When you are applying for part-time positions, you should follow the same procedures as you would if the position was full time. That means writing a thoughtful, well-crafted resume and cover letter.
While not all part-time jobs will require a cover letter, it is always a good idea to write one. A great cover letter will show the employer that you are very interested in the job, and that you have what it takes to do the job well.
What to Include in a Cover Letter for a Part-Time Job
When writing a cover letter, use business letter format. In the top-left corner of your letter, include your name and address, the date, and the employer’s name and address. Start your letter with a polite salutation to the hiring manager. If you know the employer or hiring manager’s name, be sure to use it.
In your first paragraph, introduce yourself and express your interest in the position. Also, explain how you heard about the job. If someone recommended you for the job, mention this.
Your second paragraph (and maybe a third paragraph as well) is where you specify your qualifications and make connections between your skills and the requirements of the job. Provide examples of times you demonstrated various skills necessary for the job.
Include a final paragraph with your follow-up plan. Explain when and how you will get in touch with them, or where they can reach you.
Then, end with a professional closing. Include a handwritten signature, followed by your typed signature.
Tips for Writing a Cover Letter for a Part-Time Job
(Almost) Always write one. You should always write a cover letter unless you are specifically asked not to. Even if an employer does not ask for a cover letter, it is a great way to take initiative and show how much you care about the position.
Keep it brief. You always want to keep a cover letter concise. This is especially the case when applying for a part-time job, for which the employer might have many applicants. Keep your letter under one page. Include a lot of white space on the page too – add spaces between paragraphs, and keep the margins at least one inch wide.
Emphasize your flexibility. If the part-time job requires shift work, consider mentioning in your cover letter your ability to work flexible hours. Employers look for shift workers who can take multiple shifts and are willing to step up whenever needed.
Edit and proofread carefully. Whether applying for a part-time or full-time job, you need to write a professional cover letter. This means thoroughly editing your cover letter to avoid any spelling or grammar errors. A well-written cover letter will show the employer your professionalism, communication skills, and attention to detail.
Printed Letters vs. Email Messages
Thoroughly read through the job listing to see if there are instructions on whether to send your cover letter (and other job materials) via email or by mail. If there are no directions, you can choose.
If you decide to send your cover letter via email, you can either attach it to the email as a Word document or PDF, or write the letter directly into the email message.
If you're sending your cover letter in an email message, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the message. Don't list any contact information or the date at the top. Instead, start your email message with the salutation. Then, include your contact information in your email signature. You don’t need to include the employer’s contact information.
Sample Cover Letter For a Part-Time Job
This is a part-time job cover letter example. Download the part-time job cover letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.
Sample Cover Letter For a Part-Time Job (Text Version)
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA, 12345
May 1, 2018
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321
Dear Mr. Lee,
I am interested in the part-time position at Sarasota Saddlery, as advertised in The Sarasotian. I have extensive equine experience as I have worked with horses for over nine years. Not only have I shown and ridden horses, but I have also assisted in multiple barns. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Eric Applicant (signature hard copy letter)
Sample Email Cover Letter for a Part-Time Job #1 (Text Version)
Subject: Part-Time Position – Gerald Applicant
Dear Ms. Lee,
I am interested in the part-time sales associate position at XYZ Company. I read the posting on Monster.com with interest, and I feel that my experience would be valuable to your firm. My communication skills 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 these jobs, I was often praised for my attention to detail. I was particularly skilled at spotting items that were out of place, and quickly returning them to their appropriate locations in the store.
I also have strong communication skills. I am able to interact with clients in a friendly, approachable manner. In my last position, I interacted with over 50 clients daily. I was named Employee of the Month for three months in a row, and 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 (Text Version)
Subject: Office Assistant - April Applicant
Dear Mr. Lee,
I am interested in applying for the office assistant position that was listed on CareerBuilder.
I have experience in scheduling appointments and communicating with clients, and I am familiar with a variety of phone systems. My communication skills are excellent; I have been praised for my ability to communicate with clients effectively on the phone, in person, and over email.
I also have training on a variety of software programs and systems, including Microsoft Excel, Adobe InDesign, DocuSign, and more. I recently led a workshop for office staff at my previous job on how to effectively use SharePoint. I am a fast learner who is skilled at mastering computer software.
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