What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?
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!
Dear Hiring Manager,
Last week I took my wife to your restaurant, Moonlight Grille, for our anniversary dinner and we had the most delicious lobster bisque that I've tasted in years and we experienced wonderful customer service. That is why I was thrilled to come across your ad for a Restaurant Manager on Resume.com the other day. With 5 years of restaurant management experience and over 10 years experience in the food service industry, I'm confident that I would make an excellent part of your stellar team.
For the past 5 years I've been managing a branch of the popular Sirloin Steakhouse, where I am responsible for coordinating staff schedules and ensuring that all customers have a superior dining experience. Within this role I’ve been exposed to the inner workings of a large corporation. As a result, I've learned a lot about business and can evaluate my own role from a corporate perspective.
I'm no stranger to the foodservice industry. I worked my way through college as a busboy and server at a local diner, before finally moving into my management role. I believe the fact that I've worked in multiple roles within restaurants is a huge asset when it comes to being a manager. I know how to set realistic goals for my employees, and I can understand their struggles because I’ve been in their shoes.
After 5 years working for a chain, I'm eager for the opportunity to work with an independently owned restaurant. I know that my broad experience in restaurant industry will be a huge asset to your business. Given the wonderful dining experience that I recently had, I have no doubt that your restaurant is destined to be a massive hit. I would be honored to be part of your success.
Thank you for taking the time to view my application. I hope to speak to you soon regarding an interview.
How to write a restaurant manager 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 restaurant manager
- 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