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

Find a Workshop Specific For Your Teaching CV

Rick Bowman - Monday, November 26, 2012

Teachers’ Professional Resumes can help improve the CV for teachers to obtain their desired job position. Read on to know more about their workshops and how they will benefit you.

QLD and NSW workshops

Teachers Professional Resumes workshops specialise in the requirements of the QLD and NSW state systems to give teachers’ CVs and selection criteria the professional edge. Queensland and New South Wales schools have slightly different approaches to selection and recruitment, with which Teachers’ Professional Resumes are fully experienced.

The first part of the session will take place in the morning where you will learn how to present your resume, and selection criteria. For NSW teachers, we discuss the position criteria and general criteria in depth. The workshop will promote a clear understanding of an effective layout, style and impactful language. The introductory belief statement and concluding potential statement will all be thoroughly discussed in this part of the session.

The second part of the session is held after lunch. This focuses on your interview performance. The workshop will teach you some very useful strategies to make an excellent impression on the panel. Near the end, you will take a mock-interview before a panel of three interviewers who will provide immediate and honest feedback on your performance. This is a very good way to prepare you for the coming interview, thus increasing your chance of landing your dream job.

Personal consultation

For any educators who are aiming for a higher position, Teachers’ Professional Resumes has a personal consultation service to assist you in landing the job. They will create a stunning application based on your qualifications, career achievements and leadership initiatives.

Teachers seeking promotions positions choose Teachers’ Professional Resumes. They can help you land your desired job position.

Writing Your Resume for Teaching in NSW

Rick Bowman - Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Teaching in any New South Wales school is a rewarding job experience. Helping children learn is a great way to give back to your community and see young minds grow. Read on to know how to effectively write a resume to apply for a teaching position in a NSW school.

Read the job listing carefully

Before writing your resume, it is important to carefully read the job listing you will be applying for. This is found here. When writing to criteria, many applicants fail to include specific information as to what they may like to initiate or become involved in, once in the new school.  A common mistake is to write a generic resume which will be submitted to several or more job listings. Taking in any details within the job listing and knowing more about the individual school will give you important information to include within your selection criteria and perhaps your resume.

Your cover letter and resume

This is a key part of your application and usually first thing the panel will see before reading your selection criteria. Think of your cover letter and resume as an upcoming movie preview. The most common mistake is to oversimplify the cover letter with statements like “I wish to apply for the position”. Like a movie preview, the cover letter should sell your resume and make the panel eager to read on.

To maximise the quality of your cover letter, Include the reason or statement as to why you are the right candidate for the job, as well as the name of the principal or SED to make a good cover letter. 

A good rule of thumb is to only include the necessary information including your education, job experience, training and contact information. Do not include a photo, discussion of hobbies or personal interest, church affiliation or family details on a government school application.

NSW schools require six general criteria to be written, as well as certain position criteria which are included with the job listing. Present your responses to these position criteria first, and in this section be sure to include a paragraph (the Potential or Projecting Statement) at the end of each criterion which talks about your future role. This is where you show the panel what you can do for their school!  Place the six generic (General) criteria last.  These do not need to be tailored to the individual school.

Writing an approved NSW DEC resume can be a very rewarding investment. If you need help, Teachers’ Professional Resumes can work with you to obtain the teaching position you desire.

Become a Leader in Australian Education: First Step is Your Resume

Rick Bowman - Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Every successful teaching job starts with a well written resume. This includes any Australian teaching position. Read on to find out how your Australian teacher’s resume is your first step to becoming a leader in education.

The employers’ side

When a company or institution is looking to hire new employees, the hiring manager will only have a minimum amount of time to skim through all of the resumes of applicants. The hiring manager will only look for the most significant information within all of the resumes and most likely skip any information that isn’t relevant.

The cover letter of the application is almost always the most important part of a resume. This is the first thing an employer will see before your resume. A good cover letter can capture the attention of the employer which may increase the overall appeal of your resume.

As mentioned before, the employer will only look for the most significant information within your email or letter depending on the nature of the job. For example, a school who is hiring a teacher will only look for the applicant’s job experience and education found within their resume. For some employers, they will be looking for other specific information including age, gender, permanent address or major achievements of the applicant.

Benefits of a professionally written resume

Most university graduates might commit certain mistakes when they create their first resume. In addition, they might not be able to notice the mistake they have done and will most likely not receive the chance to be interviewed by the company or school to which they are applying.

Teachers who are applying for a job in a certain state for the first time may encounter problems with the state’s criteria or unique selection and recruitment requirements. Failing to understand the criteria may lessen the chance for an applicant to receive the job position. 

Professional resume writers and advisors, like those at Teacher Professional Resumes, can help create a quality resume that is truly eye-catching for any state or school within Australia and overseas. The writers know the most common mistakes to avoid when writing a resume. Depending on the state and school a teacher is applying for, they will understand the criteria an applicant must know to increase their chance of getting hired. They can also write a very eye-catching cover letter to give your resume some much needed attention.

When you are planning on applying for a teaching job, consider Teacher Professional Resumes to help you with your resume to get you started on the road to being a top Australian educator.

Rick Bowman 

How to Set Out a Teaching CV

Rick Bowman - Wednesday, August 22, 2012

If you are a fully qualified teacher then you will know how difficult it can actually be to gain employment. However, there are some things that you can do in order to drastically improve your chances. One of the best things that you can do is to make sure that your teaching CV is as good as it can possibly be. Here are some brief instructions on how to set out a teaching CV.

The Top

At the top of your teaching CV you should display the information about yourself in general. For example, you should start off by listing your full name, your address, your phone number and your email address. After this, create a sub heading for an ‘about you’ section. This should include information about yourself in general such as why you think that you would be a good teacher.

The Middle

The middle section of your teacher CV is probably the most important part. Start off by listing your qualifications and training. This will include everything from school and onwards; no qualifications should be left out. The more you list, the better your chances are. You should also list everything about your training such as the length, what you learned, the skills that you obtained and so on. Once you have done this, you should create another sub heading for your experience. Any experience that you have had, no matter what industry, should be included. Skills are skills, and the more you can demonstrate the better.

The End

The end of your teacher CV is basically your last opportunity to mention anything that you think a potential employer would want to hear. You can be a little creative here in the sense that you can put what you like, as long as you are being truthful. For example, you could include information about why you want to be a teacher, what makes you think that you would be a good teacher, and also any future goals that you have. All of this would be of interest to a potential employer.

By setting your teacher CV out in this way you are making it easy to read. You are breaking down each section so that the potential employer is not simply faced with a block of text that has no personality. As long as you are clear, concise and truthful, you should have no issues with your teacher CV.

Rick Bowman