Dear Restaurant Manager:
My name is Marianne Love and I have been working as a waitress at Ariel’s Fine Seafood in Orlando, Florida for the past 2 years. It has been my goal for some time now to work at the Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort.
I enjoy being a waitress and get great satisfaction from giving my customers a meal that is more than just a plate of food. I strive to make my customers’ dining experience be a memory to treasure for years to come. I realize that working at a high end restaurant means that many customers are there for a special occasion or a celebration, and making their event perfect is my top priority.
My rйsumй is attached along with an application and 2 letters of reference. One letter is from the head chef at Ariel’s Fine Seafood and the other letter is from the restaurant’s weekend hostess who can testify to the fact that I have regular customers who request me to be their waitress when they call in to make their dinner reservations. I believe that my personal philosophy of customer service is in line with Disney’s commitment to making every guest’s dining experience a magical one.
I understand the importance of paying close attention to customers who express that they have certain food allergies. I realize that their health could be seriously impacted should they eat food to which they are allergic; therefore I am exceedingly careful with these kinds of situations. I make it a point to know the menu well and to know all major ingredients. If I am not completely certain of the answer to a customer’s question I always take the time to ask the chef.
I hope you will consider me for a job as a waitress at The Flying Fish Cafe. I am happy to come in for an interview and am excited about the possibility of going through one of your world class training programs. Please feel free to contact me on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email]
Example 2 -Unadvertised Opening
This waitress cover letter example is from a student who has been accepted to culinary school and is looking for a job as a waitress to help pay for tuition at her school. She has several years’ experience working as a waitress at a family owned restaurant in her community.
Dear Restaurant Manager:
My name is Shannon Davis and I have been accepted to start classes this fall at the ABC Culinary Institute. My classes are all during the day and I need to work to help pay for school; therefore I am applying for a job as a waitress at your fine establishment. What better way to begin getting practical culinary experience than to wait tables at one of the best restaurants in town?
Throughout high school I worked as a waitress at The Neighborhood Eatery owned by John and Kathy Norris. A letter of reference from Mr. Norris is attached along with one of your applications and my rйsumй. Along with waiting regular tables during dinner hours I also worked parties that were booked at The Neighborhood Eatery. From children’s birthday parties to corporate awards dinners, I have a great deal of experience skillfully handling very large groups.
I have an excellent memory and have no problem memorizing the ingredients and the cooking processes for all dishes on a menu. I also do an excellent job of learning specials and soups of the day. I know how to subtly but successfully push appetizers and desserts and always pay special attention to customers with food allergy concerns.
I am not one of those waitresses who is constantly texting or talking on the cell phone. I turn off my phone and only check it at breaks. My family knows to call the restaurant directly in the event of an emergency. When I am working, my focus is 100% on the job. If there is ever any downtime, I make the most of it by replenishing silver, linens and condiments and making fresh coffee if necessary.
Please consider my attached application, rйsumй and reference letter when you need to hire a new waitress. I am confident that you would be pleased with my work. Please feel free to contact me on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or by email at [email]
Example 3 – Response to Job Postings and Classifieds Ads
This waitress cover letter example is from an experienced waitress seeking a position at a family-owned Italian restaurant. The owner of the restaurant where she was working retired and sold the property to a shopping mall leaving her without employment. Along with waiting tables she can sing and play piano.
Dear Mr. Minnelli:
My name is Lisa Salvatore and I was a waitress at The Italian Garden for 3 years until Mr. John Pastorelli recently retired and sold the property to the new mall. I found your ad for a waitress in the Village Voice and am submitting the attached application along with my rйsumй and a letter of reference from Mr. Pastorelli. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to work at Minnelli’s.
I have eaten at your fine establishment on numerous occasions and am familiar with your basic menu and even some of your specials. I am a very attentive waitress always making sure my customers have everything they need and want. I make it a point to know the ingredients in all dishes as well as how each one is prepared so that I can answer customer questions.
I am very patient with and polite to difficult or unhappy customers and recognize when it is time to
involve the manager in a situation. My goal is to make every customer a repeat customer; therefore letting anyone leave the restaurant dissatisfied is unacceptable in my view.
I understand the importance of checking identification on all customers prior to serving alcohol and I know which wines go best with which dishes. I always know which customer ordered which dish and I never ask them what they ordered.
I know that you hire a very high caliber of waitress at your restaurant and that you have high standards and expectations of your staff. I believe that I can provide the kind of service to your customers that you demand, and I hope that you will give me the opportunity to serve your customers at Minnelli’s. Please feel free to contact me at your convenience on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email]