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Ah, the ever daunting cover letter! You’ve finished writing your resume, but now you have the grueling task of developing a matching cover letter (or letter of introduction).
If written and use correctly, a letter of intent (another name for a cover letter) combined with a top-notch resume or curriculum vitae CV will contribute to more interviews, better opportunities of interest and a quicker job search.
In addition to having a targeted, accomplishment-based keyword-rich cover letter and resume it is important to have a solid job search plan, which should include detailed daily, weekly and month goals.
Are you still wondering... Why do we even use cover letters or a letter of introduction? Doesn’t the resume say it all?
NO, the resume doesn’t say it all.
Cover letters are much more than just a piece of paper or just a letter. This is why you NEED a cover letter:
- Cover letters are all about first impressions; whether they are good or bad, they last.
- They show professionalism and is expected.
- They allow you to convey your credentials and expertise in a more meaningful manner.
- They let your personality shine through, along with other qualities and soft skills.
- They are marketing tools and they capture interest. If done properly, cover letters encourage the reader to pick up your resume as well.
- They explain to the reader why you are sending a resume!
- They assure the reader that you fit all their needs and your resume is worth reviewing!
Furthermore, some hiring managers will not read the resume unless there is a cover letter accompanying it — it’s a very influential job search document.
As mentioned above, cover letters provide the reader with an initial first impression about you, the potential employee. Therefore, the development of your education cover letter is critical to your job search — it is used as your first introduction to a potential school district. Do NOT opt out of writing a cover letter, especially if the school district requires one!
Did You Know These Facts About the Impact a Cover Letter Can Make?
5 great tips you may not have known about cover letters before!
- Cover letters allow you to name drop.
If you have worked within the district before, or for an influential member of the school, make sure you highlight that in your cover letter. As well, if you learned about the job posting from an employee who already works for the district, and has good standing, mention that you heard about the job opportunity from him/her. This will give you a slight edge over the competition, as the hiring administrator will likely check with the employee regarding your work ethic and disposition.
- Your cover letter can demonstrate how you will solve a school's hidden needs or problems.
Not every school is perfect; they all have their times of ups and downs, and areas that need improvement. The trick is finding out what areas are lacking and how you can be of service. If you research the school, you will discover where their needs and problems lie. However, when demonstrating how you can help solve their issues, do not declare what kinds of problems they have. Instead, hint at your abilities via your sections regarding greatest strengths and past accomplishments.
- The quality of your document reflects your desired salary.
By making sure that your cover letter gives off a professional image, you will be one step closer to obtaining the salary you desire. The quality of your job application documents must match that of your salary expectations. Your cover letter creates an image of you and your worth. Highlight anything that makes you stand above and beyond others, and that you think has earned you the right to a higher wage.
- Cover letters allow you to address gaps in your employment history.
This does not mean that you need to explain why you only worked summers as a teenager or when going to college. If you are currently out of the workforce, and have been for an extended period of time, you may need to explain why. Perhaps you suffered from medical issues, there was a family crisis, there was a new addition to your family, you were traveling, or you were going to school. Let the reader know, yes, you were out of the workforce, but are now ready to become fully committed to your position and the school district.
- A cover letter is an excellent place to incorporate quotes and testimonials.
Quotes and testimonials allow the reader to see how you have applied your skills in the working world and read about accomplishments that other employers felt were noteworthy and can attest to. If you choose to incorporate a quote in your cover letter, it should go at the end of the document. Italicize the quote and include the speaker's name and position.
You will find several insightful articles we have written on cover letter writing tips, which have also appeared in our free bi-weekly newsletter. You are guaranteed to find the information applicable and helpful!
However, if you want to ensure your cover letter lands you in the TO BE INTERVIEWED PILE, please contact Candace by clicking here or call toll-free 1-877-738-8052.
Keep This in Mind
- It is important to understand that your resume and cover letter are the ONLY things representing you in your absence.
- Your cover letter should be no longer than one page.
- The letter should "plant the seed" that creates interest in the reader.
- It should use vivid language to maintain an "upbeat" pace; thus making the information exciting — it helps to use vivid language.
- Do not make a canned or generic letter — it shows you don't have the time or interest to make it unique. This is something that we can help you with!
If you require more information or have any questions - Contact Candace at A+ Resumes for Teachers by clicking here or call toll-free 1-877-738-8052.