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]

  • [Phone Number]
  • [e-mail]

Hi Laura,

I’ve loved food for as long as I can remember. There is something about watching someone take that first bite into their food that never fails to excite me. I knew that I wanted to be involved in the food service industry ever since my mother taught me how to cook. Indeed, that is exactly where my career path has taken me and I am certain that my experience makes me a strong candidate for your open Food Service position at Fran’s Fine Dining.

I have been working at Mom’s Perfect Pancakes for over three years, where I work in food service for a busy breakfast diner. During my time in this position, I’ve developed my cooking skills, managing everything from food preparation and menu item creation, all the way to kitchen cleaning and ordering food supplies.

My cooking and communication skills are unmatched but I really shine as a problem solver. I understand the importance of being able to work as a team member in a fast-paced food environment, all the while maintaining a level head and remaining calm under pressure. I consider myself a well-rounded candidate with a true passion for food service.

I’m aware of the hype around Fran’s Fine Dining; the food is the best in town. It would be my honor to work for such a well-loved restaurant and I am excited to be submitting my application.

I’d love to speak to you about how I would the best candidate for your open Food Service position. I am available for a phone call and/or interview at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your consideration. I hope to hear from you soon.

How to write a food service worker 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 food service worker
  • 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