123 Elm Street ▪ Grand Rapids, MI 49506 ▪ 616.555.5555 ▪ email@example.com
FINANCIAL CONSULTATION: Account Management Program Leadership Customer Relationships
Bottom-Line Profitability Term Negotiations Market/Trend Analysis
Strategic sales leader experienced in account development and management. Proven record of accomplishment in
successfully initiating and establishing new business. Expert in developing and implementing sales strategies to drive
new business. Attend trade shows and leverage available resources to meet clients’ changing needs. Strengths in
relationship building, with exceptional networking and partnering abilities.
F INANCIAL CONSULTANT | ABC FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS, Grand Rapids, MI – 20xx to 20xx
Provided onsite financial consulting services to clients for this national consulting firm offering a variety of financial,
accounting, audit and project management services. Conducted Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 consulting services.
Interviewed subject matter experts, documented processes, identified financial controls, and remediated
controls/gaps. Devised flow charts, created test plans, developed testing plans, and tested controls. Assessed
internal control design using control objectives/financial statement assertions. Coordinated with internal/external
auditors. Complied with Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404, COSO, PCAOB and the SEC. Prepared partnership/property
Assumed the role of Interim CFO/Controller for Federation Inc. and performed duties for five months;
selected and hired as Federation Inc.’s Corporate Controller in September 20xx.
Advised clients across a wide range of industries including oil and gas, restaurants, mining, apartment
investment and management, and a publicly traded real estate investment trust.
Played a key role in reconciling general partner loans.
Developed/analyzed an accretion model and goodwill impairment model.
Examined and prepared real estate sales and disposition cash flow waterfall distribution models in
advancement of management evaluation on potential properties for sale.
Automated processes by revamping the Microsoft Access based ownership database; assembled and
validated data, created database tables, and redeveloped application software.
F INANCIAL CONSULTANT | BCD NATIONAL, Grand Rapids, MI – 20xx to 20xx
Developed affluent investor relationships utilizing a niche-focused client acquisition strategy. Marketed a
proprietary, advice-based suite of wealth management products and services.
Generated $75,000 in revenue from $5 million in assets under management.
Equity Derivatives Consultant: Utilized a proprietary trading platform to model and exercise nonqualified, incentive
stock option and stock appreciation right grants for plan participants at Fortune 500 corporations. Executed
participant stock sale market and limit orders for unrestricted and performance share grants.
Completed 1000 trades under strict time constraints without any trading errors.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATION : BBA, ACCOUNTING , UNIVERSITY OF XYZ, Grand Rapids, MI, 20xx
CERTIFIED P UBLIC ACCOUNTANT , STATE OF MICHIGAN, 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.