If you're looking to make some extra cash this summer working for a caterer, and you have previous food service experience, you're in luck. Caterers are always on the lookout for people with solid food experience, especially those who have shown that they excel in a fast-paced environment. The main thing you need to do is let the hiring manager know more about your background than a standard resume reveals. In other words, state your case in your cover letter.
If you need help getting started, below is a sample cover letter for a summer catering position (and summer catering job resume example) that can be tailored to fit your background.
Summer Catering Job Cover Letter Example (Text Version)
125 East Street
Springfield, MA 01102
Mr. George Sharpton
72 Main Street
Bennington, VT 06823
Dear Mr. Sharpton,
Please accept my application for the position of catering server for Delicious Delights Catering. I would love the opportunity to be a member of your highly regarded catering company. I believe my food service experience, attention to detail, and knack for hospitality make me an excellent candidate for the position.
I have worked in the food service industry for the past six years, serving as a waitress and a dining hall assistant. These positions helped me master the art of serving food to customers in fast-paced environments. For example, as a waitress, even when the restaurant was crowded and noisy, I never got rattled and forgot or misplaced orders.
I have always had the ability to work well under pressure. I have even been awarded multiple employee-of-the-month titles for my ability to remain focused in a busy environment. I know I will remain focused and driven while serving guests at your events, whether they are small elegant dinner parties or large lively school reunions.
I understand that you focus on outdoor weddings, especially large-scale weddings with upwards of 250 people in attendance. I know that in situations like that things can go haywire. The main thing is to remain calm and make sure the guests are unaware that anything has gone awry. I want you to know that I excel in difficult situations. For example, while waitressing at Big Eddies Fish House, a graduation party of 30 came in and the kitchen was not prepared to handle that large a group of people. I suggested that the guests begin by sharing a mix of our famous appetizers. I also got the manager to offer the table some complimentary appetizers. This gave the kitchen time to prepare the meals and the guests were pleased with the hospitality I showed them.
I would be happy to supply you with several references and hope to be afforded the opportunity to meet with you in person to present my qualifications in more detail.
Thank you for your time and consideration and please feel free to email me or call my landline or cell phone if you have any questions.
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