2 Best Part-Time Job Cover Letter Examples

Do you need a cover letter for a part-time job? If so, what should go inside of your cover letter? Should I print it out and hand it to my future employer or should I attach it as part of my resume?

All of these questions are valid concerns and can be troublesome to figure out without our help.

Let’s get started on talking about part-time job cover letters.

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Do You Need A Cover Letter For A Part-Time Job

The reality is that you don’t need a cover letter for a part-time job. Most won’t require it. If they don’t require it, you won’t need to include it.

If the job you’re applying for is asking for a cover letter, they might need it for Human Resources. This means that they need the cover letter to be part of your file. In that circumstance, it’s purely clerical than it is a requirement in order for you to receive employment.

The need of a cover letter is dependent on whether or not the application is asking for it or whether your manager is mentioning that you need one.

If they mention you need one, write it and include at along with your resume or contact information.

What Should Go In A Part-Time Job Cover Letter

If you’re getting a part-time job it usually is something that’s going to be a little less career-centric. It could be you working at Trader Joes, Starbucks or some other type of retailer.

When a retailer like this reads your cover letter, they aren’t looking for a detailed description of what makes you unique. They’re searching for the reason why you’re wanting the job.

Whatever you do, don’t bring up the fact that you need extra money. While is the reason most people get second jobs and additional part-time employment, this would be the worst reason to bring up. Why? Because it lacks enthusiasm for the position.

Instead, bring up that you have a connection with the business. For example, if you were to be applying to Starbucks as a Barista, maybe your love for coffee should be part of your cover letter.

Make your cover letter stand out by telling a story. Make that story connect you with the business you want to be part of and how that makes you a special candidate for the job you want.

As long as your story is engaging and can be told within 3-5 paragraphs, you should be in good shape.

Related: How Long Should A Cover Letter Be? Ideal Word Count Revealed

Your Letter Head On The Cover Letter

Don’t forget to include some basic information as part of your letter head for the cover letter. This should include:

And then:

Though those last three parts aren’t necessary. If you include your contact information as part of the letterhead, you should be in good shape.

2 Examples Of Good Part-Time Job Cover Letters

Here are some examples of great part-time job cover letters. In this instance, we’re going to use a Starbucks Barista position as our desired job.

Example one

Matt Smith
444-555-8888
123 Ridge Lane, Geneva IL 60619
matt@smith.com

May 1st, 2015

Dear Ryan —

I’m applying for the position of Barista at Starbucks because growing up I found coffee fascinating. As a young child, I asked my mother to buy me a coffee tree because I wanted to see how coffee beans grew. I think my desire to learn more about them was because I saw parents and adults always consuming coffee. When I got older, my love for coffee blossomed into something special.

Today, being around coffee would be an absolute gift. And using that to connect with others is what I’m particularly passionate about.

I look forward to speaking with you about this position.

Sincerely,
Matt

Example two

Matt Smith
444-555-8888
123 Ridge Lane, Geneva IL 60619
matt@smith.com

May 1st, 2015

Dear Ryan —

I would love nothing more than the opportunity to tell you what makes me passionate about coffee. Growing up I was able to drink coffee at a young age. And while this might have stunted my growth (kidding), it made me fall in love with this beverage. I realized at a young age there were many notes to coffee. And many ways this bean was roasted and made. It’s fascinating to me how many countries rely on this export. I would love to be part of the business so I could learn more about the last part of the puzzle, the commerce aspect of it all.

Today, being around coffee would be an absolute gift. And using that to connect with others is what I’m particularly passionate about.

I look forward to speaking with you about this position.

Sincerely,
Matt

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author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams.

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