- About BCI
Think you don’t need a cover letter to accompany your resume? Think again! Many employers do not consider applicants who apply without a cover letter.
A cover letter is your opportunity to inform the employer of the type of position you are seeking and how you are qualified for the position. A well-written cover letter can give the employer a glimpse at your personality. So go ahead, write that perfect cover letter by using the following tips:
1. All cover letters you send should be original. Tailor it to each job you are applying for. Take the time to do this! Companies know when they have received a generic cover letter and it shows lack of effort and true interest in the company. It must be addressed to the company and individual. Make sure to mention the job title you are applying for.
2. Write the cover letter in standard business-letter format.
3. Clearly state why you are writing the letter.
4. Clearly state skills and experiences relevant to the position. Be creative … don’t just rewrite your resume.
5. Make sure you invite the employer to interview you. Include numbers where you can be reached.
6. Make sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors.
7. Make sure the cover letter is no longer than one page.
Your resume plays a central role in launching your bookkeeping career after completing your education and training. It is your personal marketing piece: You are the product (hirable bookkeeper) and the employer is your potential customer. There is quite a lot of competition out there, so it is imperative that your resume stands out, is professional and adequately summarizes your skills, abilities and achievements. Showcasing specific BCI course certificates and earned bookkeeping certification is valuable real estate on your resume.
Your resume is the primary tool for your job search. It should tell the employer what you have done (course work, certifications, work history), what you can do (skills), and why you are a match for the job. It should offer a positive first impression and give preliminary indication of your professionalism, organization and creativity. It can also serve as an outline during the interview.
Your resume should summarize your skills, qualifications and experience. It should set you apart from other job seekers and position you for the interview.