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Write a cover letter that will stand out from the stack.

When applying for jobs, we focus on the resume, and the cover letter is an afterthought. These tips will help you keep the cover letter top of mind.

Let's start with the basics. What is a cover letter?

A cover letter is a letter showing your interest in the job. It should be one page in length. It accompanies your resume when you are applying for a job. It is a great way to make a positive first impression on the employer.

What do I include in a cover letter?

  • Personal Header

    • Date

    • Your name

    • Your contact information (address, phone number, email address, link to your digital portfolio, and professional social media)

  • School information

    • Name

    • Address

    • Phone number

  • Greeting - address your cover letter to the specific person who is hiring. You might have to search the school's website to find out to whom to address your letter. Sometimes it could be the HR director, Principal, or Superintendent.

  • Opening paragraph

    • Introduce yourself

    • Explain which position you are applying for and how you found the posting.

    • Share your expertise and experience here.

  • Middle paragraph(s)

    • Detail your skills that show you are the best candidate for this position.

    • Share your specific skills and give examples

    • Don't just repeat your resume

    • Highlight the skills that the hiring team is looking for in the job posting.

  • Closing paragraph

    • Include an impactful final sentence that sums up your teaching philosophy

    • Please share that you're looking forward to hearing from them.

  • Signature

    • Full name

    • Contact info

Tips to make your cover letter stand out

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