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?
Your contact information (address, phone number, email address, link to your digital portfolio, and professional social media)
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.
Explain which position you are applying for and how you found the posting.
Share your expertise and experience here.
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.
Include an impactful final sentence that sums up your teaching philosophy
Please share that you're looking forward to hearing from them.
Tips to make your cover letter stand out
Don't use a template!
Go beyond what you listed in your resume - don't just repeat it
Customize it for each posting
Style of font and size are similar to your resume