What should be in an accounts assistant cover letter?

If you’re applying for a job as an accounts assistant you’re probably quite organised and methodical. You need to apply those same skills to your cover letter to make sure it not only reads well, but shows a potential employer just how right you are for the job.

Why do people still use cover letters for accounts assistant roles?

Your CV is your record of qualifications and experience and a vital part of the application process. But sending it to a hiring manager without a first-class cover letter is a bit like a sandwich without the filling – you give the hiring manager the necessary detail but without any personality or information that makes you stand out from the crowd.

A cover letter is your chance to show prospective employers why you’d make a good accounts assistant. It’s not just a regurgitation of your CV. It gives you a chance to pick out those key skills you have such as finance knowledge and bookkeeping that make you right for the job.

What to include in a cover letter for an accounts assistant

Employers will want to know what accountancy experience you have – do you have financial management experience? Can you carry out bookkeeping? Do you have experience with payroll and invoicing? 

But they’ll also want to know about your softer business skills such as organisational skills, analytical skills, leadership skills, communication and problem-solving skills.

  • Financial experience – Make sure you include any accounting responsibilities you have undertaken in the past. You can provide specific examples of what you have learned and instances where you excelled.
  • Administrative experience – As an accounts assistant you’ll be expected to undertake certain administrative functions so demonstrating good organisational skills, time management, record keeping, database management, filing and dealing with queries will also be important.
  • No experience – Don’t worry if this is your first time applying for a role. You can mention any recent qualifications you might have gained as well as draw on transferable skills you’ve picked up from other related roles, work experience or voluntary positions. If you’re a school leaver you might be able to demonstrate skills you learned working on a particular project, for example.
  • Use keywords – Check back on the job application and match your skills to the key ones listed in the advert.
  • Why you want the job – Make sure you explain why you want the accounts assistant role and what you could bring to it. Describe how your particular skill set will be of benefit to the company.

Top tips

  • Keep it concise, no more than one sheet of A4
  • Proofread your work and get someone else to check it through
  • Address it to the right person by name, no “Dear Sir/Madam”
  • Research the company so you can write confidently about why you would be useful to it
  • Include where you found out about the accounts assistant role and close with “Yours sincerely,”

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