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How to Create a Teaching Cover Letter that Works
A teaching cover letter is especially important because it is arguably more difficult to stand out from the pack when you are applying for a teaching position because of the very nature of the hiring process when it comes to the school system. Hiring is done all at once at a single point in the year, and though stand-by positions come up constantly throughout the year, you really only have one shot at becoming a fixed member of the faculty. It is therefore absolutely crucial that you ace the interview at that point or you can look forward to a year in which you won't be practicing your chosen profession on a full-time basis. The secret to acing this however has less to do with your actual resume than it does with the cover letter you attach to that lofty document. In fact, though a teaching cover letter isn't enough to secure a position on its own, it will give you a major advantage when it comes to getting onto the interview shortlist.
Consider how much time the school administrator or principal has available to sift through the hundreds of resumes they might receive, and you begin to form a picture of the challenge at hand. By attaching a standout teaching cover letter, you are simply aiding them making a decision on whether or not to put you forward for an interview, and you may earn their sincere gratitude for making an arduous task a little easier.
More Teaching Cover Letter Considerations
But all of this could backfire if you don't get it absolutely right. You need to check and double-check to make sure that not only will your teaching cover letter get noticed, it will strike the right chord when it does so. Obvious things are to ensure that all the spelling, grammar and details are correct – after all, what kind of a teacher will they think you to be if you cannot take the time to ensure these things are right? Also, make sure that you have the name of the school right and that you have addressed your cover letter – and the resume behind it – to the correct person. That is, a physical person with a real name, not merely 'The Administrator'. This is important because it shows that you are willing to put in the effort to do some research in order to ensure accuracy.
At the same time though, those elements will only make the difference for you if your cover letter is immediately noticeable, so have some fun with this. Think about the style, formatting, and typeface you will use, and give some thought to the type of paper. The more attention you can grab up front, the better. Who can resist reading a really intriguing document?
Finally, and no less importantly than any of the above – give them an easy way to contact you. If they are impressed with what they see – as they should be – and they put you on the shortlist, they are going to want to get hold of you quickly and easily. Remember that this entire process is designed to make selecting you an effortless process.
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