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Writing cover letters for a student job

Are you trying to write cover letters for a student job? Given that you will probably have limited working experience and restrictions on your time due to studying, it can be tricky to know what to say. However, the right cover letter can really put you ahead of the competition - so it's worth spending some time on.

Cover letters for a student job can come in many different formats, and as student jobs themselves can vary greatly, there is no "typical" student job cover letter. However, this sample may offer some guidance.

Dear [name of contact or manager],

I am a second year English student with a passion for literature and I would love to be considered for the position of Bookshop Assistant, as advertised in the Local Paper.

I have two years' experience as a waitress and during this time I developed excellent customer service skills. I believe that these skills, combined with my love of working with people, make me a strong candidate for this job.

Although I have never operated a till before, part of my waitressing role involved managing a cash float. As a result, I have gained confident money handling skills.

My limited course hours mean that I am reasonably flexible in terms of shift patterns and hours. I have attached a copy of my timetable for your perusal.

Thank you for taking the time to review my application. If you need any further information, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Kind Regards,

[Your name]

[Your email address]

[Your phone number]

Remember that when advertising casual and part time jobs, employers expect to receive applications from students. It's therefore a good idea that, when writing cover letters for a student job, you are honest about your availability and your course commitments - this will ensure that you don't waste your time or theirs. Employers are usually willing to be flexible for the right candidate.

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