A financial analyst cover letter should accompany a resume when a person is seeking the job of financial analyst for a large corporation, a government position or for a wealthy individual and family. A resume should never be sent without a cover letter. The cover letter will be the first contact the employer has with the applicant, which is why it should make a good impression. The letter should be engaging, creative and stand out from all the other applicants.
The applicant should convey through the letter that they are knowledgeable of the company that will receive the application. This means that if a person is applying for several jobs at the same time, they need to personalize each cover letter. The letter should be directed to the hiring executive or human resources (HR) person for a personalized greeting that will help the letter stand out compared with letters directed To Whom it May Concern.
The aim of a good employment cover letter is to make the recipient look at the resume. This means the letter must not only contain pertinent information about the applicant’s qualifications, but should also contain some special point. This is not the place to list all the educational qualifications because those are presented in the resume. Cover letters also need to make a good presentation without spelling or grammatical errors. Either one of these could mean the letter is filed in the trash. Other things that may get a resume filed in the trash basket are:
• Overly long letters
• Generic letters that could go to any company
• Template letters that have no personal touch
• Getting the company’s name wrong
A good cover letter can mean the difference between getting a job or not. The HR person should be able to easily find the position for which the candidate is applying. The HR person may have many different jobs advertised and not take the time to read the resume and match it to a job. Some of the points that need to be clearly expressed in the letter are:
• Knowledge and understanding of the particular job
• Interest in working for that particular company
• What the applicant can offer the company
• Confidence that he or she is the right person for the job
• The applicant’s achievements and accomplishments
• How the candidate learned about the position
The applicant should not be shy in showcasing their talents in the field. They should mention specific skills and clearly present the reasons with concrete examples of why they would be the best candidate for the job.
Below is a sample cover letter to be enclosed with the applicant’s resume. It should be not more than one page, written in formal, business-style and sent by certified mail, so the applicant gets confirmation that it has been received. Two weeks after the HR director has received the letter, the applicant should call to follow-up the status of their application.
Sample Financial Analyst Cover Letter
Name of Applicant
Address of Applicant
City, State, Zip Code
Human Resources Director’s Name
City, State, Zip Code
Dear HR Director’s Name,
I would like to apply for the position of Financial Analyst to assist with the company’s efforts in sustainable living that is advertised on your website. I would consider it a privilege to work for your company because I have been following its strides in the field of sustainable living for the past five years. I believe my experience can be of benefit to your efforts. I understand that your company is looking for self-directed, enthusiastic employees who understand deadlines, and I can honestly say that describes me perfectly.
I have been doing financial analysis for a small construction company, Name of Company, in Name of City that is focusing on building environmentally friendly homes. I have done labor and material cost effectiveness as well as budget forecasting for sustainable and low carbon footprint products in the construction industry. I believe my expertise in this field can help your company be a corporate leader in reducing global warming.
I have worked with several teams for various projects including sustainable wood, HVAC systems and bathroom and kitchen fixtures and have been the team leader for the past year. I believe it is time for me to move on to a more challenging position and will welcome learning new financial models and software.
Please view the enclosed resume where you can see my qualifications. I will be grateful to have the opportunity to meet with you in the near future, to discuss the job and answer any questions you have. If you require any further information, please contact me at Name@email.com or at 555-123-4567.
Thank you for your time and attention to my application.
Signature of Applicant
Printed Name of Applicant
By Andre Bradley