Part-Time Job Cover Letter and Email Samples
How should you write a cover letter for a part-time job? When you are applying for part-time positions, you should follow the same procedures as you would if the position was full-time. It's important to put the same care and attention into your resume and cover letter, if the employer requests them, as you would when applying for a full-time job.
What to Include in the Letter
Begin your letter with a polite salutation to the hiring manager.
If you have a contact name, be sure to use it.
- In your first paragraph, introduce yourself, and express your interest in the position.
- Your second paragraph is where you specify your qualifications, and make correlations between your skills and the requirements of the job.
- You can include a third paragraph with your follow-up plan, and end with a professional closing.
More: Cover Letter Paragraph Guidelines
Printed Letters vs. Email Messages
In a written letter, you would include your contact information at the beginning, preceding the employer’s information. If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message. Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information. Start your email message with the salutation.
Sample Cover Letter For a Part-Time Job
The following is an example of a cover letter written to apply for a part-time job.
City, State, Zip Code
City, State, Zip Code
Dear Hiring Manager,
I am interested in the part-time position at Sarasota Saddlery advertised in The Sarasotian. I have equine experience as I have been around horses for over nine years. Not only have I shown and ridden horses, but I have also had extensive experience assisting in a barn.
Through working with horses, I have acquired a thorough knowledge of horses, tack, and equine apparel for both horse and rider.
While I have equine experience, I also have excellent communication skills and an aptitude for customer service. My experience as a volunteer at Sarasota Hospital made it necessary for me to focus on providing quality customer service, and also enabled me to work with all types of people. I believe that my communication skills, partnered with my equine knowledge, would make me an asset to your company.
Thank you for your consideration. I can be reached at 111-111-1111 or email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Your Signature (hard copy letter)
Your Typed Name
Sample Email Cover Letter for a Part-Time Job #1
The following is an example of a part-time job cover letter sent via email.
Subject: Part-Time Position - Your Name
Dear Mr. Lastname,
I am interested in the part-time sales associate position at XYZ Company. I read the posting on Monster with interest, and I feel that my experience would be valuable to your firm.
My communication skills, organizational ability, and attention to detail are assets that I have been able to utilize in my previous sales positions.
I have extensive retail experience, having worked at small boutiques as well as large department stores. In my last position, I was recognized for my contribution to a 10% yearly increase in sales in my department.
I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you regarding this position. I am available flexible hours, and I believe that you would find me to be an asset to your company.
Sample Email Cover Letter for a Part-Time Job #2
Subject: Office Assistant - Your Name
Dear Ms. LastName,
I am interested in applying for the office assistant position that was listed on CareerBuilder.
I have experience in scheduling appointments, communications with clients, and I am familiar with a variety of phone systems. My communication skills are excellent, and I have training on a variety of software programs and systems.
I believe that I would be an asset to your office. This position would provide me with the ideal opportunity to assist at your organization and to expand my administrative skills.
My schedule is flexible, and I would be available to work at your convenience.
I hope to schedule an interview at a mutually convenient time. I look forward to speaking with you.
Thank you for your consideration.
123 Any Street
Anytown, CT 11112
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Email Cover Letter
An email cover letter has to grab the reader's attention quickly in order to be effective. In-boxes are full of emails that need to be read so get across your main points promptly and powerfully.
Quickly convince the reader of your suitability for the job opportunity by using a powerful subject line in your email.
This will make the difference between getting your resume read or relegated to the database. Avoid bland subject lines such as Joe Black's Resume.
Get the employer's attention by following these simple steps.
How to get the reader's attention
- a subject line which is factual and persuasive - include the job title and job posting number and a selling point - "Job #4536 Bookkeeper - 8 years with Fortune 500 company"
- clearly state your purpose in the first couple of sentences
- summarize your strengths, skills and expertise as they relatedirectly to the job opportunity
- persuade the reader to continue on to your resume
- use an easy-to-read font and keep the formatting simple
- proofread and spell check your message
- keep your email cover letter to one screen view
Email Cover Letter - Sample 1
Subject Line: Sales Associate Job #1234 - 10 Years Experience
Dear Mr Green
I read with enthusiasm your opening for a Sales Associate on XYZ site. I am confident that my 10 years experience as a sales professional in ABC industry with a successful track record of meeting and exceeding sales objectives makes me an excellent match for this position.
Detailed on my attached resume you will find that over the last X years I generated more than $X in sales and achieved an average of X% sales growth. My experience in new and key account acquisition, new territory development and the planning and implementation of customer loyalty strategies will contribute to the success of DEF Corporation.
My resume demonstrates that I am well qualified to lead the entire sales cycle management process from client consultations and needs assessment through demonstrations, negotiations and final sales closings.
I believe that I will be a valuable asset to your team if given this opportunity and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Subject Line: Legal Secretary Job #S123 - 6 Years at Top Law Firm
Dear Ms Drone
I am responding with enthusiasm to your job posting on XYZ.com for a legal secretary. I believe my extensive experience and skills in this field are an excellent match for the job.
The attached resume demonstrates my competence to interact capably with clients from point of referral, efficiently draft and process legal documents and correspondence, co-ordinate multiple case loads and assist with complex case preparation.
I am a motivated and hard working professional with solid legal practice skills and knowledge and a reputation for accurately and efficiently meeting strict deadlines in a challenging environment.
I would welcome the opportunity to learn more about the position and find out how I can contribute to the success of your firm.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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Should I submit an email cover letter if the posting only asks for a resume?
You can copy and paste your cover letter into the body of the email as your message and include your resume as an attachment.
Keep your cover letter short and simple as the reader will not want to invest a lot of time in going through your email. It is better to include a brief cover letter as an introduction rather than simply stating "I have attached my resume for your consideration".
How should an email cover letter be sent?
If you are responding to an advertisement make sure you follow the employer's instructions on submitting your cover letter and resume.
If you are asked to include your letter and resume as an attachment use MS Word or Adobe. Avoid HTML as the email the employer uses may not be able to open this.
If they ask for the email cover letter and resume to be included in the message and not an attachment, copy and paste them into the body of your email.
A good tip is to send the email to someone you know first to check that your formatting works properly.
If it looks fine then you can send it to the employer.
Should I address the cover letter to an individual?
It is always better to address correspondence to a name rather than a title. Job postings often don't list the name of the person to contact and only give an email address.
Do a bit of research to find out the name of the person receiving the emails. For example firstname.lastname@example.org indicates the name of the company is Bakers Biscuits and the clue for the contact person is "mardev".
For example, you notice that there is a Mary Devon who is Head of Human Resources. This is your contact person and you can begin your email message with Dear Ms Devon. Immediately you stand out from the crowd.
When should I follow up on my submission?
It is important to find out the status of your job application. If the job posting does not have a close date you can wait about a week after sending your resume before following up.
If there is a close date then wait for about a week after that date before following up. For tips and help on resume follow up, plus a sample follow up email.
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