Every time you send a resume you will have to send a covering letter as well, whether you are sending a speculative application or responding to some advert. These days it is considered unprofessional not sending a cover letter along with your resume. Unless the advertisement says that you do not need to send a cover letter. The cover letter is the most important document, because it will introduce you to the prospective employer and this may get you an interview as well.
The covering letter needs to talk a little more than your resume. Before you begin writing your executive chef cover letter you will have to decide what exactly are you trying to achieve. Find out the recruitment person whom you want to target this letter. After all the efforts that you have put in for writing your resume, do not simply write anything in the covering letter. Your cover letter should start with an arresting headline or sentence. In the letter be creative, be yourself, but never lie.
The whole and sole purpose of a cover letter is inviting attention to your resume so that the recruitment manager reads it completely. Make sure that you address every point that has been mentioned by the recruiter for that particular job post. Once you have done that all you need to do is summarize your letter and send out request for an interview. This is the only opportunity, even though you have managed to engage the reader with a good story, you should never end the cover letter without requesting for an interview.
Here is an example executive chef cover letter that can give you an idea of how exactly you need to write a cover letter for yourself.
Your Contact Information
163 Mount Haven Street
New Hampshire, NH93847
E-mail id: firstname.lastname@example.org
Employer Contact Information
Mr. Trent Stewart
8471 Rockford Street
New Hampshire, NH93784
Date: June 6, 2011
Dear Mr. Stewart,
I am submitting this application for the post of executive chef as listed on your website. I am a well qualified chef and I am attaching my resume for your further consideration.
From the past ten years, I have worked with two famous area restaurants: Polo Lounge and The Plaza. In these restaurants I was the executive chef and was responsible for temporary and ongoing restaurant and kitchen needs. This mainly included implementing and creating daily menus, restocking and ordering new supplies, managing the entire kitchen staff with excellence, ensuring that the best quality of food was served, as well as maintaining a hygienic environment. I am good in delegating tasks, creating excellent culinary masterpieces and working with all the staff members in mentoring role.
For viewing my portfolio, I would like to meet you in person at your time and convenience. You can contact me at 375-194-3856 or e-mail me at email@example.com. Thank you for your consideration and time.
This is how you can draft your cover letter. Make sure that you mention all your skills as an executive chef and attach your work profile if the organization asks for it. However, proofread the article before you e-mail it.