Retail Cover Letter With Little Experience

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

Landing a job is a challenge for many professionals. Landing a job without any experience can be an even bigger challenge.

As a job seeker without any experience, it’s discouraging when you’ve applied for dozens (or hundreds) of jobs and received zero responses from employers. Although you might feel like giving up on your job search, it’s important to persevere and continue writing cover letters that will make you stand out to employers.

Here are some tips for writing a cover letter when you have little or no experience:

First Paragraph: Clearly introduce yourself.

The first paragraph is your opportunity to make a strong first impression on the employer. This section should explain who you are, the position you’re interested in, and how you discovered the opportunity.

[Related: Employers, learn how to get strategic to attract the right applicants by being specific about these 11 things.]

The introduction is also a great opportunity to mention and connections you have with the organization. For example, if you know a previous intern or alumni who worked for the organization, be sure to mention his or her name in your introduction.

For example:

My name is Sarah and I’m a recent graduate from Purdue University. I graduated in December with a B.A. in communications and a minor in marketing. An alumni forwarded me a job posting about your Associate Marketer position at ABC Media Group. I’m highly interested in this opportunity because I’d make a great fit for your agency.”

Second Paragraph: Talk about your relevant skills and accomplishments.

This section is the biggest challenge for job seekers with little or no experience. It’s also the section where many job seekers make mistakes because they don’t know how to highlight their relevant skills and classroom experience.

As you explain why you’re qualified for the position, it’s important to connect the dots with the employer. For instance, if you didn’t have a marketing internship but you’ve gained a lot of marketing experience through a part-time job in student services, you could highlight the communications skills and experience you gained through that position.

For example:

“I realize you’re looking for a candidate with strong written and oral communications skills, as well as experience with event planning and strategy development. As an office assistant in Purdue’s Office of Student Life, I was responsible for planning and promoting campus movie nights for students. This project required me to promote the event on social media, send email blasts to students, and design flyers to post around campus.”

Third Paragraph: Highlight your best qualities and explain why you’re a good fit.

Most employers want to hire candidates who are creative, team players, and have strong time management skills. Although you consider yourself a great fit for the position, you need to use examples that illustrate why you’re a good fit for the job. The reality is, simply stating that you have excellent time management skills and a knack for leadership won’t land you a job.

When talking about your qualities, it’s important to talk about real-life examples. The key point to remember here is to make sure your examples are succinct and visual.

For example:

“During my final semester at Purdue, I led a group of three students to create a marketing campaign for an animal shelter in Indianapolis. I was responsible for leading brainstorming sessions, communicating with our client, and editing the final version of the campaign. Through this project, I learned how to collaborate with others and work effectively in a team in order to accomplish a common goal.”

Fourth Paragraph: Conclude with a call to action.

The final paragraph is the section that will seal the deal for a job interview. You want to leave a lasting impression on the reader, so make sure your conclusion is confident, upbeat, and encourages the hiring manager to get in touch with you.

For example:

“With the combination of my marketing experience and leadership skills, I’m confident I’d make a great fit your this position. Thank you for taking the time to review my application and consider me as a candidate. I will follow up next Wednesday to schedule a time to talk with you more about this position. I look forward to hearing from you soon!”

After you’ve proofread the cover letter and are confident it’s error-free, you’re ready to send it to the hiring manager. Make sure you’ve included a header at the top of the document including your contact information and a shortened URL for your LinkedIn account. Once the document is ready, save it as a PDF and attach to an email for the hiring manager. This will ensure the formatting of your cover letter doesn’t change once it’s downloaded by the recipient.

Just because you don’t have experience doesn’t mean you can’t write a stellar cover letter. By following these tips, you’ll write a cover letter that gets you noticed by employers and land your first entry-level job.

What are your best tips for writing a cover letter without experience?

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