Dear Human Resources Director:
I am a financial analyst at a firm in Los Angeles but desire to move out of such a busy city and into a more peaceful environment. After much research, my wife and I have chosen Portland, Oregon as the ideal place to raise our 2 small children. My name is Jonathan Cox and I have 3 years’ experience as a financial analyst at XYZ Partners in L.A. where I have learned a great deal about conducting financial research, creating custom reports for clients and functioning effectively on a team in a fast-paced environment facing tight deadlines. In addition, I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from The University of Washington in Seattle.
I have a consistent track record of combining sound business practices and financial leadership with the goal of positioning companies for strong profitability and long-term growth. I am a resourceful problem-solver with excellent management, analytical and communication skills. My director at XYZ Partners was kind enough to write a letter of reference for me which is attached to this letter with my resume.
My latest financial analysis project involved risk assessment, distribution data, management of global sales, use of strategic tools to accomplish established goals, creation of a financial forecast for the company and implementation of a plan of action for a large L.A. corporation. It was a tremendous challenge, but I thrive on challenges and look forward to many more. I find it extremely rewarding to help a client build a strong, successful corporation that provides stable jobs for employees and superior products and services for the public.
I am willing and able to come to your office for an interview at your convenience. I can be reached on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email] I am looking forward to moving to beautiful Oregon and would be able to start work any time. Thank you for your consideration.
Example 2 -Unadvertised Opening
This financial analyst cover letter example is from an individual who has recently earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Analysis and is looking for a job while she pursues her Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She is interested in working for a company where she can establish a long-term career.
Dear Human Resources Director:
My name is Nina Jacobs and I am a recent graduate of XYZ State University. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Analysis and have been accepted into the university’s Master’s Degree program in Business Administration. My plan is to attend class in the evening and work during the day, and I am confident that I have the necessary motivation, energy and organizational skills to handle both commitments.
I have completed your application and it is attached along with my resume and 2 letters of reference, one from my Fundamentals of Business Administration professor and the other from my Advanced Financial Analytics professor. While in college I worked as a bookkeeper for a local catering business. I handled accounts payable, accounts receivable and quarterly taxes for the owner of the business. I also prepared profit and loss reports and customized other client analysis reports that helped her determine which of her clients were the most profitable and which types of businesses generated the most revenue.
During my last semester in college I did an internship at XYZ Regional Medical Center in the Finance Department. Although I enjoyed the job, my co-workers were wonderful and the Finance Director offered me a full-time job, I really do not want to work long-term in a healthcare environment. I did, however, gain a tremendous amount of practical experience while working at the hospital as my internship coincided with the last quarter of their fiscal year and their formulation of a budget for the next year. Being a part of the wrap-up of a fiscal year and the writing of a new budget was an extremely valuable experience for me.
I hope you will review my application, resume and reference letters and consider my qualifications when you are looking for a financial analyst. I would be sincerely grateful for the opportunity to work at a company as well respected as the ABC Corporation where it is my desire to establish a long-term career. Should you have questions or wish to schedule an interview, I can be reached on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email]
Example 3 – Response to Job Postings and Classifieds Ads
This financial analyst cover letter example is from an individual who works in the Accounting Department of a recording company and is applying for the open position of financial analyst at the same recording company. The applicant has a Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Analysis from the University of San Diego.
Dear Mr. Grant:
My name is Miles Taylor and I work in the Accounting Department; however I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Financial analysis from the University of San Diego. I graduated from USD with honors in 2009 and immediately began working in Accounting here at XYZ Studios. I have been backing up the staff in the Financial Analysis Department when someone is out sick or on vacation. I believe I have the necessary analytical skills and knowledge of the company to handle the open position for an analyst that was recently posted on the company job board. Attached is my resume and a letter of reference that the Accounting Manager, Alex Archer was generous enough to write for me.
I possess all of the abilities listed in your job posting including business forecasting based on current financial trends and economic conditions; advising on innovative investment strategies; evaluating and comparing sources of revenues to determine which are overall the most effective; creating new revenue streams; interpreting current data to determine stability of a program along with the possible impact of future trends and any potential risks. I also work hard to stay abreast of developments in the recording industry as they relate to financial analysis by reading industry reports and publications. In addition, I have knowledge of how to formulate successful marketing strategies for a target audience.
I hope you will consider my attached application, resume and reference letter when filling the open position of financial analyst. I am an “out of the box” thinker and believe I could be an asset to the Financial Analysis Department at XYZ Studios. I am available for an interview anytime at your convenience and can be reached on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email] Thank you for your consideration.