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Table of Contents
- Entry-Level Waiter Cover Letter
- Related Cover Letters
- Entry-Level Waitress Cover Letter (Text Format)
- Writing Tips for your Cover Letter
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1. Entry-Level Waiter Cover Letter
Based on the following resume (click to enlarge):
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2. Related Cover Letters
3. Entry-Level Waitress Cover Letter (Text Format)
Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. (Manager’s Name)
Dear Mr Name of the hiring manager,
I am writing to you today regarding the open position for Food Service Worker at (Company Name). I came across your posting on (Website Name), and am excited by the possibility of joining your establishment.
As a customer service driven individual who has a proven history of exceeding performance expectations, I believe I would be a strong addition to your team, and contribute to the ongoing operational success of your company. Some of the key talents I can bring to your company include safety/sanitation/quality control, inventory management, team building and training, and accurately determining a customer’s needs before providing them with prompt service.
My present employment at Bob’s Steak House as a Food Service Assistant has helped me to develop my abilities in key areas such as meeting and greeting customers, making reservations in person and over the phone, maintaining hygiene, and training and assisting new employees.
Your company is a market leader in the food service industry, and I would love to become a part of your winning team. I am confident that I can smoothly fit into your company culture. I will be an excellent candidate for your vacancy as I have a proven track record of attaining exceptional customer service satisfaction levels.
I have enclosed my resume for your review, and would be thankful for an opportunity to meet with you in the near future to further discuss my application.
T: Phone number
E: email address
4. Writing Tips for your Cover Letter
Below are 3 essential pieces advice that you should consider when writing your entry-level food service cover letter:
Customer Service is Key
The foundation of any waitstaff job is good customer service. Without it, your career in food service will be short-lived. So don’t be surprised that restaurant managers emphasize the need for this skill over any other. Although the candidate above has no experience as a waiter, they address their ability to keep customers satisfied by referencing their past experience as a food service assistant. Don’t worry if you have no experience in the food service industry. You can include any experience you have had working with customers.
Demonstrate your Knowledge of the Restaurant
Managers love it when applicants are already familiar with the restaurant’s culture, history, and most importantly, the menu. The more you already know, the less time the supervisor has to spend on training you. An easy way to catch the manager’s attention n your cover letter is list and describe a few of your favorite dishes from the restaurant. This will demonstrate that you are familiar with their food and will be enthusiastic to sell their food.
Show that you are a Team Player
A restaurant can’t operate efficiently without the collaboration of each department. The hosts, chefs, bartenders, and waitstaff all must work as one. Devote at least one or two sentences in your cover letter to explain how you can easily adjust to any team dynamic.
I'm always pushing job seekers to use a relaxed tone in their cover letters. But sometimes a formal cover letter is the right way to go. This is one of those times.
Andrew's Cover Letter for My Review
Andrew sent me this cover letter sample, asking for my help with his entry-level job search.
With this covering letter and attached resume, I would like to express my interest in obtaining employment for an entry-level job position. I submit my qualifications and interest in working with your reputed institution. I have a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree in Accounting from the African Methodist Episcopal University. It is often said that to operate effectively within a financial environment, one must be tenacious, analytical, and highly dedicated. I want to obtain a full position in a banking institution that will utilize my analytical and financial background. I can assure you that if given this opportunity, I would be pleased to apply my competencies to add value as a member of your team. I would relish the challenge of working for such a high-profile institution and admire your commitment to customer service.Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to you to arrange an interview.
Enclosures: Resume and References.
My Take on Andrew's Rather Formal Cover Letter
I really like the polite tone of your cover letter. Thank you for sharing it with us.
I have a few comments that I hope will make it a bit better.
- Although it was once common to start a letter with "Dear Sir/Madam" it is now considered old-fashioned. It would be better to start with "Dear Hiring Manager" or "Dear Manager."
- The word "reputed" seems a little too much (almost like flattery). I suggest you delete that word.
- It would be good to make a new paragraph with the sentence "It is often said...".
- Perhaps you could say "I would like to obtain..." instead of "I want to obtain...". It's just a little more gentle.
- See how it looks if you make another new paragraph with the sentence, "I can assure you...".
- In the same sentence, I suggest you delete "be pleased to" and "apply my competencies to" so it reads: "I can assure you that if given this opportunity, I would add value as a member of your team."
- In the next sentence, the word "relish" is not quite right. I suggest using "welcome" instead. Also, I suggest using "would uphold" instead of "admire."
- The last sentence needs help. Here's another way to close your letter: "I would very much appreciate the opportunity of a job interview."
The overall tone of your letter is bit formal, but I think it is appropriate given your field. It also hints that you are from a non-American culture. If I'm correct about this, then the tone of your letter is very good. If you want to sound more American (not something I'm pushing for) then think about rewriting the whole thing with a more relaxed tone.
A Quick Rewrite of Andrew's Cover Letter Sample
I took a stab at rewriting your cover letter, using the points above and making a few more edits. Here you go.
With this cover letter and attached resume, I would like to express my interest in obtaining employment for an entry-level position at ____ (name of firm). I have a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Accounting from the African Methodist Episcopal University.
It is often said that to operate effectively within a financial environment, one must be tenacious, analytical, and highly dedicated. I can assure you that as a member of your team, I would bring these attributes to your firm. I would welcome the challenge of working for such a high-profile institution and would uphold your commitment to excellent customer service.
Thank you for your consideration. I would very much appreciate the opportunity of a job interview.
Enclosures: Resume and References
I think this version keeps your formal tone while making your message a little more streamlined. I hope it helps you land that entry-level job you're looking for.
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