Waiter/Waitress Resume and Cover Letter Examples

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Are you applying for a job as a waiter or waitress? For some positions, you will apply by completing an , or you may be required to apply . For others, you may be required to submit a resume and cover letter for consideration.

When you write a cover letter for a waiter job, it's important to highlight the skills you have that match the job requirements listed in the job posting.

Your resume should include your most relevant work experience, typically in

Review this  before you get started, then take the time to . This way, your application materials will show the employer that you're a qualified candidate for the position.

See below for examples of a cover letter and a resume for a waiter/waitress job, as well as tips for finding a job, interviewing and getting hired to work in a restaurant.

Waiter Resume Example

This is an example of a resume for a waiter position. (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

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Waiter Resume Example (Text Version)

Matthew Applicant
789 Billings Blvd
Paw Paw, MI 49079
(269) 123-4567

Serving diners with enthusiasm and efficiency
Can handle a high volume of customers in fast-paced environments, ranging from casual to fine dining.

Key skills include:

  • Friendly, outgoing, and personable
  • Multitasking
  • TouchBistro, Toast, and Upserve experience
  • Quick learner


BETH’S BISTRO, Paw Paw, Mich.
WAITER (July 2017—Present)
Provide service for patrons at a fine-dining establishment.

Notable accomplishments:

  • Consistently record highest sales-per-shift average among staff.
  • Regularly asked to train new employees.

WAITER (August 2016—June 2017)
Took orders, served meals, set and cleared tables, and dealt with the exchange of money at a fast-paced restaurant.

HOST (June 2015—July 2016)
Scheduled reservations and helped manage seating in a popular and busy restaurant.

VOLUNTEER TUTOR (September 2016—Present)
Tutor and mentor second- and third-graders in reading.


Associate of Arts degree, expected 2020

Diploma, 2016

Waiter Email Cover Letter Example

This is an example of an email cover letter for a waitress position. (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

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Waiter Email Cover Letter Example (Text Version)

Subject: Waiter Job Opening - Damien Finkle

Dear Hiring Manager,

Please accept my enthusiastic application for the waiter position you recently advertised on Monster.com. You state that Michael’s Restaurant requires a waiter with experience in the food industry, strong customer service skills, and the ability to work under pressure. I believe I fulfill all of these requirements and am therefore an excellent candidate for the position.

I have an extensive background in the food industry. I worked for two years at a fast-food restaurant. During this time I gained experience in nearly every aspect of food service. I took orders and served customers their meals, handled the cash register, and performed daily inventory checks. As a waiter for Michael’s Restaurant, I could assist not only in taking orders and serving customers but also in a variety of other capacities in which you might need assistance.

I have also worked in customer service for years. As a cashier at a grocery store for two years, I assisted as many as one hundred customers daily; I not only helped people bag groceries and make payments, but I also offered assistance in finding obscure products and effectively using our coupons. At Riley’s Fast Food Joint, I also interacted with dozens of customers each day; I always made sure to provide clear and thorough answers to questions about our meal options and the cost of items. I know I could bring this friendly, helpful customer service to a position as a waiter at Michael’s Restaurant.

Finally, I work my best under pressure and believe I would thrive in your restaurant’s fast-paced environment. Working at the grocery store and fast food restaurant, I grew accustomed to serving dozens if not hundreds of people daily. Despite the crowds and long lines, I always maintained my quality customer service. As the captain of my high school swim team, I also learned to handle extreme pressure. For example, when a teammate was injured during a swim meet, I coolly helped reorganize the team and put a new swimmer in his place. I was always the one my teammates turned to in stressful situations, and I know I would be equally cool, calm and collected as a waiter. My experience in the food industry and in customer service, and my ability to thrive under pressure make me an excellent candidate for your waiter position.

I have enclosed my resume and will call within the next week to see if we might arrange a time to speak together. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.


Damian Finkle
123 Elm Street
Albany, NY 12224