J ESSE K ENDALL 123 Elm Street • Reno, NV 89504
email@example.com (775) 555-5555 (H) • (775) 444-4444 (C)
C AREER P ROFILE
Analytical and well-organized senior public accountant with experience in preparing corporate and
individual tax returns. Demonstrated expertise in identifying tax savings and performing tax adjustments.
Possess Series 7, Series 66, and New York Life and Health Insurance licenses. Proficient in Microsoft Office,
QuickBooks, CCH ProSystems fx, NaviPlan, and Professional Profiles. Core Knowledge & Skill Areas:
Public Accounting Federal/State Tax Returns Tax Savings
Fixed Asset Schedules Qualified Retirement Plans Financial Planning
Payroll Accounts Payable/Receivable Tax Assets/Liabilities
ABC ENTERPRISES LLP, Reno, NV 20xx – 20xx
Senior Associate, Tax Department
Examined federal and state tax returns for completeness and accuracy, including Forms 1120, 1120S, 1065,
990, 1040, and various state returns for multinational and multistate clients. Supervised junior associates;
trained them on tax concepts and how to prepare various tax returns for clients. Projected annual taxable
income and prepared quarterly estimates for federal and state taxes. Calculated deferred tax assets and
liabilities utilizing SFAS 109 standards. Prepared engagement letters, scheduling requests, and client
information requests. Researched complex tax issues, identified potential tax-saving ideas, and expanded
Persuaded management to expand services to become the off-site tax department for the largest client.
Developed a training program for new Associates to introduce tax concepts, software that auditors
use, interpreting audit information, tax department software, and tax preparation, which shortened
the learning curve and boosted productivity in less time.
BCD CORPORATION, Reno, NV 20xx – 20xx
Associate, Tax Department
Prepared federal and state tax returns—Forms 1120-C for corporations, 1120-S for S corporations, 1065 for
LLCs and partnerships, 990 for trusts, and 1040 for individual tax returns. Served multinational companies
and multi-state companies operating in as many as 20 to 30 different states. Assessed balance sheets and
income statements for necessary tax adjustments and performed accrual to cash conversions. Made book to
tax adjustments in accordance with IRS regulations. Completed federal and state quarterly estimates for taxes.
Maintained and reviewed fixed asset schedules to calculate tax depreciation and ensure proper recognition of
asset acquisitions and disposals.
Promoted within two years from initial Tax Accountant position.
Chosen to participate in recruiting activities, conducting presentations on public accounting and the
firm at career fairs and business classes.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting, 20xx, 3.8 GPA
XYZ University, Reno, NV
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.