How to Write a Cover Letter for Hospitality

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If you are applying for a job in hospitality, chances are you need a cover letter. Your cover letter is a way to show employers, such as restaurants and hotels, why you are the ideal candidate for a certain job.

  • Understand the proper format of a hospitality cover letter. Type all letters and use a font such as Times New Roman. Keep the letter to one page and print it on high-quality white paper.

  • Start with your contact information. Type your name and address on the top left corner of the page. Then, skip a line and type the employer's name, job title, company name, and address.

  • Add the greeting. Your greeting should start with "Dear," followed by the employer's full name and a colon. Always address the cover letter to a specific person and avoid generic greetings such as: "To whom it may concern."

  • Write a brief introduction. The first paragraph of your cover letter should include information on which job you are applying for and how you heard about the job opening. To attract the employer's attention, add a sentence stating how long you've worked in hospitality or highlighting an accomplishment relevant to the job.

  • Emphasize your experiences and accomplishments. Use the next paragraph to detail your relevant qualifications in the hospitality industry. Have you won any awards in hospitality? Mention them here. Do you have any hospitality-related certifications or degrees? Mention them too. Just keep in mind that you are using the cover letter to enhance your resume rather than repeat it.

  • Show the employer why you are a good fit for the company. To demonstrate you've done your homework, the next paragraph should include facts about the particular hotel or restaurant you are applying at. For example: "Your resort was voted the best hotel in Orlando, and I would like to work at such a high-caliber establishment."

  • Write the conclusion. In your last paragraph, tell the employer the best way to contact you and state your availability for a job interview. Thank the employer for his time too. Just like your introductory paragraph, keep your conclusion short and succinct.

  • Close the letter. Below your concluding paragraph, type a closing such as: "Sincerely" or "Regards." Then, sign your letter with a blue or black pen.

Tips & Warnings

  • Read samples of hospitality cover letters to get a feel of what you should be aiming for. (See Resources section below.) Many websites offer free samples of these letters.

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