Why are Cover Letters so Important?
Too often cover letters are hastily written, almost as an afterthought. However, a cover letter introduces you and your application packet to the employer, so it’s likely that it will be with your cover letter that you make your first impression. This makes it a very important document and one that deserves a reasonable amount of time and thought.
While your CV is an opportunity to show the employer your past qualifications and accomplishments, the cover letter is your chance to show the employer the connection between your skills and their needs for the position you are seeking. Wherever possible, then, it makes sense to tailor your cover letters to highlight those.
TIPPS HANDOUTS ON COVER LETTERS
TiPPS for Writing and Tailoring Cover Letters (revised 2016)
TiPPS cover letter evaluation task (PDF file)
BOOKS THAT TALK ABOUT COVER LETTERS
Vick, J. M., Furlong, J. S., & Lurie, R. (2016). The academic job search handbook. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press. [This excellent book is available online for University of Hawaii at Mānoa faculty, staff, and students.]
Beatty, R.H. (1989). The perfect cover letter. New York: John Wiley & Sons. [NOTE: the copy of this book that exists in Hamilton Library is missing some pages, but still has a lot of useful information in the chapters on characteristics of good and bad cover letters.]
Formo, D.M. & Reed, C. (1999). Job search in academe: Strategic rhetorics for faculty job candidates. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, Inc.
WEBSITES WITH GUIDELINES FOR WRITING COVER LETTERS
The Basics of Cover Letter Writing, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Another excellent read on the topic of cover letters. A nice bulleted list of advice and a sample letter that illustrates this advice in action.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab on Academic Cover Letters
A clear and thorough look at academic cover letters and the importance of tailoring your letters to your audience, plus a sample letter that illustrates their main points.
University of Wisconsin at Madison: Writer’s Handbook: Writing cover letters
A concise collection of tips for writing your cover letter.
Teacher Cover Letter
Customize the teacher cover letter for your own use.
This cover letter can be sent with your resume in response to a specific teaching job opening. Adapt the letter according to the requirements of the teaching job you are applying for. Highlight your teaching strengths and areas of expertise as they relate to the needs of the district.
Focus on the reasons why you are a good and enthusiastic candidate for the teaching job opportunity. Motivate the employer to take your application to the next level of the hiring process.
Teacher Cover Letter
Your contact details(phone and email)
Mrs Joan Jackson
Human Resources Manager
Worcester School District
21 Irving Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Dear Mrs Jackson
I read about the Elementary Teacher position advertised on Teachers.com with great interest as my qualifications and experience closely match your requirements. Therefore, please accept my resume for your review and consideration and allow me to briefly explain how I can contribute to your district.
Since graduating eight years ago with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in both early childhood and elementary education I have worked in a variety of educational settings. I have developed many valuable skills while teaching diverse groups of students including both children with learning disabilities and gifted children. I am adept at individualizing the curriculum to meet each child's different needs and designing resourceful lesson plans that accommodate differing learning abilities and interests.
I enjoy being creative and utilizing new ideas and approaches to improve the learning environment for my students. I have incorporated a variety of hands on activities, fun manipulatives and learning projects to inspire and motivate the students. This also includes the innovative integration of technology across the curriculum.
I am passionate about empowering elementary school children and helping them to develop their full potential. Part of this process includes close interaction with parents to encourage participation and reinforce learning in the home while building the child's self esteem and confidence.
I am well aware of the high standards of your district and it would be a wonderful challenge for me to be part of your school staff. I look forward to discussing this opportunity with you at your earliest convenience. Please feel free to contact me via phone or e-mail.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you soon.
Your teacher cover letter should clearly demonstrate your enthusiasm for teaching and your ability to communicate. Highlight a couple of key strengths that make you the right job candidate. Use this guide to find out your strengths.
Clearly present your areas of expertise and come across as a professional and committed teaching job candidate.
Include why you are interested in that particular age group and that specific school district. Use clear and direct language and carefully proofread your letter.
Helpful teacher cover letter tips.
Use this sample teacher resume to develop your own convincing resume
Entry Level Teacher Resume
Teaching Resume Objective
Art Teacher Resume
Assistant Teacher Resume
This comprehensive teacher job description provides further help for developing your cover letter and resume.
The kindergarten teacher job description can be used for teachers in the kindergarten phase.
The detailed job description for a special education teacher is another useful resource.
Art Teacher Job Description
Your Teacher Job Interview
It is important to make sure your teacher portfolio is current and ready for presentation when you are involved in a job search.
Be well prepared for your teacher job interview. View the interview as an opportunity to set yourself apart from the competition.
Go through these sample teacher interview questions and answers and be ready to confidently handle your interview.
If you are going for a special education teacher job interview, use these sample interview questions to prepare.
Find excellent teaching job resources to help you in your job search.
Sample Cover Letters > Teacher Cover Letter
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