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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?

 

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 Rick Bowman

How to Write a Cover Letter

Rick Bowman - Thursday, August 23, 2012

When going for a teaching job, one thing that you are going to have to do is to create a cover letter to go with your résumé. This may seem like a daunting prospect, but there are some things that you can do in order to make your cover letter a good one. Here are some tips for writing your teacher cover letter.

Address the Letter Correctly – If you are trying to go for a professional approach then you need to make sure that you address your teacher cover letter in the correct manner. Avoid using informal headers like “Hi”. Instead, you should be writing something along the lines of “Dear Sir/Madam” or “To Whom it May Concern”. Both of these will allow you to seem professional rather than informal.

Make the Letter a Brief One – When writing a teacher cover letter, one of the most common mistakes is writing several pages. The problem with this is that potential employers do not want to read pages and pages of irrelevant filler. Be to the point. Simply outline why you have sent them your résumé, and what you are hoping to accomplish.

Errors Should Not Exist – One of the main things to remember, when it comes to writing a teacher cover letter, is that errors should not be present anywhere in your cover letter. Even something as simple as a spelling mistake can completely ruin your chances of gaining employment. The best way to make sure that there are no errors is to spell check, proof read, and ask other people to proof read as well.

Always Type your Cover Letter – One big mistake that so many people make is handwriting a teacher cover letter. Handwriting a letter is unprofessional, and will definitely not help your chances of gaining employment. Always use a word processor to type your teacher cover letter. In addition, avoid using irregular fonts. Standard fonts like Times New Roman will be sufficient.

As long as you follow these tips then you should have no problem when it comes to creating a successful teacher cover letter. Getting a teaching job can be incredibly difficult, but the more you prepare yourself the better. As long as you create a concise, well written cover letter, you’re headed in the right direction.  

Rick Bowman