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Resume Tips: include a cover letter

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Your resume is the first step to landing that next great job — take it from us. Here are our tips to help make your resume really stand out.

There’s always been debate on whether or not including a cover letter for a restaurant application is necessary, but now that people have moved away from door-to-door applications — including a cover letter is a good idea. It’s also a lot more common to see employers request a cover letter in their job post, and even if they don’t, submitting one anyways goes a long way in adding a personal touch and showing that you’re willing to go the extra mile.

When crafting your cover letter for a restaurant job, it doesn’t need to be a four-paragraph essay or complex. Just include enough information to develop a connection between your resume and why you’re applying for the job. Keeping the cover letter to two paragraphs should suffice. In the first paragraph, introduce who you are and why you are applying for the job. This could be the place to mention something you admire about the company, something that sparked your interest from the job ad, or if someone referred you to the job.

In the second paragraph, go into more detail about your experience, skills, and what you will bring to the position and the team. This can be especially important if you have gaps in your work history or are making a career change in the restaurant industry. The cover letter is the opportunity to explain your resume and how your experience makes you a great fit in a little more detail, hopefully landing you an interview!

 

Ashley Lange

Ashley Lange likes to cook, loves to bake and is always day-dreaming of her next meal. Ashley has spent the last 10 years in various roles within the food industry and is currently a server in Portland, Oregon.

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