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Bookkeeper Cover Letter: Sample, Format, & Writing Guide

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Bookkeeper Cover Letter Sample

Carl Ibarra




Anne Vukcic

HR Director

Gray’s Sporting Goods

3559 Oakwood Circle

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Dear Ms. Vukcic,

Considering Gray Sports’ designation as one of the best businesses to work for in Workday Global’s 2020 list of small business employers, I was excited when I saw the opening for a bookkeeper on LinkedIn. With my 5 years of experience in small business bookkeeping and my AIPB certification, I’m sure I can help with your current goals.

Your job posting asks for a bookkeeper with skills in tax prep, Quickbooks, and A/P. In the past five years, I achieved the following:

  • Business tax prep. Handled month-end close and tax filing. Discovered and fixed a recurring error that saved $4,000 annually.
  • Quickbooks. Implemented a Quickbooks system in our office that slashed record keeping time by 35%.
  • A/P. Managed our A/P system and fixed a recurring issue, putting a stop to over $1,000 in late fees per year.

You’ll find my resume well-stocked with similar achievements that fit your job posting’s requirements. I’m looking forward to achieving similar gains at Gray’s Sporting Goods. Could we plan a chat or meeting to discuss next steps?

Kind regards,

Carl Ibarra



That’s an in-the-black bookkeeping cover letter example.

But what about your resume? See our guide: Bookkeeper Resume Sample

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Now, here’s how to write a bookkeeper cover letter.

Bookkeeper Cover Letter Template

Here’s how to write a cover letter for a bookkeeper job application:

1. Use the right cover letter formatting and layout

Read more: Cover Letter Format

2. Create a presentable bookkeeper cover letter header

Read more: How and to Whom Should I Address a Cover Letter?

3. Use a personal greeting and write an interesting opening

  • Start with “Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],”
  • Write a head-turning first sentence.
  • Identify the job you’re applying to.
  • Cite your years of bookkeeping experience and one big accomplishment that matches the job.

Read more: How to Begin a Cover Letter

4. Prove you’re the perfect candidate

  • Remind the manager about the job requirements in the online listing.
  • Mention your best few achievements from your bookkeeper resume that fit.
  • Promise your resume has more where those came from.

Need more cover-letter-writing help? See our 101: Cover Letter: Sample and How to Write Yours

5. Explain why you want to join their organization

  • Give a compliment: mention a fact you like about the company.
  • Show you’re not just sending carbon-copies. Prove you like this organization.
  • Do this in your first, second, or third paragraph—but do it.
  • If you follow this step, they’ll know you’ll stay longer and work harder.

Did you know? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 1.7 million bookkeeping jobs. They pay a median of $40,240 per year—about $19 per hour.

6. Make an offer in the final paragraph of your bookkeeper cover letter

  • Ask for a chat or meeting to discuss how you can help.
  • Revisit what they’ll gain—remind them of your skills.

Read more: The Best Cover Letter Last Lines

7. Add a professional closing to the bottom of the page 

  • Close with your full name, phone number, and email address.
  • Consider adding a digital signature for extra professionalism.

That’s it! But—don’t just wait for a phone call. Follow up with an email or phone call next week, and then the following week. That’s like an extra ticket in your job search lottery. Learn more: Job Application Follow-Up Email Templates

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Tom Gerencer is a career expert and Certified Professional Resume Writer who has published over 200 in-depth articles on Zety. Since 2016, he has been sharing advice on all things recruitment from writing winning resumes and cover letters to getting a promotion. Linkedin

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