Summer Hotel Job Letter Example

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Summer jobs at hotels can be great money-making opportunities, especially for college students seeking to raise the tuition and cash they need for housing and the other expenses they incur during the school year. While you may well lack experience in hotel work, being able to showcase relevant skills and experiences in your job letter will ensure that hotel managers give serious consideration to your application.

What to Include in Your Letter

When applying for a seasonal hotel position, you should include in your cover letter any previous experience you may have in the fields of hospitality and customer service. Also, because it's likely there will be times you will have to deal with guest concerns on your own, be sure to provide the hiring manager with two or three examples of your communication and problem-solving skills.

In addition, if you have non-hospitality experience (such as volunteer or team sports experience) that exemplifies your interpersonal skills, you should mention this in your cover letter as well. Don’t underestimate the importance of soft skills – those innate interpersonal talents that allow you to communicate and work well with other people. Managers are always interested in candidates who can demonstrate that they take personal initiative, are a good team player, have strong organizational and time management skills, and can assume leadership responsibilities when warranted.

Below is a sample cover letter for a seasonal hotel position that you can use as a guide when composing your own. Make the necessary adjustments to fit your experience and training as well as to speak directly to the position you're applying for. 

Summer Hotel Cover Letter Example

This is an example of a cover letter for a summer hotel position. Download the hotel cover letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

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Summer Hotel Cover Letter Example (Text Version)

Min Chen
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345

September 1, 2018

Neil Fowler
Director, Human Resources
Moose Lake Lodge
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321

Dear Mr. Fowler,

Please accept my application for the position of front desk assistant at the Moose Lake Lodge. I believe that my hospitality and front-of-store experience as a cashier at the Bob's Discount Dollar store make me an excellent candidate for the desk assistant position. While working at Bob's I had the opportunity to greet and interact with people of all ages on a daily basis.

I also have experience handling a variety of customer payment systems. My cashier experience made me comfortable handling cash, checks, and debit and credit cards. Additionally, as a math major, I can assure you that all my customer transactions will be accurate.

Additionally, as an administrative assistant in my school's registrar's office, I was constantly interacting with young students as well as older staff and faculty. I found the work rewarding and was able to answer student questions and address their concerns with confidence and ease.

As a camp counselor, I gained valuable experience working with children and parents. I feel I have the ability to interact with people from different backgrounds and that my friendly and helpful demeanor would put Moose Lake Lodge guests at ease and feel welcome at your establishment.

I am confident that my hospitality skills and ability to handle a variety of payment types make me an ideal candidate for the front desk assistant position. I have enclosed my resume and will call within the next week to see if we can arrange a time to speak.

In the meantime, thank you for your time and consideration.


Min Chen

A Few More Tips

If you're unsure exactly what to put into your letter (or how to adapt the above letter to your background) you can review a hotel resume example.

Keep in mind, as well, that the job listing you are applying for is the best indicator of the skills you should highlight in your cover letter and resume. Try to echo the most important keyword phrases in your text, providing specific examples of how you have demonstrated these competencies. Common skills that are sought in applicants for hotel seasonal positions include client relations, customer service, reliability, flexibility in working variably assigned shifts, and an unimpeachable work ethic.

Finally, you'll want to be prepared for the interview by acquiring a few letters of recommendation from people you've worked for, including teachers and other adults who can vouch for your character. Although employers may not require these as part of your initial job application, it is a smart strategy to be able to hand these letters (as well as an additional copy to your resume) to the hiring manager during a personal interview.