Warehouse Operative Cover Letter Example and How to Write

There’s a clear structure to warehouse work. Whether loading, unloading, picking, packing, moving or tidying up, you generally have a good idea of what you’re supposed to be doing and how to do it. 

 

It’s the same with writing a warehouse operative cover letter. Following the right structure and filling it up with your biggest achievements is the right way to go.

 

In this article you will see a warehouse operative cover letter example. With plenty of solid advice, you’ll be surprised at how quickly and painlessly you’ll be able to write a cover letter at least as good as the one below and better than four out of five out there.

 

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Warehouse operative cover letter sample 

 

Demi Lord

79 Guild Street

London

N12 8NQ

070 2222 2222

demi.lord@lcmail.co.uk

 

2nd September 2021

 

Leah Thornton

Warehouse Manager

Setco

12 Roker Terrace

London

EC3A 4PL

 

Dear Leah,

 

I was delighted to read that Setco is recruiting warehouse operatives in the greater London area. I have been impressed with the reliability of Setco’s logistics operations ever since I started working as warehouse operative 4+ years ago. In my current role with Mantaro, I have managed to maintain an average pick rate of 223 cases per day (over 10% higher than the average) for over a year.

 

Also at Mantaro, I operated a forklift truck to move and rearrange stock (including hazardous chemicals) for over 300 hours total, ensuring that products were moved and stored safely and labelled correctly, with zero reportable incidents. I picked an average of 1903 cases per shift over the holiday period, almost 20% more than the basic target. I optimised space usage on the fly, finding time-efficient ways to maximise space savings resulting in stock taking up 5–12% less space than expected. I also liaised with transport companies regarding time-frames and deadlines to reduce loading bay blockages by 14%, something that had flow-on effects and boosted the throughput of our whole section by an estimated 5-10%.

 

As you can see, I have a proven track record of exceeding targets and taking the initiative to improve workflow in the warehouse, all while being mindful of safety regulations and other best practices. I believe these qualities would allow me to fit right in with the Mantaro warehouse team.

 

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to discussing my qualifications further at your convenience.

 

Yours sincerely,

Demi Lord

 

Now here’s how to write a cover letter for warehouse jobs:

 

1. Start your warehouse operative cover letter with a properly set-out header

 

The process of putting together a header for your cover letter might be all too familiar at its core: below is a list of things you need to gather up into one place and some instructions for where to put them.

  • Align to the right: your full name, your postal address, your email, your phone number, (leave a line), the date
  • Align to the left: the recruiter’s name, the recruiter’s job title, the company name, the company’s postal address.

 

Note that the date is always written in the form 11th June 2021, 21st October 2021, 3rd February 2021. Read on to see what to do if you don’t know the recruiter’s name.

 

Warehouse operative cover letter header example

 

Demi Lord

79 Guild Street

London

N12 8NQ

070 2222 2222

demi.lord@lcmail.co.uk

 

2nd September 2021

 

Leah Thornton

Warehouse Manager

Setco

12 Roker Terrace

London

EC3A 4PL

 

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2. Choose an appropriate salutation for your warehouse worker cover letter

 

The best way to start a cover letter for a warehouse job is simply with:

  • Dear + the first name of the recruiter.

 

For example ‘Dear Jacob’. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this (if the hiring manager is much more senior than you, for instance), then use:

  • Dear + title + surname.

 

For example ‘Dear Mr Johnson’. Always use ‘Ms’ for women, unless they’ve made it clear that they prefer a different title. If you’re unsure of the person’s gender and don’t feel comfortable using only their first name, then use:

  • Dear + first name + surname.

 

For example ‘Dear Burcin Dakir’.

 

So what should you do if you don’t know the name of the recruiter? First and foremost, try to find out. Reread the advert for clues, search online, do some sleuthing on LinkedIn, call up and ask. Using a person’s name lights up their brain so it’s worth your while to do a little research to find it.

 

If you can’t find a specific person to whom to address your cover letter, then be as specific as you can in describing their position. ‘Dear Warehouse Manager’ is better than ‘Dear Hiring Manager’, for example. Forget about using ‘To Whom It May Concern’ or ‘Dear Sir/Madame’—you can do better.

 

Warehouse operative cover letter salutation example

 

Dear Leah,

 

3. Include a strong opening in your warehouse operative cover letter 

 

A firm handshake, good eye contact, and a clear speaking voice go a long way to making a good first impression. Unfortunately, in a letter, you have none of that to rely on. Start your warehouse cover letter with an attention-grabbing opening paragraph that makes the best kind of impression.

 

Open in a way that shows your enthusiasm for the job and what you can bring to the company. You should also mention the company by name and include the job title as it appears in the advert. This is a good idea anyway but doubly so if your application is passed through an Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

 

If you have relevant experience, then start with an impressive achievement from your current or previous job. Show that your achievement lines up with the company’s goals and, if necessary, explain how you can apply your skills to the company’s situation. More on writing achievements in the next section.

 

If you’re writing a warehouse operative cover letter with no experience, then start with your passion for the job and company. Include a relevant achievement from your studies or volunteer work. Failing that, include a belief statement that shows that you’re a good fit to the company’s values and mission.

 

The opening paragraph is also the perfect place to mention if you were referred to the position. Being recommended to the role is certainly nothing to shy away from mentioning. Hiring someone who was referred to a given position can bring many benefits to the company.

 

Your opening paragraph will be short, 40–80 words at most—just three or four sentences.

 

Warehouse operative cover letter opening paragraph example

 

I was delighted to read that Setco is recruiting warehouse operatives in the greater London area. I have been impressed with the reliability of Setco’s logistics operations ever since I started working as warehouse operative 4+ years ago. In my current role with Mantaro, I have managed to maintain an average pick rate of 223 cases per day (over 10% higher than the average) for over a year.

 

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4. Use your warehouse operative cover letter to showcase your achievements

 

This is the main part of the body of your cover letter. Nothing could be more compelling to an employer than a rapid-fire list of impressive benefits you’ve brought to your current and/or previous employer. And that’s exactly what you’re going to create here.

 

This will not be a rundown of your duties: warehouse work is similar enough everywhere that the recruiter won’t be interested in your responsibilities. What will interest them is what were you able to achieve for your previous employer—there’s a good chance you’ll bring them similar benefits.

 

Use accomplishment statements and something like the STAR method to put together your achievements. An achievement boils down to something you did and the benefits to your employer that flowed from your actions. These benefits should have concrete (even if estimated) numbers attached to them.

 

String together 2–4 of these accomplishment sentences and you have an impressive showcase of achievements. You should aim to end up with 120–200 words—one or two paragraphs.

 

Warehouse woker cover letter—body paragraph example

 

Also at Mantaro, I operated a forklift truck to move and rearrange stock (including hazardous chemicals) for over 300 hours total, ensuring that products were moved and stored safely and labelled correctly, with zero reportable incidents. I picked an average of 1903 cases per shift over the holiday period, almost 20% more than the basic target. I optimised space usage on the fly, finding time-efficient ways to maximise space savings resulting in stock taking up 5–12% less space than expected. I also liaised with transport companies regarding time-frames and deadlines to reduce loading bay blockages by 14%, something that had flow-on effects and boosted the throughput of our whole section by an estimated 5-10%.

 

5. Wrap up your warehouse operative cover letter and add a call to action

 

In the closing paragraph of your cover letter summarise your achievements and tie up any loose ends. Bring home the point about how your skills and experience will bring benefits to the company. Thank the recruiter for their time and attention. End with a confident call to action, a signal that you’d love to talks things over during a job interview.

 

Be very brief in this part and don’t introduce any new facts. Aim for 40–60 words—one or two paragraphs.

 

Cover letter for a warehouse job—closing & CTA example

 

As you can see, I have a proven track record of exceeding targets and taking the initiative to improve workflow in the warehouse, all while being mindful of safety regulations and other best practices. I believe these qualities would allow me to fit right in with the Mantaro warehouse team.

 

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to discussing my qualifications further at your convenience.

 

6. End your warehouse operative cover letter with a sign-off that matches your salutation

 

This part of your cover letter could hardly be simpler. Use:

  • ‘Yours sincerely’ if you addressed the cover letter to a named person
  • ‘Yours faithfully’ if you didn’t, e.g. ‘Dear Warehouse Manager’. 

 

Leave an extra line or two before typing your name. Sign your cover letter by hand just above your typed-out name if you’re submitting it in hardcopy. You could paste in a clean, high-quality scan of your signature for a personal touch if you’re submitting your letter electronically, but it’s not necessary.

 

Warehouse operative cover letter sign-off example

 

Yours Sincerely,

Demi Lord

 

7. What else to remember about when writing a warehouse operative cover letter?

 

The contents of your warehouse cover letter are one thing, it’s proper formatting is another. Here’s what to keep in mind when laying out your cover letter.

 

Length

 

You well know what’s it like to be pressed for time. Think of the recruiter who has a pile of applications on their to-do list. Keep your cover letter short—one A4 page at most and no less than half an A4 page. The breakdown of the body of your cover letter should look like this: 

  • Opening paragraph—between 60 and 80 words
  • Main body paragraph(s)—between 120 and 200 words
  • Closing paragraph(s)—between 40 and 60 words
  • 200–350 words total (250–400 including the header, salutation and sign-off).

 

Match your warehouse operative CV

 

Your job application is a single thing made up of two documents. Make sure your use of font, colour (if any), and general layout reflects this: match the overall look of your warehouse operative CV and cover letter.

 

Choose an appropriate font

 

Stick to a font that doesn’t draw attention to itself, so nothing crazy. Noto, Garamond, and Arial are all solid choices. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the default Liberation or Calibri, either. Keep to a font size between 10 and 12 points.

 

Make your layout clear and easy to follow

 

Space everything out nicely, leave a line blank between paragraphs. Left or fully justify your body paragraphs. If you end up with a single 200-word block of text for your main body paragraph, then separate it into two paragraphs or use bullet points to break it up a little.

 

One cover letter for one job

 

As you gain experience working in different warehouses and talk to colleagues about their prior experiences, you’ll quickly learn that workplace culture can vary radically between warehouse jobs. Tailor your cover letter to the company culture with every application—you’ll need to do some research.

 

Save as PDF

 

One final cover letter tip. Always use PDF as the default unless you’re asked to use something else. PDF files will protect your cover letter's formatting, unlike *.docx files.

 

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I really hope this article has helped you write a warehouse operative cover letter of which you can be proud. Is there something I touched upon that you’d like more information on? Leave your questions, comments, feedback and experiences down below.

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