If you’re looking for a position as a server or waiter, never send a resume without a cover letter. The cover letter will pique the hiring manager’s interest in your resume and convince them to take the next step: the interview.
Type of Cover Letter
When looking for a job in the restaurant/food industry, there are two types of cover letters you can send out.
- An application letter is used when you’re looking at a specific position found in your job search. That means the establishment you’re writing to is looking for candidates to fill slots and you believe you fit the bill.
- A prospecting letter is sent to a hiring manager on spec. That means the business hasn’t actively advertised any positions but you’re inquiring about the possibility. Many a candidate has been fortunate enough to have the talent and experience to get the job because the hiring manager was unable to pass up having that person on their team.
Know what kind of cover letter you’re sending out and design it for that purpose.
I saw your post for a server on Monster.com. I am confident I have the necessary skill and background that you are looking for. I believe I bring a level of experience to the table that will help the company grow and maintain its current reputation as an exemplary place to get a good meal.
For the last two years, I have been employed at TGIF’s as a Head Server. That has helped me learn a lot about restaurant franchises and that includes your management training program. I am very interested in learning more about your program and any other employment opportunities.
These letters should encourage interest in you and how you are an asset. Close out the cover letter with all phone numbers and emails, and let them know which should be favored for contacting you.
Content of Your Cover Letter
A waiter and server cover letter should not repeat what’s already in the resume. It should promote and complement the material, convincing the hiring manager to go further. The cover letter will be the first impression and should be the personal touch that leads to the fact based resume.
Tailor each letter to the company you’re applying to. Don’t simply substitute company and position names. A good cover letter will give reasons for interest in that organization and why your relevant experiences would be of benefit to that specific organization. The cover letter should demonstrate a level of interest and knowledge of the organization and position.
Keep it personal. A resume has to be a list of accomplishments and responsibilities. The cover letter is your chance to humbly talk about how great you are. Mention your professionalism in always ensuring every customer gets the highest level of service. Talk about why you love your job and how that enthusiasm will be brought with you to any new position. Always reference your strong attention to detail and prove this with an example. This is an important quality in any employee but it’s hard to flat out say that in a resume.
Thank the hiring manager for reading the letter and reviewing your resume. Suggest a good time and best way to contact you. Many suggest you offer to call at some point. We advise against that. Hiring managers are busy and if they are interested they do not need reminders of your existence.