How to Write a Cover Letter for a Student Part-Time Job

If you're looking for a student part-time job, you may think you won't need a cover letter because the job is "just" part-time. In fact, a well-written cover letter might get you the job. It shows you are willing to make an extra effort. In this article, you'll discover how to write a great cover letter for a student part-time job.

General Advice

You'll want to make sure your letter is just one page. The letter should focus on the essential details and not provide a lot of filler, especially in the case of a part-time position. You'll also want to address the letter to a specific person. Do not use "To Whom It May Concern." If you can't discover the name of the person, go ahead and write "Dear Hiring Manager."

Header

Every cover letter should start with a header that contains all your contact information. Include your cell phone number and email address in addition to your home phone and physical address. This header is usually on the upper left side of the page, but it can be centered. After the header, leave a space and then put in today's date. After another space, put in the name, title and address of the person you're writing to. This block should definitely be on the upper left side.

Leave another space, write your greeting and begin the actual letter.

Opening

The first paragraph is the most critical of the whole letter. It's where you state your strong interest in the student part-time job and lay out a reason for the reader to consider you for the position. Just because the job is part-time is no reason to be less enthusiastic or professional. You'll want to state your qualification for getting the job. Here's an example of what your opening sentence might be like: "As a student with a strong interest in an administrative career, I was very excited to learn of your opening for a part-time office worker." You'll want to combine your educational status with the job you're after. Let the employer know you're considering a career related to the part-time work.

If you are being referred to the job by an employee or a respectable person, definitely slip that name into the opening. That can be a powerful advantage.

Body

The body is where you go into a little more detail about why you'd be a good fit for the job. It's a good idea to mention punctuality and a stable work history, because many people don't seem to take a part-time job as seriously as full-time work. You can use a bullet list to mention experience and qualifications. Such a list might appear like this:

  • Excellent school attendance record, have not missed a day this year
  • Previously worked at Smith's Grocery
  • Can provide good references from previous employers

Conclusion

Wrap things up with a final paragraph restating your interest in the job and mentioning how you can use it as a learning experience. Don't forget to thank the reader for the opportunity to apply to this student part-time job. And don't forget to check the letter for typos and errors before you send it out.