Cover Letter Template
Create your own cover letter for your next coffee job
The first step of most job applications is to submit a CV and cover letter
Together they explain and demonstrate your skills and experience as well as highlight the contribution you can make towards the organisation’s objectives.
Both documents should be succinct and well written. There are well-established conventions for both of these documents so, unless you have exceptional circumstances, you can follow this template.
Purpose and overview
The primary purpose of an application is to get you to the next stage in the application process, which is typically an interview.
Because both of these documents are reviewed by prospective employers quickly, you should focus on your core skills and experience. You can add context and personalty in an interview. A cover letter is typically just several hundred words long.
Employers often have a strong sense of the skills that they require in a candidate. So tailor your application to highlight the overlap between your skills and experience and the requirements for the role.
Coffee Job Template
You can cut and paste the most relevant sections of this template into a document and then edit the contents to make it specific for your application.
If you know to whom you are sending the application write
or, if you don’t know to whom you are sending a cover letter write
2. Skills in context
Start by being specific about which position you are applying for.
Then explain how you are able to advance their organisational objectives. Before writing the cover letter, carefully read:
- the job listing
- a position description
- about the organisation
Provide two or three examples, using the structure:
- Experience in role
- How this applies their objectives
I am seeking a new Lead Barista role where I can implement these insights and continue to make a contribution to the vibrant and viable operation of <company> coffee shops.
3. Your interests and personality in context
Explain why you think that you would be a good cultural fit for the organisation. Some examples:
4. Availability and wage or salary expectations
Clearly communicate your availability and renumeration expectations.
Communicate your enthusiasm for the role. For example:
and, if you wrote ‘Dear ,’
or, if you wrote ‘To Whom It May Concern,’
Finally, write your name in an email or webform.
Or sign your name if posting a document.
A cover letter is a key part of most applications, and essential for most roles, so give yourself ample time to write a bespoke covering letter for each application.
If you’re not already familiar with the organisation, read the job listing, position description and information about the organisation (on their company page or website, for example) to gain an insight into their culture and priorities.
Use the same language
If the job listing and company website talk about ‘teamwork’, ‘collaborate working environment’, and ‘attention to detail’ – then use these works, or close synonyms, when writing your cover letter.