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Alison Doyle
Updated December 08, 2018

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.

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Sample Cover Letter For a Part-Time Job (Text Version)

Eric Applicant

123 Main Street

Anytown, CA, 12345

111-111-1111

eric.applicant@email.com

May 1, 2018

Jeremy Lee

Manager

Sarasota Saddlery

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 yourname@email.com. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Eric Applicant (signature hard copy letter)

Eric Applicant

Sample Email Cover Letter for a Part-Time Job #1

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.

Sincerely,

Gerald Applicant

555-555-5555

gerald.applicant@email.com

Sample Email Cover Letter for a Part-Time Job #2

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.

Sincerely,

April Applicant

123 Any Street

Anytown, CT 11112

Email: april.applicant@gmail.com

Cell: 555-124-1245

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Struggling to find your perfect part-time position?

Chances are, it could come down to your cover letter. Especially if you’re guilty of sending the same one every time (or worse, not even sending one at all).

Think of it this way: a cover letter is often the first thing a hiring manager looks at, meaning it can be crucial in forming a positive first impression. So spending a few more minutes perfecting this oft-forgotten area of your application can really pay dividends when it comes to your career.

We’ve already covered how to perfect your part-time CV , but to help maximise your chances to impress, here’s our cover letter template specifically tailored for part-time positions:

 

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Opening the letter

Aside from the standard letter writing basics (address, hiring manager’s name if you have it), the opening paragraph should be short and to the point.

Explain what job it is you’re applying for, and where you found the vacancy. One or two sentences, maximum.

 
Example:
I wish to apply for the role of Part-Time EA, currently being advertised on reed.co.uk. Please find enclosed my CV for your consideration.

 

Second paragraph – Why are you suitable for the job?

Now the formalities are out of the way, it’s time to focus on your sales pitch.

Briefly outline any academic qualifications or experience you have which make you a perfect fit for the role. If you’re lacking experience, select soft skills which might help you get the role.

Hint: the ones you should include will always be found in the job description.

 
Example:
As you can see from my attached CV, I have over six years’ experience in office administration, and I believe the knowledge and skills built up during this time make me the perfect candidate for the role.

 

Third paragraph – Focus on the part-time requirements

You might choose your cover letter to briefly explain the reason you’re looking for part-time work.

It could be that you’re still studying, and looking for something flexible to fit around your schedule. Or you’re raising a family and can’t dedicate yourself to a role full-time.

However, whatever the reason you choose to include, always take the opportunity to mention your versatility when it comes to working hours. It might help alleviate any fears an employer may have around your availability, not to mention open up the potential at securing a full-time role – if that’s something you’re interested in.

Just remember that you’re under no obligation to explain yourself, if it’s something you’re not quite comfortable with. You won’t necessarily lose marks for being vague.

 
Example:
I’m currently studying for my EA Diploma, and looking for a position which will enable me to dedicate more time to my course whilst I build my skills. However, I am extremely flexible, and happy to take on more work outside my contracted hours, wherever possible.

 

Fourth/Fifth paragraph – What can you do for the company?

Use actual, quantifiable examples to emphasise what you can do for the company.

These might be performance based, and could include examples from previous positions, your current job, or even from your academic career.

Always make sure you choose tangible examples that are specifically tailored to the role. Backing up your claims, such as ‘Increased revenue by x%’, will be far more desirable to a recruiter than simply stating you ‘Increased revenue’.

Other examples include ‘Improved productivity by X%, ‘an increase in students grades by x’ and ‘achieved a first class distinction grade in my dissertation on x’.

 
Example:
In my previous role as a full-time Office Administrator at Company Ltd, I was responsible for the reorganisation and recategorisation of the office filing system, as well as implementing a change in stationery supplier – which reduced costs in this area by over 20%.

Additionally, part of my role involved diary management for the company’s Managing Director, as well as typing up correspondence and meeting minutes, where appropriate.

 

Final paragraph – Reiterate

Finish off by reiterating your interest in the role, and why you’re the right person for a position.

Extra points will be given to any nod you can give when it comes to your research.

 
Example:
I am confident that this experience, coupled with the modules I’m currently undertaking as part of my Diploma (including budgeting, business document production and event management), will have an immediate impact on the business and allow me to help Company Ltd build upon their reputation as the biggest supplier of paper and packaging solutions in the UK.

 

Closing the letter

Finally, sign off your cover letter by thanking the recruiter for their time. It is also a good opportunity to indicate you’d like to meet with the employer for an interview.

Use ‘Yours Sincerely’ (if you know the name of the hiring manager)/’Yours Faithfully’ (if you do not), and your name.

Also, use this opportunity to include your contact details – just in case your cover letter ends up getting separated from the rest of your CV

 
Example:
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss my application further.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]

[Your contact details]

 

Final thoughts

Remember: This template is intended to be a guideline. Don’t be tempted to use it as a ready-made cover letter.

Without the proper research into the company, and without tailoring it to the role, it will lack the impact that could make all the difference when it comes to securing your perfect part-time position.

 

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