A cover letter is often the first impression you will make on a prospective employer. Therefore, it is an opportunity for you to make yourself stand out from the other teachers applying for the position. A cover letter that demonstrates how you are uniquely suited to the position can help you get ahead of the competition.
Tailor your cover letter to align your work experience with the job requirements, irrespective of whether you are a fresh graduate or an experienced teacher, to convince the school’s hiring committee that you are the best fit for the job. Highlight your work experience and achievements that match with the job description while ensuring that you are not copying and pasting the information from your resume.
There is a constant demand for dedicated and enthusiastic teachers with a passion for teaching. If you are applying for different jobs, make sure you customise your cover letter targeting each job to appear genuinely interested in that particular job. With an intriguing introduction, focus on what skills and expertise you have to offer to school, its teaching faculty, and pupils.
Below are some tips to write an effective cover letter for a teacher:
- Keep your cover letter concise and highlight your teacher education and certifications. Emphasize why you are a good match for the job by matching the skills you bring to the table with the skills required in the job description. If the job description has specific language and terms, use them in your cover letter.
- Research the school and its culture thoroughly to be able to tailor each cover letter to match the specific school requirements for the job. Demonstrate that you possess the requisite training, education, and certification for the job, as well as any special skills mentioned in the job listing.
- Ensure that your cover letter shows you in the best light. Include examples of your accomplishments in past jobs as a teacher and highlight your successes with students. For example, if you received a teaching award or your students earned high test scores etc.
- Highlight some of your skills and strengths that match with the job description, such as an Engaging Personality and Teaching Style; Clear Objectives for Lessons, Effective Discipline Skills; Good Classroom Management Skills; Knowledge of Curriculum and Standards; Knowledge of Subject Matter; Passion for Children and Teaching; Strong Rapport with Students and parents etc., in addition to emphasizing on strong communication skills, organisation skills and critical thinking as well as any specific experience that will help distinguish you from other applicants.
- If you are a new teacher with limited experience, it will be helpful to mention any relevant work experience outside the classroom including any volunteer or non-teaching work experience that involves working with children.
- Address your cover letter to a specific person. Do your research and attempt to address the cover letter to an individual instead of “To whom it may concern”. Call the school to find out the name of the hiring manager/ Administrator/ Superintendent if it is not already listed, unless the job description specifically mentions not to call. Never use “To Whom It May Concern.” If a name is not available, use a title instead e.g., Dear Superintendent.
- Format your cover letter correctly and always spellcheck for any typos or spelling mistakes. Keep it short and crisp, no longer than one page. Remember that you have been focusing on your teacher education and certifications in your cover letter, so back your claim with copies of any certificates you have mentioned.
In conclusion, when writing a cover letter, you should introduce yourself; mention the job you are applying for; show that your skills and experience match the job description; encourage the reader to read your resume; and finish with a call to action by asking for either an interview or a meeting.
Sample Cover Letter
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