Retail Cover Letter With Little Experience Kit

The two cover letters on this page are both for the retail industry. The first is a cashier seeking a managerial position, the second is an entry-level candidate hoping to land a full time job. These cover letters have been written based on real resume samples hosted on our website.

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Both letters on this page follow the template outlined in our cover letter writing guide

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Table of Contents

  1. Retail (Cashier) Cover Letter Sample
  2. Entry-Level Cashier Cover Letter

Retail (Cashier) Cover Letter Sample

Based on the following resume sample (click to expand):

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Cashier CL Templates

(Manager’s Name)

HR Manager

Company Name

Company Address

Date

Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. (Manager’s Name)

I’m writing you today regarding the open position for head cashier. As this is a role I am currently seeking, I was pleasantly surprised at my luck, and wish to take this opportunity to apply, as I feel I’d be a perfect fit for the job.

I have 8 years of experience as a cashier in the retail industry, having worked the last 3 years for Best Buy. As a Cashier, my main function was operating the POS cash register, handling 92 transactions on average daily, maintain thorough knowledge of store merchandising and providing exceptional customer service. Working at Best Buy has helped me learn the ins and outs of successful cashier operation, how to file important financial information, handle daily accounts and maintain inventory. I have successfully received top ratings for accuracy and efficiency throughout my tenure.

Previously, I also worked at Barnes & Nobles as a Cashier, where I increased customer satisfaction by 9% in just 6 months by implementing new corporate strategies. I take pride in working with integrity, and have a passion for delivering and promoting outstanding results as an individual, and as part of a team. I would be thankful for a chance to interview with you, and hope that you afford me the opportunity.

Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Name

Address

T: Phone number

E: email address


Entry-Level Cashier Cover Letter

Based on the following resume sample (click to expand):

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Entry-Level Cashier CL Templates

(Manager’s Name)

HR Manager

Company Name

Company Address

Date

Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. (Manager’s Name)

I’m excited to be writing to you regarding the cashier vacancy advertised on (Website’s Name). I am a committed and motivated applicant, and bring your company my knowledge of and experience with cash handling, accuracy and thoroughness, and the ability to negotiate and resolve disputes.

I have previously worked at McDonald’s as a cashier.  During that time, I developed and sharpened my skills in all aspects associated with handling cash, checks, vouchers, and credit cards. I consistently exceeded all goals set for me, and was valued for my hard work, reliability, tenacity and ability to come up with solutions to complex problems. This was particularly well illustrated when I was tasked with supervising 4 new employees providing them with job training.

As noted on my resume, I also worked at Cornell College as a Resident Assistant, where my duties included enforcing rules and regulations to ensure safety of over 150 students. This job also required me to provide emergency first aid and summon medical assistance whenever necessary.

My core strengths include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Adept in receiving payments from customers and issuing change due, receipts, or refunds to customers
  • Always being friendly, keen, and helpful
  • High attention to details
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Enclosed with this application is my resume, which lists my professional experience, skills, and education in detail. I would be grateful for the opportunity to demonstrate my capabilities further during an interview. Please feel free to contact me to arrange a meeting at your earliest convenience.

Sincerely,

Name

Address

T: Phone number

E: email address


Another Useful Retail Letter Sample

  1. MyFuture.edu Sample

A cover letter is an important tool to use when applying for a job because it:

  • Introduces you to the prospective employer
  • Highlights your enthusiasm for the position
  • Describes your specific skills and qualifications for the job or internship, and clearly explains why you are a good fit
  • Confirms your availability to start a new position

You should always include a cover letter when applying for a job unless you are specifically told not to by the employer. We recommend that you write a cover letter (aka letter of intent) after you have drafted and tailored your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) for a particular job description. For academic faculty and teaching positions, see cover letter instructions in Masters, Ph.D.'s and Postdocs section. When applying online and limited to uploading one document, you can create a single PDF document that includes both your resume and cover letter.

What to Include in a Cover Letter

Use the cover letter template and planner to get started. When drafting your cover letter, keep the following DO’s and DON’Ts in mind:

Do's

  • Limit the cover letter to one page if possible, unless applying to academic faculty, teaching or research positions.
  • Use the same font and formatting in the cover letter as you use in your resume.
  • You might also want to use the same header in both a cover letter and resume. See header formatting examples.
  • If providing a printed copy, use the same type of paper for both your cover letter and resume. Resume paper can be purchased at the UC Davis Bookstore or at an office supply store.
  • Many tech companies prefer the cover letter not be attached, but uploaded as text in an email with the resume attached.
  • Use formal, professional language in a cover letter. This is true when sending your cover letter as text in an email (above point).
  • Personalize each cover letter to the specific position you are applying to.
  • Address your cover letter to a specific person or the hiring manager whenever possible. If you don’t know their name, use one of the following examples:
    • "Dear Hiring Manager,"
    • "Dear [insert department here] Hiring Team,"
    • "Dear Recruiter, "
    • “Dear Search Committee Chair and Committee Members:” (used for academic teaching positions)
    • "To Whom It May Concern: " Note, this last one uses a “:” not a “,”
  • Check for typos, proper grammar and accuracy.
  • Use spellcheck, but do not rely on it to catch all errors.
  • Have multiple people review your application materials.
  • Make an appointment with an ICC adviser to review your application materials before you apply.

Don'ts

  • Unless told explicitly not to, you should always include a cover letter in your application.
  • Don’t use text abbreviations or emoticons if you are using email.
  • Don’t be too wordy or write just to fill the entire page.
  • Don’t submit a generic “one size fits all” cover letter; tailor your cover letter to fit each position. Thus, none of your cover letters will be exactly the same, though a lot of content will be similar in each.
  • Don’t repeat or summarize your resume in your cover letter. Instead, focus the cover letter on your enthusiasm for the job, excitement about working with that organization, to highlight unique skills that make you qualified for the position and a good fit for the employer.
  • Don’t overuse adjectives or superlatives, especially subjective ones (e.g. “You are the best company in the world” or “I am the most hardworking student intern you will ever meet.”).
  • Quantify when possible. "I've helped organize three club events, including two successful initiatives attended by 25 people" is a better descriptor then "I've helped organize several club events, including a couple successful initiatives attended by many people."
  • Don’t exaggerate your skills or experience.
  • Don’t use UC Davis letterhead, logo, or UC seal in your cover letter. [NOTE: For graduate students and postdocs, some departments allow use of department letterhead for tenure-track faculty applications. Check with your department before using.]

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