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]
September 17, 2019

  • [Phone Number]
  • [e-mail]

Dear Hiring Manager,

I write to you in response to the advertisement for a Waitress with the Palm Grille. I have been working in the food service industry for over 10 years and I am currently the head server at Foodies Cafe. I have been looking to scale my career and I would be thrilled for the opportunity to be part of such a prestigious chain like the Palm Grille.

Previously I worked as head hostess for the French Noir Inn, where I obtained the highest customer satisfaction rate during the 4 years I worked for the company. My passion for the job, skills and strong attention to details, along with my profound knowledge of food and wine pairings makes me a perfect fit for your restaurant’s staff.

I understand that waiting tables requires not only the ability to bring customers their orders, but also provide them with proper information and advice on their plates, have deep knowledge of the in-house menu and work under an incredible amount of pressure. I embody all of those qualities, plus strong communication skills which allow me to offer an exceptional dining experience.

I am aware that the Palm Grille has a nationally renowned management training program and I would really love to work my way up to Restaurant Manager one day. I am confident that my previous waitressing experience, my customer service skills and my interest in a longterm career in the restaurant industry make me a top candidate for the role. It would be my pleasure to work with you.

I’ve attached my resume along with several references. I thank you for your consideration and hope to speak to you soon to learn more about the role.


How to write a waitress 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 waitress
  • 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