When writing your finance cover letter, focus on how you can manage money successfully for the employer that posted the job. Also, emphasize your related skills like investment analysis, cost reduction, risk management, or complex problem-solving.

This guide will help you write a cover letter that gets you interviews for your next job in finance.

Finance Cover Letter Templates and Examples

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How To Write a Finance Cover Letter

Your finance cover letter should usually have five sections, in this order:

1. Heading

At the top of the page, include:

  • Your name and contact information
  • The date
  • The recipient’s name, title, company, and contact information (when available)

(Note: Feel free to omit this section if you send your letter by email and your contact details are part of your signature.)

Example


Kevin Jones
Accountant | [email protected] | (123) 456-7890 | 123 Address St., Seattle, WA

January 1, 2024

Sidney Wright
Head of Human Resources
Washington State University
(254) 710-3435
[email protected]

2. Salutation

If you can’t find the recipient’s name, use a variation of “Dear Hiring Manager.”

Examples


Dear Mr. Doe,

Dear Holman Enterprises Talent Specialist:

3. “Hook” or introduction

Catch the reader’s attention by citing an achievement from your resume or a key credential the company seeks in applicants.

Example


I’ve accumulated over 10 years of experience as a finance manager, and I was recently promoted to financial controller after earning Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) at Johns Hopkins University. I’m excited to partner with the University of California, Irvine, as a finance manager and put my skills to great use.

4. Body paragraph(s)

Explain why the job or employer interests you. Then, cite a few more of your key achievements or qualifications, possibly using bullet points.

Example


I’m inspired by Washington State University’s commitment to service and excited for the opportunity to use my skills as an accountant for the school. Some of my previous achievements include:

  • Improved low-performing accounts, increasing average revenue by 14%
  • Voted “employee of the month” multiple times in my three years with University of Washington
  • Partnered with procurement services to consolidate weekly classroom supply orders to bulk monthly orders, reducing supply costs by $10,000 annually

5. Closing

Finally, request an interview for the position.

Example


I would love to schedule an interview with you when you’re available. We can go into further detail about how my accounting skills can financially improve Holman Enterprises.

Best regards,

Sarah Black

Finance Cover Letter Tips

1. Show you can manage and grow assets

Start your letter by citing an improvement you made to financial systems or resources. Spell out how that success helped your employer achieve strategic goals or raise the bottom line.

Example


During my three years at the University of Washington as an accountant, I streamlined the school’s accounts payable and receivable system, leading to an increase in the efficiency of processing admissions. I look forward to bringing that same level of success to Washington State University.

2. Explain why you’re drawn to the opportunity

On a separate document or sheet of paper, take 10 minutes to brainstorm why this finance job or employer interests you. For instance, maybe you have an extensive background managing similar accounts or investments. Or perhaps the role centers on cost reduction, a skill area you’d like to develop further. While finance workers usually operate behind the scenes, they’re key to maintaining an organization’s integrity and reputation. So consider anything you know about the hiring company’s reputation and how that aligns with your own work ethic.

When you’re done brainstorming, review your notes: Do any stand out as important or persuasive? Take another 10 minutes to brainstorm and elaborate on them. Repeat this process until you have two or three concise sentences that speak to the job opening. By adding these to your cover letter, you can show hiring managers you read their job posting and are responding to it directly.

Example


The excellence and top-ranking reputation of the University of California, Irvine, is the main reason I want this finance manager role. I strive for excellence in my work and believe I can bring success to the school’s financial department.

3. Highlight your other strengths as a finance professional

Add a short list of bullet points to show your success in areas related to finance, such as cost reduction, revenue growth, or client relations. Where possible, quantify each achievement. For finance jobs, the best data to quantify are dollar amounts. But if those numbers don’t align with your job goal (such as moving from a large firm to a small startup), give percentages instead.

Example


I’m excited to share my past success that could benefit the company:

  • Held monthly meetings with department leads, creating a 55% increase in departments keeping within their budgets
  • Mentored new employees, leading them in company standards and increasing new-hire productivity
  • Earned my certified financial planner (CFP) credential

Finance Text-Only Cover Letter Templates and Examples

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Sarah Black
Senior Accountant | [email protected] | (123) 456-7890 | 123 Address St., Los Angeles, CA 90001

January 1, 2024

John Doe
Talent Specialist
Holman Enterprises
(987) 654-3210
[email protected]

Dear Mr. Doe,

My five years of accounting experience recently culminated in developing an error-catching seminar spanning three days and attended by other accountants within the company. This workshop resulted in 20% fewer errors demonstrated on monthly company-wide reports. I believe I can bring this same innovation to Holman Enterprises as a senior accountant.

I want to be part of the culture that has been created at Holman Enterprises. I’m excited to share my past success that could benefit the company:

  • Held monthly meetings with department leads, creating a 55% increase in departments keeping within their budgets
  • Mentored new employees, leading them in company standards and increasing new-hire productivity
  • Earned my CFP certification

I would love to schedule an interview with you when you’re available. We can go into further detail about how my accounting skills can financially improve Holman Enterprises.

Best regards,

Sarah Black

P.S. — I’d like to tell you more about how I produced end-of-year reports within the first week of January for four years straight.

Finance Cover Letter Frequently Asked Questions

Do I really need a cover letter for my job search?-

Yes, in most cases. Job postings today usually require or allow you to send a cover letter along with your resume. While not every hiring manager reads or prioritizes them, a well-crafted letter can only help you stand out from other applicants. It will also help you clarify what points you should emphasize during the interview.

What should my finance cover letter design look like?-

Make it look like your resume. Carry over all of that document’s basic format settings, like font style, line spacing, and page margins. Also, copy in the exact same contact header. Finance professionals should use a simple, traditional design across all their job search documents.

What’s the most important part of a cover letter?-

Any explanation you give for why the specific job opening or employer interests you. These details distinguish the cover letter from your resume and other application materials and can help you get past applicant tracking systems. They also set the stage for a good interview discussion about how you fit the role and the office’s work culture.

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