General Cover Letters Vs. Specific Cover Letters
When job-hunting it is quite common that a job seeker will apply to more than one school and position. However, sometimes a person is looking to transition into one specific career or desired organization. If you are looking to send out your resume more than once, it may be a good idea to develop a more general cover letter. Ultimately, it saves time and allows you to perform only minor tweaking. A generic letter is also beneficial if you are applying to a wide array of positions that do not relate to one another.
When crafting a non-specific cover letter, you must make sure that you really highlight your education, qualifications, broad base of knowledge, and versatile skill sets. Since you are unable to draw on specific philosophies or goals of the school district, you cannot play on their unique needs. However, all employers are looking for these same key traits:
- Ability to work well with others, as well as independently and unsupervised.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Talent for staying organized, focused, and on-track.
- Solid problem solving and critical- or higher-level thinking skills.
In your generic cover letter, highlight these traits and communicate how they will make you an asset to the hiring school district. If you do not possess any of these qualities/skills, do not include them in your letter. Make sure that you are always able to back up what you put down on paper. The employer will determine during the interview whether or not you actually have these qualities, and can always check with your references. Always remain honest in any of your job-seeking documents. In addition to the traits listed above, list the various positions you have held in the past, and draw on skills, experiences, and achievements you can bring to future positions.
If you are writing a cover letter for a specific position and district, make sure that you take a close look at their job posting, and demonstrate how you meet their particular requirements and are able to carry out the listed responsibilities. If the school district's philosophy is not stated on their advertisement, do some research and find out what it is. Explain how you are able to help the district meet set goals and standards. In addition, demonstrate your commitment to the district and enthusiasm for obtaining that position and working with them.
Also include any relevant accomplishments that a potential employer might see as beneficial for their school. Bulleting items is a quick, attention-grabbing method for conveying key information:
- Designed a school emergency response plan template that was adopted by ABC School District.
- Recommended and assisted in implementing new programs including Saxon Math, Math Their Way, and Restitution into the school and trained other teachers in the use of these programs.