How to write a cover letter for a weekend job

Just because weekend jobs are casual doesn't mean that your application should be! Remember your cover letter etiquette with these tips for writing a cover letter for a weekend job...

Employers understand that applicants for weekend jobs usually have other commitments - like education, another job or childcare. Be honest with the employer and begin by introducing yourself and briefly stating your circumstances.

However, the employer still wants someone who will work hard and be an asset to their business. Describe your relevant skills and experience. If you have never worked in this industry before, focus on your transferable skills such as team work, problem solving or customer service.

Explain why you are applying for this role. This should tie in your skills with the employer's needs and also demonstrate passion for the industry and the company.

Be specific and avoid tired clichés. State examples and use figures where possible - employers love these!

Before closing your cover letter, it's a good idea to state your availability. Are you available all weekend or just Saturday afternoons? Don't waste the employer's or your own time interviewing for jobs with unsuitable hours.

If possible, contact the company to find out the name of the person to whom you should address the letter. There are few bigger turn offs than a "Dear Sir or Madam" letter that sounds like it's been sent out to every employer the applicant came across.

Finally, remember to proofread your letter and your application carefully - and read over it at least three times.


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