Applying for a position at a coffee shop and not submitting a cover letter along with your resume is the biggest mistake you can make. Especially if you are someone who has no prior experience but want to apply for a job at a popular coffee chain like Starbucks. The purpose of a cover letter is to concisely tell a prospective employer what your coffee making and customer service capabilities are and how you intend to use them.
When writing a cover letter for a position in a coffee shop, the focus should be on your skills. Keeping in mind that you are applying for a first job, you should be able to stand out from the crowd – the rest of the candidate pool. What can you do that since you lack experience? Experience is not an issue if you are a keen learner and can show in your cover letter that you have the skills that will make you learn easily and quickly.
Typically, a cover letter performs a courtesy function – consider it as a socially acceptable way of introducing yourself to a prospective employer. Technically, the first paragraph of your cover letter should be an introduction, the middle paragraph(s) should chart out why you are such a good fit and the ending should reiterate your interest and let the reader know that you will be contacting him for an interview.
For an entry level barista job at a coffee shop, you can tweak the content of the following cover letter sample to suit your needs:
52 New Lane, Williamsport, PA 72001
(000) 333-3333, stella @ email . com
April 2, 2015
Ms. Megan Ronald
Manager (Human Resources)
667 Wayward Drive
Williamsport, PA 72762
Dear Ms. Ronald:
Are you seeking an Barista who has a genuine desire to satisfy the needs of your patrons in a fast paced environment?
Do you need someone who will maximize your profits utilizing exceptional coffee making and customer service skills?
As a recent high school graduate, I am eager to utilize my skills at a reputable coffee shop such as Starbucks. Possessing an inherent love of coffee and excellent knowledge of coffee products, presentation, quality, and speed of service, I believe I can be a good addition to your team. Particularly, I am well-versed in brewing coffee, tea and chocolate using coffee urns, espresso machines and other kitchen equipment.
I have read through your customer service policy on your website and find myself thoroughly approving of the high esteem in which you keep your customers. As part of your company, I would like to emulate the same attitude.
Please let me know if there are any other documents that you need to process my application. I will call you on Tuesday next week to ask for an interview date and time. Until then, please feel free to call me at (000) 333-3333.
Thank you very much for your consideration.