Cover Letters - Make an Excellent First Impression

An impression of a foot in the sand

Writing an excellent cover letter is important in any profession! If you're about to apply for a teaching job and are struggling with your cover letter, here are some hints to help get you started:


The first thing someone will notice about your education cover letter before they even read the content is the visual appeal. Your cover letter should be typed, rather than hand written — ensure it is in a sensible font size and style. This may seem like stating the obvious, but in an effort to make your letter stand out, it is possible to get a little carried away. Print the cover letter off on resume bond paper that matches your resume.  Make sure you have a matching envelope — attention to detail is important.

Spelling, grammar and punctuation

Submitting a letter which contains spelling or grammatical errors could be a disaster for your application. Even if you think you have a good standard of literacy, always have your letter proofread -- it's easy to miss your own mistakes. Don't use ambiguous words, make it so the letter is concise and reads smoothly. 

Keep the Content Relevant

Make a list of the points you want to include in your cover letter and then work out the most logical sequence to introduce them. Don't be tempted to include a personal sketch or mention something that isn't important to them, you need to be concise and keep it relevant. It can be helpful to look at things from the perspective of the reader and ask yourself, "If I was hiring a individual for this position, what would I be looking for in a candidate?"

Your work history and qualifications will be contained in your application form, so the cover letter is a chance to let the selection committee find out more about you as a person and the passion for the type of work you have applied for. Some of the things you might want to include are:


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