J ESSE K ENDALL
123 Elm Street Clovis, NM 88103 505.555.5555 email@example.com
Multi-lingual, accomplished, and dynamic Accounting Supervisor with proven cost cutting, productivity
improvement, troubleshooting and analytical skills
HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATIONS
Expertise in all aspects of accounting, including accounts payables, accounts receivables, financial reporting, payroll
administration, bank reconciliations, and tax accounting.
Experienced in accounting operations and in designing / maintaining sound internal controls.
Demonstrated track record in increasing efficiency, boosting productivity, and slashing operational expenses.
“I am informed that the 401-K plan is fully on line and working well regarding payroll contributions and investments. This has
been pretty much a world’s record for plan adoption and implementation – very few go smoothly. Full credit is due Jesse
Kendall for her responsiveness and attention to detail.” John Smith, Assistant Vice President, ABC Corporation International
“Mrs. Kendall was a very valuable member of our accounting department... I received many favorable comments about Mrs.
Kendall from her coworkers…” Jane Dowe, President, BCD Incorporation
ABC CORPORATION INTERNATIONAL, Clovis, NM 20xx – Present
ACCOUNTING SUPERVISOR: Supervise Accounts Payable and Cash Departments, leading teams of up to five in
accounting activities for a nationwide funeral and cemetery management company. Issue cash disbursements, financial
statements, and company contracts to various locations and departments. Reconcile balance sheet and income statement
accounts. Prepare written analysis of the monthly consolidated financial statements and provide variance analysis between the
current cost and trusted cost for different types of merchandise.
● Ensured full SOX compliance by verifying the accuracy of contract postings in a timely manner; completed quarterly
reviews of cash receipts, contracts, and account receivables.
● Increased cash flow by carefully reviewing cancelled contracts with property for care credits.
● Created accounts payable coding process to accurately record expenditures.
● Awarded a certificate for excellent work done in the verification of deliveries for SOX compliance.
BCD INCORPORATION, Clovis, NM 20xx – 20xx
ACCOUNTANT SUPERVISOR: Tracked trust account deposits and withdrawals; prepared and reconciled trust schedules for
state audit. Reviewed cancelled contracts for possible care trust withdrawal. Processed remediation refunds. Facilitated the
preparation of the company’s annual budget. Developed monthly reports to monitor revenue levels and cost of goods sold.
Tracked merchandise product costs and real estate/personal property taxes.
● Quickly prepared trust reconciliations for the 2000 state audit on short notice.
● Went above and beyond accounting duties by assisting in the inventory count of merchandise for various cemetery
locations; maintained warehouse logs.
● Earned certificates for CEAS SOX Compliance, funeral home and cemetery accounting, trust accounting, A/P, and
managing employee effectiveness.
XYZ College, Clovis, NM, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, 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.