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 Hiring Manager,

I am thrilled to submit my resume for your consideration for the role of Server within your highly acclaimed restaurant, Seaside Grille. I am confident that my 4 years of experience in the food service industry and my collaborative attitude make me a top candidate for this role.

With my last position as Server at a popular local Mexican restaurant my efficiency at solving problems and ability to work independently allowed me to grow from hostess to head server within just 8 months of working there. My responsibilities included managing a team of servers, training new employees, and ensuring that each guest receive an excellent dining experience.

I a team player, always eager to assist my coworkers wherever they need help. I’m service oriented and always try to go above and beyond for my customers. As a result, I have received a number of customer service awards throughout my short career.

I’m confident that I will surpass your expectations for this role of given the opportunity. It would be a thrill to be able to work for a restaurant with such a stellar reputation. My resume and references are attached. Please feel free to contact me at any time.
Thank you for your consideration.

[Your Name]

[Phone Number]

How to write a server 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 server
  • 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