Applying for a summer job? Depending on the position you are interested in, you may need to submit a resume and cover letter along with your job application.
Whether you are a student, teacher, parent, or just looking to try something different, your resume and cover letter may include a variety of experiences that would be applicable to the position. If you’re a student, your resume will be different from that of someone who has been in the workforce for a while.
What to Include and Writing Tips
As a student, you will want to include on your resume any pertinent coursework, volunteer work, and any clubs and teams you may have participated in. The hiring manager is going to understand that you may not have experience specific to the available position, but they will be looking to see that you are responsible, can accomplish tasks thoroughly and on time, and that you are willing to work hard.
For most summer jobs, it is especially effective to describe instances where you have demonstrated leadership or have worked well on a team.
Provide examples of this and of times when you have quickly learned new processes or information in order to successfully complete a project or task.
Other applicants should tailor their resume to include experiences more directly related to the job they are applying for. If you have had more than a few jobs, select the ones that closely relate to the summer position you are interested in. In your description, highlight the skills and experiences most nearly matched to the requirements of the job.
Your cover letter is your chance to elaborate on why the position interests you, and how you feel your experiences will make you the best candidate for the position.
In your cover letter, you should mention where you learned about the job, including its specific title. Use the body of the letter as your “sales pitch” to outline the desired skills (as stated in the job posting) that you would bring to the job. Close your letter with a statement of your enthusiasm for the job, a request to meet for a personal interview, and a sincere “thank you” for the employer’s consideration of your candidacy.
Summer Job Resume and Cover Letter Examples
Here is an example of a cover letter and resume that you can tailor to fit your own personal situation. Also see below for more examples of resumes and letters that will help you get the job.
Summer Job Cover Letter Template
Subject: Caddy Position - Dean White
Dear Hiring Manager,
I would like to express my strong interest in the golf caddy position you listed on golfjobs.com. I have excellent working knowledge of the sport, as well as experience in customer service, and know that I would be an ideal candidate for the position.
I have been playing golf competitively for the past six years with the Junior PGA, which has given me the opportunity to become very familiar with your club as well as many others in the region. Currently, I am team captain for my high school golf team. We have been Division Champions for the last two years, and I was awarded Individual Honors at the State Finals last year. I have experience as an assistant golf coach, having worked at my home club’s summer camp for the last three years.
My experience in the Pro Shop has given me a lot of experience in customer service, by assisting members and guests with purchases of all items, from golf clubs to clothing. Working at a busy ice cream shop also enhanced my customer service skills, and gave me experience multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment.
I believe that my experience will allow me to provide a friendly and enjoyable experience for all club members. I would be extremely comfortable on the course, and as a caddy would be confident in answering any of the club members’ golf-related questions. My golf knowledge, experience, and customer service abilities would make me an excellent caddy for the Beekman Golf and Country Club.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
Summer Job Resume Template
This is an example of a resume for a summer job. Download the summer job resume template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.
Example Summer Job Resume (Text Version)
1000 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
High-achieving recent high school graduate seeking summer employment while preparing for college.
- Proven leadership skills at school and in the workplace.
- People-oriented and responsible.
- First Aid certification.
- CPR with AED certification.
- Proficient in written and spoken Spanish.
DUCHESS COUNTRY CLUB, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Store Associate, May 2017–August 2017
Greet customers and provide suggestions for purchases, straighten stock to maintain ease of shopping, and work on inventory count as necessary.
Golf Camp Assistant Coach, May 2017–August 2017
Assist in coaching golf students, ages 8-12, by providing instruction on basic skills, including golf etiquette and swing skills to enhance player success.
MARY’S ICE CREAM SHOPPE, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Store Associate, May 2016–August 2016
Greeted patrons at walk-up window, answered questions regarding menu items, and managed debit, credit card, and cash transactions.
Poughkeepsie High School, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (2018); 4.00 GPA
- National Honors Society
- P-TECH College and Workplace Readiness
- Golf team captain
- Spanish Club vice president
More Summer Job Resume and Letter Examples
Here you will find many additional examples of resumes for a variety of summer jobs. They can be customized to fit your personal situation.
Resume Examples Listed by Job
- Camp Counselor Resume
- Camp Resume
- Cashier Resume
- Hospitality Resumes
- Hotel Resume
- Internship Resumes
- Lifeguard Resume
- Nanny Resume
- Retail Resumes
- Summer Job Resume (General)
- Sales Associate
- Tutor Resume
- Waitress Resume
- Waiter Resume
Cover Letter Examples Listed by Job
- Summer Cashier Cover Letter
- Camp Counselor Cover Letter
- Golf Caddy Cover Letter
- Hotel Front Desk Cover Letter
- Lifeguard Cover Letter
- Nanny Cover Letter
- Summer Assistant Job
- Summer Internship Cover Letter
- Sales Associate Cover Letter
- Tutor Cover Letter Example
- Waiter Cover Letter Example
EMPHASIZE PEOPLE SKILLS: If you are a student without much work experience, highlight the people skills (also called “soft skills”) that are required in most summer jobs. These include talents like teamwork, leadership, self-motivation, organizational skills, and good communications.
ELABORATE: Provide specific examples in your resume and cover letter of times when you have practiced the skills that will be required of you in the summer job.
BE GRATEFUL: Always thank the employer in your cover letter for taking the time to read your resume and consider you for the position.