What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?

Senior Technical Recruiter, Indeed
J. Palmer

I’m an experienced recruiter and I’ve been a hiring manager, too. I’ve seen the same mistakes again and again throughout my career. But if you take a little extra time to avoid these common problems, your cover letter should really stand out!

Remember these four questions to help you write a successful cover letter and get hired:

  • Why do you want to work for the company? What interests you about them?
    • Talk about how your personality and skills align with what they do
  • Why are you a good fit for this company and the job?
    • Write about how your past work, life experiences and skills meet the important requirements of the job
  • How are you personalizing this cover letter sample?
    • Tailor your cover letter to the job you’re applying for
    • Address the cover letter to whoever will be reading it. If you don’t know who will be reading it, you can address it as “To the Hiring Committee” or “To the Hiring Manager”
  • Have you proofread your cover letter?
    • Make sure to check for correct spelling and grammar before sending out your cover letter!

[Your Name]
September 17, 2019

  • [Phone Number]
  • [e-mail]

Dear Mrs. Jones,

I am writing to express my sincere interest in the position of Barista with ABC Coffee Shop. With over three years of experience serving a variety of coffee and tea beverages, I am confident in my ability to immediately add value to your team.

During my career as a Barista, I have worked in fast-casual, full-service dining, and hotel settings where I served between fifteen and sixty customers per day. In addition to pouring coffee, I am currently perfecting my latte art skills. My expansive skill set includes customer service, food service, beverage service, and inventory. I am dedicated to providing legendary service to guests using a customer-comes-first attitude.

Having previously worked for a leader in the industry, I know how to set a positive example for your shift team. I have completed numerous training modules on cleanliness, organization, positive reinforcement, and employee morale.

I am extremely eager about the opportunity to join your team, as I am a big fan of your establishment and have been enjoying your coffee for the past five years.
Thank you in advance for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you!


How to write a barista cover letter?

  • Include your full name and contact information at the top of your cover letter
  • Start the cover letter by respectfully addressing the recipient by name
  • Mention where you found the job posting and your interest in the opportunity
  • Use the first paragraph to explain why you would be a great hire as the barista
  • Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
  • Thank the reader and express interest in discussing the role in more detail
  • End the cover letter with a professional sign-off and your full name
  • Your cover letter should be one-page or or less in length