123 Elm Street 734.555.5555
JESSE KENDALL Ann Arbor, MI 48107 firstname.lastname@example.org
AMBITIOUS ACCOUNTING ADMINISTRATOR
Resourceful and detail-oriented professional seeking to leverage a BA in Accounting and nine years of
bookkeeping/administrative experience into an auditing position. Proven team player with highly regarded interpersonal
skills; able to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and organizational levels. On track to earn a CPA credential.
Multilingual in English, Polish, and Russian.
ACCOUNTING ADMINISTRATOR: ABC Testing and Engineering ▪ Ann Arbor, MI, 20xx-20xx
Handled accounts payable and payroll for an engineering firm with offices throughout two states. Prepared monthly client
billing and revenue analysis for four separate departments within the branch. Processed approximately 150 checks
totaling $25,000 per month in accounts payable. Prepared and filed monthly, quarterly, and year-end payroll, state, local,
and federal taxes. Handled all aspects of the accounting and bookkeeping functions.
Implemented and maintained a computerized accounting program, which substantially improved business
processes, accuracy of financial reports, and the reconciliation process.
Skillfully ensured the company’s books were updated and maintained, which contributed to continued profitability
and provided transparency to identify opportunities for improvements.
Converted accounts payable system from manual to Quicken computer program.
ACCOUNTING ADMINISTRATOR: BCD National Auto ▪ Ann Arbor, MI, 20xx-20xx
Supported the accounting division and the controller with daily operations. Completed the vehicle sale process by
processing the deal within the accounting division. Validated payments for trade-ins and bank charges. Created and
updated an intricate database with Excel to monitor bank funding of finalized deals.
Evaluated fund packages to ensure compliance with organizational, state, and federal guidelines. Validated account
Contributed to quarterly audits through information/documentation organization for asset accounts.
Balanced dealer reserves with appropriate schedules and processed journal vouchers. Factored in the settlement of
monthly bank statements.
Played a significant role in the weekly payroll processing. Aided the controller in the recording of vehicle
ACCOUNTING ADMINISTRATOR: CDE Enterprises ▪ Ann Arbor, MI, 20xx-20xx
Performed daily accounting activities, including general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, collections, bank
reconciliations, and payroll for this construction company. Assisted with schedules and reports for local, state, and federal
Designed Excel spreadsheets to produce reports.
Communicated easily with laborers, customers, and senior-level executives.
Microsoft Office • ADP • Oracle • PeopleSoft • Lotus • Reynolds & Reynolds
Bachelor of Science – Accounting, Concentration in Business Administration, 20xx
Currently pursuing CPA designation, expected in 20xx
Creating a Compelling Cover Letter
A powerfully written cover letter is necessary to land most interviews and ensure job search success. When an advertised
position creates a pile of 100+ resumes, it becomes the responsibility of the hiring personnel to shortlist the applications.
Resumes without cover letters are usually the first to go, followed by the ones with poorly written cover letters. Avoid this
fate by following these effective strategies:
Address your cover letter appropriately:
Be sure that you get the name of the hiring manager before sending your resume, and address the letter to that individual.
The proper greeting will be either “Dear Mr. (Smith),” or “Dear Ms. (Smith).” Avoid using Miss or Mrs., and do not address
your letter to “Dear Sirs,” as it is considered inappropriate. If you are unsure of your contact’s gender, address them by
their first and last name, as in “Dear Pat Smith,” to avoid an embarrassing mistake. If you don’t know the name of the
hiring manager, simply use the greeting “Dear Hiring Manager,”– it’s clear, to the point, and gender neutral.
Get to the point in your opening paragraph:
One of the most common interviewing questions employers ask is “Why should I hire you among other candidates?”
Provide an answer to that question right off the bat in your opening paragraph. This is a very important section because it
is the first thing the employer will read. It must be powerful and make an immediate impact. Be sure sell yourself and your
unique abilities. Do not use a generic opening paragraph that can apply to any Tom, Dick or Harry.
Every line should sell you, so use aggressive language here and throughout the rest of your cover letter. For example,
instead of writing “My background is in finance management, making me well-suited for your advertised Corporate
Finance Director position.” you can write “A background in finance management and a proven record of developing
effective strategies that drive revenue, growth and shareholder value make me a strong candidate for your advertised
Corporate Finance Director position.”
Show your interest and sell your accomplishments in the body of the letter:
In this section, you need to show your interest in the job and the company. Research is a key ingredient to a successful
job search. The more you are able to demonstrate your interest and knowledge about a company, the better your chances
are to secure an interview. Get to know the company’s mission and new corporate initiatives, and tell them how you can
help them meet their objectives or resolve their problems. Praise the company for public recognitions or recent
accomplishments. The employer will surely take notice of your active interest.
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
you will bring to the company and how you will help them improve their profitability. Too much use of the word “I” will also
make your letter look elementary and poorly written.
For executive-level candidates and professionals with substantial achievements, a bullet point format is often the most
effective and efficient way to highlight accomplishments. If you fall into this category, be sure to keep the bullet point
statements unique and fresh. Do not copy and paste the exact same phrases from the resume as it will make you look
lazy. All sentences and achievements transferred from the resume should be rephrased.
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.
To demonstrate your drive and interest, mention that you will call within a week to follow up. This is a great way to ensure
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.