The possibility of a new teaching job can be an exciting time in a teaching career. You’ll want every advantage when applying for a new position, beginning with making a strong first impression with potential employers by crafting the perfect cover letter to accompany your résumé.
Keep in mind that the potential employers reading your cover letter and résumé will be evaluating your communication skills, as well as your enthusiasm for teaching. The following tips will help you present the qualities, skills and qualifications that will help you stand out from the competition for teaching jobs.
Business letters generally follow a specific format, consisting of an introductory paragraph, a qualifications paragraph and a request for consideration for the position.
Introducing yourself on paper can be intimidating. But in a cover letter for a teaching job, it’s important to convey the basics in a compelling way. Clearly communicate the following information:
Be specific, not generic. Read through the job notice carefully and include relevant information. You want the hiring committee to get the sense that you are prepared for and genuinely interested in the position. For example, when responding to a science teaching job listing that emphasizes botany, be sure to include a couple of sentences in your cover letter about any botany experience or studies.
Succinctly describe your strengths. Describe two or three ways you have demonstrated your effectiveness as a teacher. Include anecdotes about your unique experiences – but keep them short to respect the readers’ time. If your strengths and experiences relate to the school or district’s needs, find a way to communicate that in your letter.
Everyone’s heard the old adage, “If you want something, ask for it.” Before you close out your cover letter, be bold and ask for consideration of your qualifications for the position. State why you are interested in the position, the school and the district in which you are applying. Wrap up your letter by thanking the hiring director or committee for their consideration. Include a phone number and email address where they can reach you.
When applying for a teaching position, remember that the ideal cover letter clearly and succinctly presents to a potential employer your strengths as a teacher and qualifications for their teaching job. It contains direct and simple language, and absolutely no spelling or grammatical errors. And finally, it states your interest in the job, offers concrete examples, and demonstrates your enthusiasm and appreciation for the opportunity. You will definitely stand out from the crowd of teaching job candidates by following these simple tips!