The job of a restaurant manager can differ, which makes writing a one-size-fits-all cover letter a bad move.
For example, has the restaurant manager worked in fast-food restaurants? Fine dining/upscale restaurants? Cafeteria-style?
We recommend not using the below restaurant manager cover letter “as is.” Customize it to best fit your management focus — but also write your letter so it highlights how your skills are relevant to the next employer.
The hospitality industry can vary greatly, which means that management roles can vary greatly as well. The manager could focus on the front of the house, back of the house, or both.
The manager could have full management responsibilities over:
- Restaurant Costs
- Advertising & Marketing
- Menu Making/Planning
- F&B Contract Negotiations
- Servsafe Compliance
- Event Planning & Management
And, the manager could get their hands dirty (routinely or on occasion) by helping with food preparation, performing table service, POS bill processing, and so on.
Regardless of the environment, customer service and retention is a FOCAL POINT for every Restaurant Manager. Restaurants know that in order to stay in business they must provide great food, friendly table service, and a positive atmosphere.
The New Boom
You may have heard that “food is the new internet.”
The latest boom in food trucks, cooking shows, exotic cuisines, and food concoctions (e.g., oat milk) are changing what and how we eat.
Customers are highly educated and look to online review sites such as Google Reviews to find, research, and get customer feedback on new restaurant selections.
With the changing industry, Restaurant Managers are taking on new job tasks (e.g., managing social media accounts) and are under pressure more than ever.
Base Salary, Employment Outlook & Hours for Restaurant Managers
Because of these varying job responsibilities, a competitive salary for Restaurant Managers is an average of $45,513, according to Payscale.com. Salaries are much higher for hospitality managers employed in notable “food cities” throughout the U.S.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that employment in the F&B industry will continue growing well into the mid-2020s.
One of the biggest caveats for Restaurant Managers is the number of hours they work. Much like an Owner, managers can work up to 80 hours a week in the restaurant, making it not your typical nine-to-five employer.
Restaurants have statistically been high turnover businesses because of the hours and stress. Because of this, restaurants are using unique staff recruitment and hiring strategies to assist with a worker shortage.
A NY Times article in 2018 highlighted how Taco Bamba Taqueria hired formerly incarcerated staff and used unique staff training (e.g., liquor tastings) as a recruitment/hiring method.
How to Write a Cover Letter + Example Below
The biggest challenge for most job seekers is writing a cover letter for each position.
Adding new layers to the complexity of letter writing is that we don’t always know who to write the cover letter to.
This means, job seekers use salutations like “to whom it may concern” or other sloppy techniques; e.g., avoid using a subject line or overlook grammatical errors.
Job seekers are generally time-strapped and oftentimes take shortcuts and overlook issues with spelling and grammar.
Restaurant Manager Cover Letter Sample
The below restaurant manager cover letter outlines the job responsibilities that hospitality managers deal with daily.
It’s important to note that this cover letter could be customized to be an effective cover letter for other hospitality and tourism-related employers. For example, this cover letter could be submitted to hotels, entertainment businesses, travel/leisure groups, and wine/spirit stores.
Hospitality cover letters reiterate customer programs that the manager has helped develop and implement. Highlighting your involvement with profit increases and cost reductions will help you get noticed.
So, writing your cover letter so it puts emphasis on these two key skills could go a long way to reflecting you as an ideal candidate.
Don’t overlook the job advertisement. It’s a treasure trove of information to help personalize your letters. Write your letter so it focuses on each job requirement outlined by the hiring manager.
City, State Zip
I’m a 15-year restaurant veteran, starting in fast food and I progressed into my current fine-dining job at Coco’s Restaurant in Dayton.
I started my hospitality career by working as a dishwasher and bussing tables. After a couple of years, I transitioned into a server and took additional shifts as a host on the weekends.
Currently, I oversee many management responsibilities that you might expect, including:
Staff Hiring & Training — Guest Experience Goals — Labor Management — F&B and Labor Cost Controls — Food Quality & Safety — Waitstaff Evaluations — Site Cleanliness — Restaurant Policy & Procedures
This groundfloor restaurant experience has gone a long way to career development and boosting my success as a Restaurant Manager. For example, I reduced employee turnover to less than 23% (a 58% reduction from the previous year). And, I reduced operating costs by $125,300 in the first 6 months of this year alone.
I’m a member of a national restaurant association. And, I conduct job and management training (e.g., proper food handling/safety and customer service skills) to waitstaff throughout Dayton and Cincinnati.
In the next couple of days, I will contact you to ensure receipt of the attached. I would entertain the opportunity to discuss this position further. Contact me at (937) 816-1687 to schedule an interview.
Thank you for your time and consideration.