The cover letter example below is that of a job seeker applying for a position as a restaurant manager. The first paragraph starts by stating that the applicant is also a regular customer of the restaurant. That is an interesting statement in two respects: it may catch the curiosity of the employer and it is simply flattering. Knowing that the employer intends to open additional branches in nearby cities, the applicant drew attention to his experience managing multi-million dollar restaurant chains, including supervising the opening of 6 restaurants. The third paragraph of the cover letter lists some key accomplishments using bullet points. The fourth paragraph discusses the applicant's soft skills. The fifth paragraph of the cover letter concludes by reiterating the applicant's interest in the position.
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January 2, 2005
Ms. Bailey Addison
The Scandalous Starfish
456 Oak Stret
Miami, Florida 33172
Dear Ms. Addison,
Having dined at The Scandalous Starfish on several occasions and speaking to your staff members, I have identified your restaurant as one that values creativity, innovation, and results - all of which I can deliver.
As my resume depicts, I have extensive experience in managing multi-million dollar restaurant chains. Your establishment would certainly benefit from my expertise when you branch out into Fort Lauderdale next year. Having already supervised the openings of six different restaurants, I can show you how you can smoothly establish new properties while simultaneously improving the quality, service, and profitability of the entire chain.
For the past eight years, I have consistently delivered the same results in every restaurant I have managed:
- Finding and implementing tax break programs that have saved up to $120K per year.
- Creating employee incentive programs; increasing sales and customer satisfaction.
- Dramatically decreasing food, beverage, and business costs through innovation and negotiation.
As you can see, I possess solid, practical experience that I can put to use for you right away. I am a hard working, ambitious leader, motivator, and team player, and I have a sterling reputation for flexibility, adaptability, and a high degree of professionalism.
My background provides the skills you require for this position, and I am confident that I can bring effective leadership to your company. I would appreciate the opportunity to further discuss my credentials with you during a personal interview.