Summer Job Cover Letter Example

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Applying for a summer job? It is important to write a strong cover letter that explains why you're a good candidate for the position. Review tips for what to include, and how to write and send your letter. Also see below for a sample cover letter for a summer job in customer service. You can use the sample to help write your own letter.

Tips for Writing a Summer Job Cover Letter

Highlight skills related to the job. Like all cover letters, you should use the cover letter to show that you are an ideal candidate for the job. Highlight one or two skills or qualifications from the job listing that you have. Include examples from past work experiences to demonstrate you have these skills. Include keywords from the listing to draw a direct connection between the job and your abilities.

Include examples from school and extracurriculars. If you are a student or recent graduate, you may not have extensive work experience. You can include examples from school, volunteer positions, or extracurricular activities (such as clubs or sports) to demonstrate your skills and abilities. For example, if you are applying for a job at a local newspaper, mention your work on your school’s newspaper. If you are applying to be a camp counselor, mention a successful project or course you took in early childhood education.

Emphasize your ability to learn quickly. Employers hiring summer workers look for job candidates who can pick up skills quickly. After all, they do not want to spend much time training a summer employee. Highlight your ability to learn quickly through examples from work, school, volunteer positions, or extracurriculars.

Show you are responsible. Another important skill for summer workers is responsibility. Employers want to know summer workers won’t take lots of days off to go enjoy the summer weather. Provide an example of your responsible nature in your cover letter. For example, mention if you have held any leadership roles that required a lot of responsibility, or if you were given additional responsibilities at a previous job.

Use examples. Look at cover letter samples, like the one below, to help you write your own cover letter. Examples can help you format your letter, and think of what information to include. However, do not simply copy and paste a cover letter example. Change the information and the specific examples to fit your own circumstances, and the job you are applying for.

Edit, edit, edit. Be sure to thoroughly proofread your summer job cover letter. Read through the letter, looking for any spelling or grammar errors. Ask a friend or family member to look over the letter as well. If you are a student or graduate, make an appointment with a career services counselor at school to look over your letter.

Sample Cover Letter for a Summer Job

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

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Sample Cover Letter for a Summer Job (Text Version)

Philip Applicant
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345

September 1, 2018

Theo Lee
Director, Human Resources
Sarasota Convenience Store
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321

Dear Mr. Lee,

I am interested in the summer position at Sarasota Convenience Store as advertised in The Sarasotian newspaper. I believe that my communication skills, customer service abilities, and positive work ethic would make me an asset to your store.

I have excellent communication skills. I am a Communications minor at XYZ University, and have extensive experience presenting information orally. I recently received an award for a presentation I gave to the entire Communications department. I am confident speaking clearly and confidently to others, which is critical in a job that requires listening to and speaking with customers.

I also have an aptitude for customer service. In my past position as a volunteer at Sarasota Hospital, I focused on providing quality customer service. I provided service to people of all ages, which is something that I would be doing at Sarasota Convenience Store.

Finally, I have a strong work ethic. I am a responsible employee, and even received a certificate from the Sarasota Hospital for my dedication to the position. I would love the opportunity to bring this work ethic to your store.

Thank you for your consideration. I can be reached at or 555-555-5555. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Philip Applicant

Sending an Email Cover Letter

If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message:

Subject: Sarasota Convenience Store Position – Your Name

Include your contact information in your email signature (rather than at the beginning of the message), and don't list the employer contact information anywhere. Start your email message with the salutation