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How to Write a Cover Letter for a Part-Time Job

March 30, 2020

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Whether you are applying for a full- or part-time job, your cover letter is an integral part of the application process. Some hiring managers look at your cover letter first before looking at your resume, so a well-written cover letter can help you get to the next step. In this article, we discuss how to write a compelling cover letter for a part-time job, with tips, a template and examples.

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Why you need a cover letter for a part-time job

Not every part-time job requires a cover letter, however, having one can help make you stand out. Just as you would include a cover letter for a full-time position, you should treat a part-time job the same way. A well-crafted cover letter lets the employer know you are very interested in the job and could be a great asset to the team.

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How to write a cover letter for a part-time job

A cover letter for a part-time job should be approached the same way you would for a full-time job. A business letter format is most commonly used. This format includes your name and address in the top-left corner or centered at the top. Under your information should be the date, the person's name who you are writing to, the company name and address, followed by a salutation to the receiver of the letter.

  • First paragraph: The first paragraph includes an introduction about yourself, your interest in the position and how you heard about the position. You will want to include if you were referred by someone and their name in this first paragraph.
  • Second and third paragraph: In the second paragraph, describe your qualifications and how they match up with the required skills for the position. The second and possibly third paragraphs are a great place to include specific examples of how you have used these skills in previous jobs or even in school.
  • Closing thoughts: In the final paragraph, restate how you feel you can bring value to the company and information on how they can reach you.

Conclude with a closing phrase, such as sincerely or regards, and sign the cover letter along with your name typed underneath.

Related: How to Write a Cover Letter (With Tips and Examples)

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Tips for writing a cover letter for a part-time job

Here are a few helpful tips to help you write a well-thought-out cover letter for a part-time job:

  • Give a few quick examples: Think of some examples where you used the skills required for the position in another situation. Try to include two good examples that can be summarised easily.
  • Be concise and brief: A cover letter should only be one page, so have some brevity and be concise in your language. The reader will most likely skim the cover letter but may take the time to read a shorter, more compelling letter in its entirety.
  • Let them know if you are flexible: Since this is for a part-time job, you may have some flexibility in the hours you can work. Try to mention your availability, especially for shift work, and if you are willing to take multiple shifts.
  • Edit often: Make sure to read, edit and spell/grammar check a few times. If you know someone who can do this for you, see if they can spare a few minutes to help. If not, use the available tools in your writing software to help proofread your cover letter before sending it.
  • Write one: Unless an employer specifically says to not send a cover letter, send one. Cover letters show both your professionalism and interest in working for the company.

Related: 7 Powerful Ways to Start a Cover Letter (With Examples)

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Part-time job cover letter template

Use the following template to create a cover letter for a part-time job:

Your name
Your address/contact information

Date

Hiring Manager's Name
Company
Company address/contact information

Dear [hiring managers name],

[Write the first paragraph to introduce yourself, how you heard about the position and possible referral, if applicable.]

[Write the second paragraph to discuss your skills and how they match the job description. Include a few brief examples of how you have successfully used your skills in a previous job, class or other applicable situation.]

[The concluding or final paragraph should discuss how you would be great for the position and how the employer can reach you. You could also add how you look forward to hearing from them about a potential interview.]

Sincerely (or another closing phrase),

[Your signature]
[Your typed name]

Related: 10 Best Skills to Include on a Resume

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Examples of cover letters for part-time jobs

Here are a few examples of some brief and compelling cover letters:

Example 1

Pat Johnson
0421234587
pat.johnson@yeah.com

17 March 2020

Christina Kent
Sydney Grocers
0429876543
ckent@sydneygrocers.com

Dear Ms. Kent,

I am a current student at University of Sydney and am excited for the opportunity to be a stocker for your grocery store. My classmate Jeff Jones is currently working the overnight stock shift and referred me to you, as he felt I would be great at the position.

I am currently studying business management, and in my previous semester we covered inventory management. I learnt a lot in this class, including participating in a pop-up store where I was in charge of the inventory. We made a great profit and we were never missing inventory.

My current school schedule is concentrated in the mid-afternoons, so I am available for overnight stocking as well as morning shifts. I can be reached at 0421234587 and would love the opportunity to discuss how I can work with your team.

Best,

Pat Johnson

Example 2

Timothy Smithe
0856154321
timothy.smithe@jmail.com

Mr. Gregory Hand
Handmade Kitchen
0850987654
ghand@handmadekitchen.com

Dear Mr. Hand,

My name is Timothy Smithe, and I am excited for the opportunity to be a delivery driver for Handmade Kitchen.

I am a stay-at-home dad who is looking for some extra work on weeknights and weekends. Before becoming a stay-at-home dad, I spent five years driving delivery trucks for Coles, and throughout that time I had a proven track record for ensuring my deliveries were done in a safe and timely manner.

During my time as a delivery driver for Coles, I had the opportunity to develop strong customer service skills, as I would regularly interact with customers when delivering their grocery orders. For example, I learnt how to handle difficult customers in the rare circumstance when deliveries were slightly delayed, or when something in their order had to be substituted because it wasn’t available in the store. I also have a perfect driving record, driver’s license, and access to my own vehicle that is registered and insured in WA. As a result, I believe I would be a great asset to your restaurant, ensuring your customers’ meals are delivered to them quickly and safely at all times.

I would love the opportunity to meet with you to discuss how I can be an asset to your team. I can be contacted at 0856154321 and am available for an interview all next week.

Regards,

Timothy Smithe

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