How to Structure Your Teacher Cover Letter
Writing a attention-grabbing teacher cover letter to accompany your resume can be a frustrating and tricky business. The temptation to opt out completely is one that should be dismissed! Failing to include a cover letter can look as though you're just not putting in the effort, but it can be difficult to decide exactly what to include and what to leave out. If you're finding it hard to put your cover letter together, read on for some simple tips on how to structure a winning cover letter.
Like any letter, your cover letter can be divided into three discrete sections; the opening paragraph, the main body of the letter, and your closing paragraph. Here are some user-friendly tips on what to include in each section:
Opening paragraph of the cover letter
This is arguably the most important part of your letter because your opening paragraph is the first chance your reader has to form an opinion of you. It's important to address the letter to a specific person, if possible. Make an effort to find out the name of the hiring manager or the chair of the selection committee. Furthermore, it's absolutely crucial you spell the person's name correctly; there's nothing more likely to make a poor first impression than spelling the manager's name wrong!
Your first paragraph should state the position which you're applying for and the relevant job posting number (if applicable). It's also important to state where you heard about the vacancy; this is especially important if you've been referred by an existing employee as this can often go in your favour. On the other hand, you may be applying to position where there is no job posting, which is fine, this happens all the time.
The main body
The main body of your letter is where you convince the reader that you are the right person for the job. Remember that if you don't capture the manager's interest in your cover letter, they may not bother to read your resume. Focus on the main duties involved in the job and demonstrate your ability to excel in these areas by giving concrete examples of your professional work experience. This is where doing your research can really pay off. The more you know about the school district, the better you can tailor your skills and attributes to match the school district's requirements. If the district or school has a website, spend some time reading through it and gathering information. Find out what's important to them and be aware of current projects and potential issues. If you can demonstrate in your letter that you've gone to the bother of finding out about the company, this will very likely impress the manager.
It's important to try and put your own stamp on your cover letter; try to let your personality and enthusiasm for the job shine through. Tell the manager why you want this job and what you could contribute to the company. Try to communicate what it is that draws you specifically to this company and how your skills and experience could be of benefit.
Your concluding paragraph should state that you would welcome the chance to further demonstrate your suitability for the post at interview. Be sure to include your contact details too, just in case your letter becomes separated from your resume.
After completing your letter, you should ensure that it is proof read by someone with an excellent standard of literacy. Even if you are confident in your own abilities, it's easy to be blind to your own mistakes; always get it checked over before sending.