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!
September 17, 2019

[Your Name]

Dear Mrs. Jones,

I am writing to express my sincere interest in the position of Bartender with ABC Restaurant. With over three years of experience serving beer, wine, and cocktails, I am confident in my ability to immediately add value to your team.

During my career as a Bartender, I have worked in sports bar, craft cocktail lounge, restaurant, and dance club environments. My specialty is mixing custom, craft beverages using hand-press juices and homemade mixes.

I have an expansive knowledge of beer and wine and have taken several courses in food and wine pairings. At my current role, I serve an average of 60 customers per day at the bar and my average bar sales per shift is $3,000.

My customer service skills are second-to-none. I love interacting with guests, whether they are first timers or regulars. My friendly demeanour and helpful service always has customers coming back for more.

I am extremely eager about the opportunity to join your team, as I am a big fan of your cocktail list and would be honored to work alongside your award-winning mixologists.

Thank you in advance for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you!

[Your Name]

[Phone Number]

How to write a bartender 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 bartender
  • 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