Last week I wrote about resumes for baristas. This week I’d like to take a look at the cover letter. Writing a great cover letter is an essential skill you must learn if you intend on applying for barista jobs online through websites such as Coffee Jobs or Barista Seeker.

In your cover letter, you must:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Mention the job you’re applying for
  • Directly respond to the barista job advertisement and its requirements
  • Tell the hiring manager how your barista skills will be a match for their cafe
  • Encourage the hiring manager to read your attached resume

A good cover letter is specific to the job you are applying for and not a generic cut and paste job. Personalising the cover letter might take time, but well worth the effort. You need to find out who to address the letter to and this can be found on the job advertisement itself. Avoid using first names and stick to Ms or Mr for salutations. If you don’t know the name of the person to address the letter to, you can refer to them as the Hiring Manager.

Introduce yourself and mention the job

The introduction doesn’t have to be long-winded. Tell them who you are, what job you’re applying for and why you’re interested in the barista role. Something along the lines of:

Dear Ms Cole,

My name is David Seng and I wish to express in writing my interest and enthusiasm for the barista position advertised on baristaseeker.com.au (accessed on 18/06/2017) at ABC Cafe.

You should follow on with some simple information about yourself. You may talk about your past barista experience if any and some basic work history but nothing too detailed, this is what your resume is for. Also, ensure that you convey why you would like to work for them. Why this job over any other? Everyone wants to made to feel special, even the person reading your cover letter.

Respond directly to the barista job advertisement

It is also a good idea to find out information about the company, its history and know what the job involves. Does the job have specific requirements they are looking for? Let them know how you fulfil these requirements and why you’re the best candidate for the position. Are they looking for someone with POS skills or someone who can also help out in the kitchen? You need to address these points directly. Tell them about your past experience and how you will be an asset to their business.

I hope this has been useful and guided you in writing a better cover letter. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below!

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