipments for the Taste of Chicago event. Analyzed seasonal warehouse utility trends and
developed actual expense allocation percentages. Collaborated with the warehouse on expense capitalization. Utilized straight line
depreciation on equipment purchases and reported on inventory regularly.
     Teamed with the warehouse to eliminate paper handbills and utilize electronic shipping order forms.
     Constructed detailed reports to provide to executive officers, which facilitated a reduction in dump loss in the warehouse.
     Created an accrual for several hundred thousand dollars in response to salary and benefits increases going into effect in three
      months’ time. Eliminated a one-time expense impact and developed next year’s budget data.
     Researched and reorganized cardboard recycling procedures in concert with vendors to smooth the trend of deposits from
      cardboard income.

Accountant II — BCD National, Brockton, MA, 20xx-20xx
Managed four employees. Prepared weekly expense report payments for six companies; reviewed expense reports for compliance with
company policies. Monitored IRS regulation compliance. Investigated and resolved customer issues and requests. Reconciled and
adjusted general ledger accounts.
           Reduced general ledger account write-offs from $7 million to just $120,000 by billing airline tickets to revenue projects.
           Saved costs from employee advances 976% by researching, pinpointing, and resolving root cause issues.
           Streamlined the CTA passes process to provide continual flow of inventory; designed procedure for sales recap and reorders.
           Crafted an inventory transfer report to monitor each department’s activities.
           Collaborated across a team to cut store supply expenses. Devised a report that identified global supply items that could be
            purchased for less or reduced.

Accountant II — BCD Investment Corporation, Brockton, MA, 20xx-20xx
Administered quarterly reports for nine investment funds by developing a balance sheet, income statement, statement of partners’
capital, and statement of investment. Drafted work papers based on accurate accounting of balance sheet and income statements.
Tracked and recorded prepaid accounts and capitalized interest. Posted journal entries for amortization.
             Created procedural handbook by documenting all accounting functions and processes.
             Liaised between the accounting department and warehouse to ensure excellent communications.
             Worked closely with auditors to compile seven years of financial reports; provided detailed account, P&L, and trend
              information critical in the sale of the organization.

Master’s Degree – Accounting, XYZ Graduate School of Management, Brockton, MA, 20xx
Bachelor’s Degree – Business Administration and Accounting, XYZ University, Brockton, MA, 20xx
Member, National Association of Purchasing Card Professionals
Creating a Compelling Cover Letter
A powerfully written cover letter is necessary to land most interviews and ensure job search success. When an advertised
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Address your cover letter appropriately:
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your letter to “Dear Sirs,” as it is considered inappropriate. If you are unsure of your contact’s gender, address them by
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Get to the point in your opening paragraph:
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Use “I” and “my” sparingly. Try not to use these words more than six times in your cover letter. You need to focus on what
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Close your letter with a strong paragraph:
In the closing paragraph, you need to address several issues. At the very least, you need to ask for the interview and
provide contact information. This is also the ideal place to mention your salary requirements (if the employer insists on it),
or your desire to relocate.
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the resume was successfully received, and it creates an opportunity to establish a dialog. However, do not mention this in
your cover letter if you do not intend to follow up.

In summation, an aggressive and dynamic cover letter will help you stand out among the competition. Remember that the
goal is to market yourself – not to compose a dull biography.

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