Are you ready to start or continue a career in the restaurant industry? A polished resume isn't enough to set you apart from other applicants. You’ll also need a compelling, well-written cover letter that expresses why you really want the job, and what you can bring to the (dining) table. Writing a strong restaurant cover letter will help you land a job you'll love in the exciting and fast-paced restaurant world.
Formatting Your Letter
When writing a restaurant cover letter, you should include a heading, located in the top left of the cover letter. It contains your name, address, phone number, and email address. Below the heading should be the date you write the letter.
Following the date, include the inside address which should contain the name of the hiring manager and the restaurant's address. The next section, the greeting, should either be specific, if you know the hiring manager's name, or generic. For instance, Dear Mr. Smith or To Whom It May Concern are appropriate greetings.
Body: The “Meat” of Your Letter
The meat of the cover letter is the body. You should write a total of 3 paragraphs in the body. In the first paragraph, explain what position you are applying for, give a brief description of your background, and why you are interested the job. Make sure you are truthful about your background, and don’t embellish.
In the second paragraph, sell yourself by showcasing your strengths in the restaurant business. Add why you would be a positive addition and give examples of job experiences that relate to the position. For example, write about a time when you had to multi-task or please an irritated customer. Specific job experiences will prove that you have the skills needed to succeed in a high-stress, fast-paced environment.
In the third paragraph you should write about your next steps. These include calling to confirm that your resume and application were received and expressing your enthusiasm at the chance of an interview. Overall, the body should highlight your personality, experience, and qualifications.
Closing and Signature
In the conclusion of your cover letter, write a closing and your signature. The closing should be professional. Examples include Sincerely or Regards. Avoid a closing that is informal; you want to come across as being a serious applicant for the position.
Finally, remember to include both a handwritten and typed signature at the bottom of the letter. Although some may think that these parts of the letter aren't as important as the body, following the appropriate format for the closing and signature shows that you'll follow procedures concerning the position you want.
A well-written cover letter will help you get the interview that can lead to the restaurant job you’ve always wanted. To write a top-notch cover letter and resume, make sure to follow a clear structure, and include all the relevant information about your background, and about how to contact you. Check out LiveCareer for our Cover Letter Builder and dozens of examples and templates that will help you get your message across to potential employers.
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