Aug 23, 2018 - 04:04 AM
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is using the same letter for all your applications. You need to take the time to tailor your documents to the job you want to get even if it is entry-level. This means doing some research on a company, so you can impress the hiring manager with your skills, knowledge and experience.
Because you're trying to get a minimum wage job, you may not have much experience. Rather than apologize to the employer, sell yourself. You may not have all the qualifications, but you can describe the transferable skills that will help you do the job well.
In some cases, you may not need this document. If you're applying online, there may not be a way for you to include a cover letter. Writing a cover letter for an entry-level job may not always be necessary, but it can help you stand out.
Nov 29, 2018 - 12:11 PM
While others may not think a cover letter is required for such a job, your efforts will stand out to an employer and make you seem more professional and interested in the job and in the organization. You should always try to address your letter directly to the hiring manager or contact person who is listed in the ad. If the hiring manager or contact person is not listed in the ad, consider reaching out to the company to find out the name of the hiring manager or contact person. You could also check the company website to see if the information can be found there.
If you still can’t find a name, use the head of the department where the job is open (sales, warehouse, delivery). If all else fails, use this always-safe opening: “Dear Hiring Manager.” When writing your cover letter, look for themes that seem important to the employer (ability to multi-task, fast-paced, goal-driven) and emphasize those skills in your resume. For example: “I have experience juggling multiple tasks at one time in a fast-paced restaurant environment, while also meeting team goals of upselling restaurant-themed memorabilia.”
For additional guidance on cover letter writing, check out LiveCareer’s How to Write a Cover Letterpage.