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Writing a Teacher Cover Letter 101
Getting to the head of the class as a teacher is one of the toughest jobs of all, because at around the time you're going to be looking for a job, you're going to find yourself in the midst of a glut of other applicants. The hiring process for the school system – as you well know – comes in concentrated spurts where hundreds of people like you make a charge for a limited number of positions. But since you know what you are worth and since you have such a passion for this noble calling in life, wouldn't you like to make sure that the administrator of the school to which you are applying has the best opportunity to see that? Crafting a cover letter for any job is tough enough, but a teacher cover letter must be one of the stiffest challenges of all.
And yet, there are some elementary steps you can take to ensure that your cover letter is seen in the best possible light. Basic things first: in order to be taken seriously as a teacher, you must follow a rigorous discipline of accuracy. Accuracy in your spelling and grammar are obvious, and must not be overlooked. But more than that, being accurate about the name and type of school you are applying to and about the name of the specific person you are writing to, can work wonders. There is nothing like research to prove your eagerness to excel and by addressing your cover letter to the specific person, and being able to discuss why it is that you think that specific school is right for you – and you are right for it – you can show that you are willing to go the extra mile to get things right.
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Content is only half the trick though, and you ought to take the time to focus on some other attention getting ingredients. These can be the style and type of font you use, the formatting and even the paper. Don't get too carried away with this – scented paper will send out the wrong message! But bear in mind that the more attention you can grab right up front, the more you will be noticed going forward. It not only shows that you are willing to put in some effort and really think about the best way to impart information that sticks, it shows that you are able and willing to be creative and innovative, exciting traits in any teacher.
None of this will matter in the final exam however if you fail to give them an easy way to contact you. Let's face it, they cannot offer you a job if they can't get in touch with you. Give them a strong call to action to back up your outstanding teacher cover letter and couple that with an effortless means of communicating with you.
One last thing: you can find an endless set of templates that come ready made on the Internet and within most good software applications, but please don't use them. None of those things are particularly original any more and though you might think you have found something that looks really great, it is almost a cast-iron guarantee that the superintendent or principal of your chosen school has seen them a thousand times before. And doesn't that just defeat the whole object of this little exercise?
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