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]

[Phone Number] | [e-mail]
September 17, 2019

Dear Hiring Manager,

I’m thrilled to be applying for the open Restaurant position with Bandit’s Bar & Grille which I saw posted on resume.com. I have over five years of restaurant experience and have been a loyal customer of Bandit’s Bar & Grille since it opened last year. I would be proud to join the team of the best steakhouse in town!

I’ve worked part time at a local seaside restaurant since high school. I started out as a dishwasher and worked my up to busboy, then host and finally server. The opportunity to experience such a variety of roles has given me a thorough insight into how all the teams of a restaurant work together to create a delightful dining experience.

I’m a team player and always look for opportunities to help my coworkers even when the tasks fall outside of my job description. Over the years I’ve learned how to anticipate the needs of my customers in order to provide them a high quality dining experience. As a result, I have many repeat customers who request to sit in my section each time they visit the restaurant!

I’ve always had a great experience when visiting Bandit’s and I am excited about the opportunity to join the team. I have no doubt that my superior customer service skills and familiarity with restaurant environments make me a strong candidate for the role. Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon regarding an interview!


How to write a restaurant 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 restaurant 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