Is Your Cover Letter Generating the Response You Want?
The way your cover letter is written will directly affect the message it delivers - make sure it's the right one. Don't be like the majority of the job seekers who develop bland letters, you need a document to show your passion, interest, and ability to get the reader to move on to the resume and ultimately get a call for an interview.
The cover letter tips below will help you understand how to communicate your thoughts and show your personality. It is extremely important to show the district representatives how you can fix their staffing problems and how you will be valuable to their students' education. With the following advice, you can make your letter look and sound better. If you are still not satisfied with it, let us know.
- Let your personality and energy shine through your words.
- Include a few vivid details about your background to capture the reader's interest.
- Write each cover letter separately, even if you use a prototype. Personalize each letter with a sentence or two designed to reflect sincere interest in the specific school district.
- Check and recheck for accuracy in spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure.
- Express your capabilities with confidence, but don't exaggerate.
- Use natural language in simple, direct, and clear sentences. Don't try to impress the reader with unusual vocabulary or complicated sentence structures.
- Show the reader that you've done your homework and have a genuine understanding of the district's needs, mission statement, and philosophy.
- Be sincere in your praise, but don't overdo it!
- Make sure the letter is completely professional in appearance. Use standard business letter format on stationery matching your resume.
- Write to the specific individual, if possible, rather than Dear Hiring Manager. Be sure you spell the individual's name correctly.
- Whenever feasible, use networking resources (industry contracts) to introduce yourself in the opening paragraph of your letter.
- Finish with a strong closing statement indicating the action you desire. Take the initiative to request an interview.
- Keep copies of everything you send and follow up when possible.
- Make yourself easily available and tell the reader how to reach you. Provide a number that will be answered either by a person or by voice mail. If possible, include an email address.
- It is important to mention activities, honors, and special skills. These can demonstrate skills the districts are looking for, such as leadership, organization, critical thinking, teamwork, self-management, initiative, and the ability to influence others.
- Don't forget to sign and package your cover letter nicely.