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How important is the cover letter?

Rick Bowman - Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Cover letters are very important as they provide the “appetiser” for the employer to want to read your resume. Your resume will stand out more from other resumes if it is preceded by a good cover letter. Here are a few things to consider when writing a good cover letter for a teaching application:

Format of cover letter

If you are submitting a resume and cover letter to an educational institution, your cover letter must be written clearly and concisely, and make it easy for the employer to quickly gain an understanding of your work history, achievements and potential for the position. It is recommended your cover letter should be typed and on one side of an A4 bond sheet of paper.

Know who will read your cover letter and resume

A common mistake in most cover letters is using a generic addressing statement like “To Whom it May Concern”. This can give a negative impression to the reader. It is important to be able to know who to address within the cover letter by calling the school or institute to which you are applying. Calling them will actually show that you have initiative in applying for the position.

How to write your letter

Your cover letter should quickly grab the attention of the employer when they read it. Another common mistake in most cover letters is repeating much of the information already in the resume. Your cover letter should simply tell the employer what makes you stand out from the other applicants. It should be very broad and discuss briefly your background and reasons for applying for the position.

In the body of your cover letter, rather than detailing which university you’ve graduated from or your previous job experience, consider discussing 1-2 of your major accomplishments and how you will fit well with the goals and ethos of the new school. In other words, why should they hire you?

 

Teachers’ Professional Resumes can help you with writingyour cover letter and CV to significantly increase your chances of winning that job. Visit their website for more information.

 Rick Bowman

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